Facials were meant to be relaxing—something the proprietors of Beau Esthetics try to infuse into every service at their spa. It begins the moment a client walks into the clean, white space and continues through each facial treatment and waxing service. Aestheticians use fine Decléor aromatherapy skincare products to even and tone the skin during each facial, taking care to keep their client in a peaceful state all the while. But skincare is really at the center of each service. Skincare therapies come with their own customizations to suit individual skin types and the unique microneedle therapy system (MTS) offers an intense anti-aging treatment that promotes collagen production.
The massage therapists and aesthetician at Spa Dew perform treatments that combine Eastern and Western sensibilities—all within a tranquil, nature-inspired ambiance. The 5,000-square-foot space boasts a reception area with a waterfall and groupings of plants and flowers bring the outdoors in, as does a wall decorated with variously sized tree cross sections. The water fountain in the hallway further nods to nature, and leads to a steam room and spacious relaxation rooms for women and men.
A privacy suite allows couples to share time in a sauna and get a side-by-side Korean-style scrub or a massage with heated stones. The beauty experts also use nature-based products including sea salt, Dead Sea mud, and Decleor essential oils, which are free of harsh chemicals and animal derivatives such as unicorn tears.
Opulent chandeliers hang from the ceiling, reflecting light off the gilded mirrors that decorate Jolie Toi Salon & Spa. Clients can recline on the leopard-print sofa in the waiting area before having their hair tousled, snipped, and braided into Celtic knots by owner-stylist Charbel Mousallem. With 15 years of styling experience in London, Lebanon, and the United States, Charbel’s haircuts, conditioning treatments, and professional styling have enhanced the heads of celebrities such as Elton John as well as contestants on America’s Next Top Model. Aesthetician Sylwia Gorzkowska rounds out the spa’s beautifying services and brings 10 years of experience to the table, having worked with the renowned Elemis and AmorePacific skincare companies. Her cleansing facials and waxing services have spruced up the faces of celebrities such as Tiki Barber and have found their way onto the printed pages of Vogue and Elle.
Chains of papery, white disks surround ceiling lamps at Element Salon and Spa and scatter golden light over the mod, spacious studio. A black-and-white color scheme permeates the space, which houses a row of stand-alone styling stations that resemble the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey, but with more hairspray. In this space, stylists update hairdos with cuts and coloring treatments, and aestheticians and nail techs tuck into quieter corners for waxes, facials, and mani-pedis. In the waiting area, flat-screen televisions roll footage of fashion shows as iPads entertain patrons who await appointments.
For more than 30 years, the staff at Giambieri Coloring Spa has dedicated their work to improving the hair and skin of their clients with cuts, coloring, and variety of facial treatments. Each specialist harnesses their own individual creativity and combines it with training in the latest spa products and techniques to create looks that are designed to fit your specific personality and favorite houseplant. The studio’s elegant space, decked out in polished hardwoods and homey accents, proves to be a suitable setting for Giambieri's equally elegant nail services and facials.
Pilates helped Regina Poblete not only get in shape after having a child, but also fight off postpartum depression by establishing a healthful physical routine. She wanted to share the exercise with others, so she sought certification ins Stott Pilates, a modernly modified form of the turn-of-the-century exercise. Having completed the intense requirements, she began teaching for Rx Pilates.
Regina teaches both classic mat and reformer classes. On the mat, she observes the central principles of the Stott method, keeping the rib cage, pelvis, scapula, and cervical spine in alignment while letting the breath flow. In class, she guides students in the use of some exercise-enhancing props, such as resistance bands and objects that can be reimagined as funny hats. The Stott reformer also boasts modifications that enhance the exercise form’s five alignment principles while students sit, kneel, and lay on its mobile platform.
Drawing on more than 40 years of combined experience in practicing traditional chinese medicine, the team of doctors at Columbia Acupuncture Herb holistically treats a medley of symptoms with herbs, acupuncture, and chinese massage. Working to burgeon the body’s ability to self-heal, combined nonmedical therapies may help treat ailments such as allergies, hypertension, insomnia, migraines, and the inability to digest light bulbs.
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