The staff at Finger Lakes Spine & Body Works aims to improve patients on both the outside and inside. Chiropractors, acupuncturists, and massage therapists work to alleviate physical ailments that range from headaches to sciatica to insomnia. Their services include manual and instrument adjustments, herbs, and massages. A cosmetologist focuses on pampering bodies with mani-pedis and facials that use natural and non-toxic products.
Rooted in the ancient salt chambers of Eastern European, Salt Sanctuary helps heal the body through exposure to a sterile and unique microclimate. Guests spend a soothing spell in either the rustic salt cave or the modernly appointed salt room, breathing in a safe and non-allergenic atmosphere that helps ease the symptoms of allergies, respiratory illnesses, and skin conditions. Salt Sanctuary’s cave boasts heated floors, reclining chairs, and a soothing in-room sounds system while the salt room includes a coffered ceiling and decorative, Himalayan-salt finished walls.
When Michele Taber, a licensed cosmetologist of two decades, decided to open Meeshe’ Salon and Spa in her native county, the beautifier selected a waterfront Cayuga Lake location that exuded tranquility. Her salon and spa treatments transfer the natural serenity indoors with mani-pedis augmented by seaweed wraps and full-body scrubs that exfoliate with sea salt instead of the traditional tool, corrugated cardboard. A fleet of freshly updated tanning beds warm bodies to a beachy glow, and shears or wax rid bodies of excess hair.
Doctor of Chiropractic Ellis Smith believes that everyone can benefit from chiropractic care—he even extends his services to children, as some treatments may reduce the severity of allergies, asthma, and ADD. He realigns the spines of adult patients with adjustments or refers them to on-staff massage therapist Ayla Fialko, who gently works out muscular kinks. Fialko also provides body waxing out of Combined Chiropractic, enabling patients to look as smooth on the outside as they feel on the inside after a treatment.
The expert aestheticians at Exquisite Skincare and Waxing mollycoddle guests from the neck up with facials custom-fit to their skin types and strengthened with Dermalogica tonics and salves. The Dermalogica facial commences with a mapping that analyzes the face’s topography and plots the most direct bus route from the chin to the forehead. A skinsmith then double cleanses and exfoliates the visage, ridding it of stubborn makeup, dirt, and past-their-prime skin cells. Warm steam opens up pores before a gentle extraction, if necessary, whisks away blemish-causing bacteria from the face. The façade refurbishing continues with a customized mask and application of serums, toner, eye cream, and a hydrating moisturizer. A light facial massage concludes the pampering, transporting minds to places of relaxation—like a sandy beach or the inside of Paul Bunyan’s pillow. Exquisite Skincare ensconces visitors in a serene setting decked with lavender paint, glowing chandeliers, and fresh flowers.
Nikki Shay earned her massage-therapy license at Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage, where she beat out classmates for awards such as Best Shiatsu Massage. Visitors to TsunHara Massage can experience her top-of-the-class talent in the form of relaxing Swedish strokes, deep-tissue kneads, and calming treatments that incorporate hot stones. In addition to physical relaxation, the treatments can have benefits that range from relieving depression and anxiety to improving clients' concentration levels so they can finally bend a spoon with brainpower alone.
Ja Spa & Fitness's well-equipped gym beckons exercisers with a host of Cybex and Precor workout apparatuses and a menu of eco-friendly spa services for unwinding after intense sessions of sweat manufacturing. On the main floor, a strength-training circuit of Cybex Eagle gear welcomes challengers with tough resistance, and treadmills on the second level improve endurance for running after ding-dong ditches. In the gym's hardwood-floor studios, lively instructors lead a variety of group fitness classes such as boot camp, spin sessions on Trixter X-Bikes, and boxing sessions for women and children. Private chambers along the spa area's winding hallways ensconce clients, who can indulge in skin and nail services to boost bodily aesthetics. Three levels of tanning beds coat limbs in bronze hues, and a team of massage therapists plies tension from overworked muscles. Brick archways and a stonework fountain complement Ja Spa & Fitness's high ceilings and taxidermied tyrannosauruses for a lodge-like vibe.