An Indian-born and -educated Ayurvedic practitioner, Ismat Nathani was determined to create a place in the Western hemisphere that shared the wonder of East Indian medicine while still maintaining its historic integrity. In 2002, she founded Centre for Ayurveda & Indian Systems of Healing, or CAISH, which fosters the holistic arts through three branches: education, healing, and wellness products. An extensive education program accepts both beginners and advanced professionals into accredited courses on techniques ranging from yoga to Ismat's specialty, neurotherapy. Visitors may also receive holistic and Ayurvedic treatments from CAISH's menu of wellness services, such as acupuncture and steam baths practiced in five treatment rooms throughout the 1,500-square-foot facility. A selection of essential oils and Ayurvedic herbs encourages at-home health maintenance more pleasantly than a meditation CD filled with a mother's guilt trips.
Complete Balance Health Centre lives up to its name by housing a diverse staff whose services aid in patients’ overall well-being. Doctors of Chiropractic help treat injuries and correct posture with adjustments that include pretreatment warm-ups and posttreatment care, such as stretching and heat therapy. Naturopathic doctors nimbly execute an array of natural practices, from acupuncture to homeopathic medicine and botanical and herbal substances. Meanwhile, registered massage therapists improve blood flow and flexibility with soft-tissue manipulation that alleviates chronic pain and convinces muscles to hand over stress and life savings. But the Complete Balance Health Centre team knows that not all pain is physical. The staffers also help people combat fear and anxiety stemming from traumatic events, such as car accidents.
After she began working for a salon at age 14, Pina Baldassi knew that she wanted to dedicate her life to the beauty industry. This passion led her to open Pina B's Salon & Spa in 1987, and eventually expand the business 10 years later to add space for spa treatments.
One group already benefits from Pina's decades of experience, though—the staff at Pina B's Salon & Spa. Under their employer's guidance, the stylists work with clients to design flattering new looks. The aestheticians look beyond scalps to exfoliate bodies with blends of salts and aromatic oils, design custom facials using Oxygen Botanicals products, and uproot unwanted stubble with warm wax.
Led by founder and volleyball pro Steve Delaney, the staff members at Pinnacle Wellness harness their diverse backgrounds in massage therapy, fitness, and wellness to address the needs of corporate workers. The hands-on professionals develop customized on-site programs in various workplaces, where they lead clients toward reaching their health and wellness goals, whether they’d like to lose weight, eliminate chronic aches, or prevent injuries during live-action role-playing tournaments.
At Golden Wave Spa, staff members strive to provide each client with a relaxing, peaceful experience. That’s why they’ve created a soothing, oasis-like atmosphere where men, women, and overheated camels can enjoy a huge array of pampering treatments. From mineral salt scrub therapy to signature facials and eyelash extensions, the spa’s services beautify visitors from head to foot.
Romana Valji and Salima Nazir have been friends for a decade now, and Sanam's Boutique & Salon —named after Nazir's daughter—represents the blossoming of their bond since they emigrated from Pakistan in 2007. The dream began in their homes, where they designed elegant, richly embroidered shirtdresses and gowns. After a family friend announced she was having a baby and needed someone to help manage her fledgling salon, Nazir and Valji fused both businesses into the beauty haven that it is today.
In the bright front room—where lights resembling movie-set lamps spotlight mod black leather chairs—stylists use Goldwell products to create lush, long layers and glamorous blowouts. A semicircular cutout in the far wall reveals a shelf of OPI polish in the nailcare nook, where a cushy pedicure throne presides over a white table with UV lamps for curing Shellac manicures. One room in back reveals racks of Nazir and Valji's flowing, jewel-toned robes, which they encrust with floral-patterned kora and dabka according to their own taste or alter the shape, material, and color to suit their clients' wishes for elegant gowns or bespoke burlap sacks. The other chamber hides a comfortable table for massages and a diamond-microdermabrasion machine used by the staff's aesthetician in tandem with products from the Parisian skincare line Yon-Ka.