Japanese-style folding screens line up to form private treatment areas inside Hallelujah Foot & SPA. Each nook holds treatment beds where clients relax during massages and acupuncture sessions. The spa's other services include facials and waxing sessions for the legs, stomach, and liver. The relaxing vibe is enhanced by Japanese hand fans and paper butterflies in bright hues clinging to the wall.
Located in Astoria, Queens, Carl Clarke Aesthetiques is a cosmetic medical center that specializes in cosmetic facial procedures and body contouring—non-surgical skin-renewing treatments and spa treatments that are designed to rejuvenate and relax clients. Cosmetic medical specialist Carl Clarke, RPA-c heads up this soothing beauty spot, where his team of medical professionals provide dermal fillers, such as Radiesse and Restylane Perlane, as well as vein therapy, laser treatments, and chemical peels. Clients can come in for a round of collagen induction therapy, which helps the skin take on a more youthful glow, or have a series of Botox injections, which reduce the fine lines and wrinkles that come with aging or sleeping on your face all night. The spa also offers bioslimming treatments and a host of radio frequency modalities to treat the entire body.
Bronx Community Wellness Center combines ancient Chinese medicinal practices with modern techniques. That’s perhaps best symbolized by electrical acupuncture, in which electrical signals are sent through needles to create tiny, circulation-stoking muscle twitches. Licensed acupuncturists also use traditional techniques, inserting small, sterile needles into precise points to help restore energy flow and attempt to treat issues such as allergies, indigestion, or anxiety. Licensed massage therapists use Swedish, shiatsu, Thai, and circulatory modalities to evict stress, aches, and long-buried memories of scary clowns from muscles and spines. The Center also offers herbal medicine and classes in subjects such as meditation and yoga.
Dishan Elise founded Human@Ease—pronounced “humanities”—to approach the many facets of fitness from angles as diverse as her client base. Planning her programs with the belief that no two people's health regimens are the same, she gathered modalities from circuit training to massage before opening the gym.
One of the gym's ultimate goals is for its guests to feel fully comfortable in a workout environment, and to that end, its signature Introversion Training program has a self-training component. Instructors walk through equipment use and slow yet vigorous exercises in the strength room, which only permits four users at a time. After a few sessions with a trainer, guests are ready to sign up for time slots and train on their own.
During development of the distinctive fitness haven, Elise made sure that everything from the facility's hardwood floor to its teleportation chambers were made from 100% repurposed materials, earning a feature in the Greenpoint Star. Throughout the eco-conscious studio, she creates little pockets of purposeful serenity by sequestering each of the gym's offerings—which include group classes, fitness equipment, and holistic acupuncture and massage services—into their own uniquely designed room. The ohm room surrounds yogis with nature-themed wall decals, the strength room boasts rich red tapestries surrounding strength-training equipment, and the minimalist wellness room soothes eyes with a light green color palette as therapists perform reiki massage.
Since 2007, Green Forest Foot & Body Work has provided wellness for both the mind and the body. Specializing in body massage, the staff works to alleviate pain, tension, and fatigue during sessions that employ various degrees of pressure, kneading, stroking, and rubbing. Heated stones help relax muscles, and foot reflexology and acupressure target specific points on the body to relieve discomfort. The massage services aim to help all types of clients – from injured or stressed bodies to already-relaxed bodies coming out of yoga class or a six-month hibernation.
Inside the full-service salon and spa, spare, modern decor reflects the calm, tranquil atmosphere befitting of an urban retreat. Vases cascading with flowers splash private treatment rooms with natural flair while professionals whisk away stress with custom facials and massages. On the salon floor, stylists recruit premium products—such as Swiss skincare line Mila d'Opiz, Moroccanoil hair products, and Goldwell and Majirel color treatments—to leave skin and hair feeling more refreshed and hydrated than a rain cloud getting a massage. Experienced cosmetologists and a choice of hard or soft wax minimize the pain of removing unwanted body hair.
Licensed massage therapist Sasighan “Ay” Prasertsri calls on thai massage techniques to delve into aching muscles within tranquil rooms that brim with draped curtains, lacquer paintings, and dark teak. Ay learned the ropes of thai massage—which combines guided yoga-like positions with pressure from the therapist's hands, elbows, feet, and knees—at the Wat Po Buddhist Temple in Bangkok, Thailand, more than a decade ago. Today, she helps clients escape muscle tension stemming from office stresses and pushy chainmail salesmen by using both these techniques and the steamy relief of traditional herbal compressions. Ay also plies her skills in seven Western massage modalities and spa services such as microdermabrasion, customized facials, and ear candling.