Between work, finances, and all those paintings with wandering eyes, it can seem like stress is constant. That's where In Spa comes in. In a cozy, private room, a skilled therapist can dig deep into muscle tension with flowing massage strokes tailored to individual needs. Reflexology and foot spa sessions help the body relax, while ridding it of unwanted toxins. Clients may also request a specialty facial to exfoliate, hydrate, and renew the complexion, or enjoy a special couples treatment room with a loved one or imaginary friend.
The opposite of a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside of an enigma, SophistiCut Salon & Spa is a pampering haven wrapped inside another pampering haven. The salon and spa sets up shop inside Long Island Marriott hotel's beautifying oasis, and it’s no secret what happens there. Professional stylists and aestheticians pamper clients with a full menu of services. Though these range from signature haircuts to color applications and highlights, the versatile staff's skills, like Vulcan ears, extend far past hair. Hot stones and aromatherapy oils ripple across muscles like a coin dropped into a sink full of milk, and aestheticians deep clean skin and shrink pores with facials.
After 15 years, Unique Salon & Spa's dedicated staffers carry on with a large slate of services under their new collective moniker. A thorough spa menu is divided among categories of "beauty," "body," "soul." The "beauty" menu offers haircuts, color services, and makeup applications, prepping faces and hair for swanky appearances. "Body" services tend to fingers and toes, painting delicate colors over newly buffed nails or removing unwanted body hair with waxes. Meanwhile, "soul" offers up therapeutic massages and facials, refreshing and rejuvenating muscles and skin.
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The healers at Total Health Acupuncture & Massage each hold certifications in their respective fields, but that's not why clients keep coming back. It's the relief they provide that appeals to those in pain. Acupuncturists ease pain by inserting thin needles into the body, which rebalance inner energy not only to fight conditions such as headaches and insomnia, but also to help clients kick addictions to food or cigarettes. Massage therapists complement acupuncture with deep, flowing massage strokes that work out knots in the back that, if left untreated, can develop into really tricky sailor's knots.
At Vspa, clients relax in comfortable, cream-hued pedicure chairs illuminated by softly lit sconces. At nearby manicure stations, highly experienced technicians cover nails in acrylics and chip-resistant polish. Creative painting endeavors include coloring fingernails to look like a famed Tiffany & Co. robin-egg-blue box or a UPS package. In a private treatment room, guests can relax while an aesthetician waxes off unwanted hair, erases acne during facials, and applies eyelash extensions that add volume to existing fringe.
"Individuality is crucial," says Richard Calcasola, the founder and mastermind behind Maximus Spa Salon. He's referring to the importance of understanding a client's lifestyle and habits before providing a haircut, ensuring that each resulting look is both unique and maintainable. Listening is a skill Calcasola has stressed to his team for more than 40 years, and it has earned him a reputation for being friendly and approachable even as he helps set international styling trends.
At Maximus, Calcasola oversees a staff of beauty professionals who draw on his lessons to cut and color hair. They also perform a number of other spa-related services, treating guests to waxing treatments, manicures, and skin-firming facials. When he's not consulting with celebrities and trimming the tresses of publications such as Vogue and the New York Times, Calcasola can often be spotted making the rounds at the salon himself.