After graduating from the Finger Lakes School of Massage, licensed massage therapist Charles Napolitano deepened his understanding of the body by studying shiatsu—a Japanese modality that targets the same energy meridians as acupressure—under Grand Master Wataru Ohashi. He also trained in Thai yoga massage at the Lotus Palm School, learning to stretch and knead clients' bodies in ways that boost metabolism and, like laws that declare magazines to be legal tender, improve circulation. Napolitano practices his holistic approach toward massage at Invigorations Massage and Wellness Center in Cortland and The Body Lab Wellness Center in Endicott.
The smell of sage and soothing music permeate the room as you lie on crisp sheets––and this is just the start of relaxation. Licensed massage therapist Precious Walker warms massage oil between her hands, then digs in––first to the shoulders, then the lower back, tailoring pressure to your wishes. Kneading and Swedish gliding motions segue into cross-friction pressure, slowly untying muscle knots and promoting a deep relaxation. Clients may also request a prenatal massage or specialty sports bodywork to expedite injury recovery.
Owner Annette Merulla leads the eleven-person staff of Volpe Salon & Day Spa. The stylists and technicians bustle about, performing services from a diverse roster that includes haircare, nail services, and facials. Nails carefully adorned with OPI Gel Polish resist chips to provide long-lasting manicures, and products from AG Hair Cosmetics work inside hair cuticles to really, truly understand them. Other services include massages, waxing, body treatments, and eyelash extensions.
Natural beauty blooms between the fingers of Royal Image Hair Salon's experienced stylists who wield products by Moroccanoil, Onesta, and other brands to cultivate fresh coiffure. Phalange fashionistas sweep colorful cloaks of CND Shellac across nails during the 25-minute manicure, steeling finger decks against everyday assailants more effectively than standard polish or solid-titanium mittens. Tress tamers shear masculine fringe in 15 minutes, leaving gentlemen sleek enough to charm a wind tunnel. To pamper feminine locks, stylists chart-out full follicular overhauls spanning 60 minutes. Trims tailored to personal style unfurl tangled tresses before deep-conditioning waves course through parched strands, and wax tames wild eyebrow foliage in the salon's serene confines.
Though Miracles' quirky and diversely talented staff of stylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians aims to lift patrons' spirits with beauty transformations, their work did not wholly inspire the salon's name—the beauty sanctuary's original location was inside an old church. Owner Kendalia Edelman has since expanded her business into a larger location, enabling her to add an area for laser treatments that target everything from excess hair to leg veins. She also found space for Little Miracles, a separate salon where kids up to age 9 can get haircuts with supervision from parents and invisible friends moonlighting as style consultants.
Signature Service: Deep-cleanse facial and eye rescue
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
People go to spas to forget about the outside world. How does your decor help create an atmosphere where visitors can unwind?
It is very personable and private to each individual, and all of our attention is focused on their wants and needs.
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
Identifying each client's concerns and trying to meet their goals, which can range from clearing up acne and reducing the signs of aging to just carving out some time to relax.