Skin Spa New York's seven Manhattan locations all represent the same business, but you wouldn't know it by stepping inside. That's because the spa strives to imbue each spot with the feel of its surrounding neighborhood, whether it's the bustling atmosphere of Midtown or the artsy character of Chelsea. Whatever the address, every studio brims with a mix of pamper-centric spa and results-oriented med-spa services using products such as PCA Clinical Skin Care and glo therapeutics. Private massages and full-body waxing complement the purifying effects of facials, which target individual issues such as blemishes and fine lines. Meanwhile, higher-tech treatments can revamp the entire body without a single incision, thanks to light-based techniques such as the collagen-boosting Laser Genesis, skin-tightening Titan laser, and anti-aging Photolight and Limelight facials, which remove signs of sun damage. A company-wide collection of more than 20 lasers can help clients rid themselves of hair by targeting and destroying the follicles that grow it. A plentiful stock of skincare serums is also available for purchase, allowing clients to keep their skin pristine at home.
Signature Service: Minimally invasive vein treatments
Brands Used: Electrocoagulation (VeinGogh) that close blood vessels
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
According to Vein Medic, an estimated one in four people suffer from some form of leg-vein disorder during their lives. These varicose and spider veins can be painful, and even if they aren't, they can make people feel uncomfortable with their appearance. So Vein Medic's physicians, including board-certified Dr. Michael Kassouf, who has been eradicating unwanted veins for more than 25 years, fight them with a variety of treatments.
Two of the most popular treatments include sclerotherapy and endovenus laser therapy. During sclerotherapy treatments, doctors inject the unwanted veins with an FDA-approved sclerosing solution, which causes the veins to collapse, die, and eventually fade from view. Endovenus laser treatments also collapse veins, though they require a laser fiber to be inserted into the vein. Both minimally invasive treatments can help patients feel more confident walking around in public in shorts, dresses, and figure-skating costumes in a few weeks.
Most Popular Service: Personal training sessions
Brands Used: Personal training, nutrition, and massage therapy
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Pro Tip: Come ready to make an appointment for more sessions, because one or even three is never enough
Q&A with the Co-founder
Sometimes the little things make all the difference. Do you bake any supplementary services into your main services?
Before we meet with clients, they have to fill out a questionnaire so they can be matched up with the right professional. This makes their experience more personalized and fun.
Do you use any products or brands you're particularly proud of? What makes them uniquely effective?
Our certified specialists are usually experts in more than one area of massage. Some of them are also certified nutrition coaches and can help you understand body aches from a nutritional standpoint.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
If you like our therapists, you can take them to your office and share their services with your co-workers. Hello massages for everyone. All you have to do is ask.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We also offer personal training, and nutrition counseling
When she's not running a distressed-animal rescue operation, you'll find Karliin Brooks serving pressed juice and raw, vegan food from the counter of a juice bar or the window of a biodiesel-fueled food truck. The lifetime vegan founded The Squeeze as another search-and-rescue mission of sorts: to save New Yorkers from their own poor dietary habits and the environmental impurities that constantly bombard them. Brooks uses a Norwalk hydraulic juice press to convert unpasteurized produce?which is organic, non-GMO, never frozen, and local wherever possible?into sippable, superfood mixes that aid detoxification and weight-loss efforts. The Norwalk hydraulic juice press preserves live enzymes, minerals, and nutrients to help the body reset and kill cravings.
In addition to tasty, healthful juices, Brooks prepares a full menu of raw and organic breakfast foods, desserts, and savory dishes, including coconut truffles and "moc n' cheese" made with gluten-free pasta. She also promotes individual and planetary wellness via group or private food-prep classes, teaching people how to make "cheese" out of cashews.
While traveling the world as a professional opera singer, Denise Galon had an exhausting schedule to keep up with. In an effort to keep her body in peak condition, she sought out restorative treatments
and found herself drawn to Eastern medicine. As she started feeling better, she also began embarking on a new passion ? becoming a holistic wellness expert. In the process, she learned how to administer Champissage Indian head massages, Indian face-lift massages, and Kansa Vatki foot massages.
Champissage, which has been practiced in India for more than 1,000 years, releases tension through gentle but firm kneads to the head, shoulders, neck, face, and upper arms, without using oil. It also helps balance energy in the body, and is especially good for people who feel depressed or tensed, according to Denise. Kansa Vatki foot massage also helps balance energy, and face-lift massages help tone connective tissue and and balance the body.
Dr. Galon still travels the world, but now she does so while lecturing on healing techniques. She has even told readers on Oprah.com how to relieve headaches and stress with Champissage techniques.
As a medical doctor and integrative medicine practitioner who specializes in treating pain, Dr. Jignyasa Desai understands the need for treatments that work and work fast. It's with this idea in mind that the doctor has outfitted each of her three New York-based clinics with advanced beauty and health equipment.
Computer diagnostics and pain management programs help Dr. Desai locate and treat the root of health problems, which can range from arthritis and fibromyalgia to joints that creak every time you try to tiptoe past your parents' bedroom. Dr. Desai and her team also stave off signs of aging with both simple aesthetic treatments such as Botox injections as well as more involved services. These latter include infusing oxygen into the epidermis via a gentle-pressure machine and performing Ultherapy, which uses painless ultrasound technology to lift aging skin, a procedure highlighted by Barbara Walters on "20/20".