Spa on The River's menu of Old World Italian–themed services are inspired by owner Judith Santimaw's world travels, which have included stops in Rome, Milan, Tokyo, and Singapore. Her cross-country and international journeys uncover the latest spa treatments and techniques, ranging from raindrop therapy with essential oils to Roman-style "Sistine Chapel" paraffin treatments that leave hands soft and free from paint chips. Santimaw shares her discoveries not only with her team of aestheticians, stylists, and massage therapists, but also with students at the Phillips Hairstyling Institute, where she earned professional degrees in nail specialty and cosmetology.
Guests can relax into salon stations or pedicure thrones flanked by Romanesque statues as the soothing sound of water comes from a lion-faced fountain inside and the Seneca River outside. Behind them, a full-wall mural depicts a lush garden scene complete with a grandiose fountain. Clients dry newly painted nails by the fireplace or head to the dock behind the spa to give any lingering stress a Viking funeral.
The aestheticians at New You Skin Solutions and Massage focus on doing one thing, and doing it well: skincare. Their expertise in wrinkles, acne, and sun spots yields custom treatments that range from basic facials to anti-aging masks. In addition to these classic spa offerings, the professionals have embraced contemporary technology. Microcurrent treatments, microdermabrasion, and both red- and blue-light therapies lessen the appearance of laugh lines and frown lines obtained from watching a clown throw a cream pie then realizing that was your cream pie. The experts renew skin amid the soothing taupes and creams of private rooms, which also set the stage for the spa’s massage therapists, who relieve aching muscles with Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal massages. Small additions such as hot stones or paraffin hand treatments augment the pampering sessions.
Therapeutic Massage of CNY aims to help bodies become healthier with a range of holistic therapies. The licensed massage therapist attends continuing education classes to keep massage skills in top shape and perfect customer favorites; the Swedish and deep tissue massage. Simple head, neck, and shoulder massage helps obliterate tension caused by long periods spent sitting at a desk or standing under it.
With a comprehensive approach to physical health and well-being, Ja Spa & Fitness provides patrons with gym equipment, exercise classes, and a slew of spa services. Muscle builders can bulk, tone, and sculpt in the main weight room with an extensive assortment of free weights, machines, bikes, and hefty textbooks. Learn dark fitness secrets while picking the minds of experienced exercise sages who impart kinesthetic wisdom during 30-minute personal training sessions (a $20 value each). The VIP membership (an $80 value, including enrollment fee) includes sauna and locker room access. Eradicate lethargy in one of Ja Spa's myriad of fitness classes, such as cardio combo, Zumba, kickboxing, spinning, or yoga, an ancient form of exercise that has outlasted sheep benching and cardio poker.
The elite troop of stylists and aestheticians at La Tresse by Renee sprinkles patrons with top-name products during services that improve nails' appearances and clients' moods. During the 60- to 90-minute spa mani-pedi, a skilled nail technician shapes unruly talons in a flurry of precision clips. Extremities then bathe in a salt scrub, which sloughs away extraneous cells and rough, flaky patches. Talented fingers massage hands and feet, and hot towels make their nerves tingle with warmth. Paws then slip into a soothing moisture mask that leaves skin as soft as James Taylor’s bathrobe. A coat of polish dresses and strengthens nails for strolls through the yellow pages or fraudulent jaunts across the keys of a player piano.
Under the watchful eye of owner Jennifer, the stylists at Innovations Salon & Day Spa trim, texture, and tint hair with ease. Their teen services cater to guests aged 12 to 17 by providing acne remedies and cutting hair into the shape of prom tiaras. Makeup artist Carrieann coats skin in 100% mineral makeup, while massage therapists knead muscles with treatments such as hot-stone, paraffin-drench, and sinus-relief massages. After each appointment, visitors can stock up vegan, gluten-free, and sulfate-free certified organic products from Surface.