From within Queens' Club Fitness, Infinity Spa Salon strikes an effective balance between natural skincare and advanced aesthetic treatments. Located a short distance from New York City, aestheticians clear and brighten complexions with seven types of facials infused with vitamin C and hydroquinone-free lightening ingredients, and they also use the exfoliating powers of mechanical microdermabrasion. Unwanted hairs can be effortlessly removed using an all-natural, beeswax-infused formula from GiGi or the advanced technology of an Alma Soprano XL laser, which permanently removes hair from any skin type including ghosts' see-through complexions. In massage treatment rooms, therapists rely on 10 different modalities, including the ancient techniques of Thai massage and shiatsu, to release tight muscles and improve circulation.
Infinity's focus on harmony is also apparent in the salon and spa's interior design, which melds contemporary decor with natural earth elements, such as bamboo plants and warm brown walls.
For nearly 12 years now, the massage experts at Armando's Day Spa have tailored each massage to address and correct conditions ranging from poor posture to chronic pain. With a combined total of more than 2,000 hours of instruction, the team knows just where to place hot stones to melt pent-up tension, as well as the exact therapeutic techniques that can help muscles recover from injuries sustained in the workplace, on the sports field, or following an automobile accident. But their soothing services don't stop at massage. Body wraps corral the power of volcanic earth clay to increase circulation and help expel toxins, and facials with microcurrent technology help retrain facial muscles and reduce their dependency on battery power. Even the nail services at Armando's can have therapeutic benefits—the spa's signature manicures and pedicures blend in seaweed masks, mineral clay, and other vitamins and marine extracts to help soothe arthritis and reduce joint inflammation, leaving hardworking appendages feeling as healthy as they look.
Acqui Spa’s cocktail- and travel-themed services channel the luxury of a tropical vacation inside vibrantly colored treatment rooms. Facials and body wraps cull smells and flavors from classic cocktails; in the ultimate mai tai body wrap, for instance, infusions of coconut lend serums an exotic aroma, and tangy lemongrass mimics the refreshment of a first sip. Vacation-themed services jet the senses away on distant retreats with far-flung ingredients such as Pacific salts, Polynesian florals, and seaweed harvested by trilingual octopi. The highly trained staff regularly looks to Europe for cutting-edge beauty treatments, such as injections of stem cells—harvested from French cows in a cruelty-free process—designed to smooth and firm skin.
The private, tropical-themed treatment rooms treat the eyes to crisp citrus hues or cool ocean blues. In the waiting room, chaises made of minimalist white leather offset the boldness of walls’ lime-green hue and the busyness of their packed poster-modeling schedule.
At International Massage, Asian-inspired décor, glowing candles, and spa music work in tandem to nurture a tranquil and relaxing environment. Before their appointments, guests wait in a quiet waiting room where they can watch videos that describe the various types of massage offered by the clinic. Once they've been escorted to their private treatment room, they're free to relinquish pent-up pain and tension as trained specialists knead at sore muscles using a custom blend of techniques. To keep the feel-good vibes flowing throughout the body, International Massage also offers Chinese cupping treatments that promote better blood flow, as well as ionic detox foot baths that aim to coax toxins from the kidneys, liver, and colon to ensure the body passes its yearly emissions test.
The experienced aestheticians and massage therapists at GreenLeaf Day Spa perform a spectrum of services to wash away everyday stresses and unpretty frowns. During a massage, a licensed massage therapist employs essential oils and lotions to help release tension in muscles and joints. Alternatively, facials infuse skin surfaces with a combination of organic ingredients from GreenLeaf’s signature product line. Waxing treatments can remove unwanted hair without the hassle of shaving or rolling in a pile of duct tape, and ionic foot detoxification draws out detritus and stale sawdust from the body. Acupuncture, makeup applications, and manicures ensure that clients look and feel their best when going out into the world or singing "You Are My Sunshine" to their boss.
The palm tree-lined campus at Sunstate Academy betrays its function by appearing on the surface to be an upscale salon. Yet, instead of performing the services themselves, the professionals inside are teaching and observing students as they put into practice their knowledge of cosmetology at the school's Salon Solaris. At pristine styling and wash stations, they cut, relax, color, perm, and condition hair. With the diversity of student interest comes diversity of services, and patrons might be pleasantly surprised to find dreadlocks, candy curls, finger waves, and elephant ears on the menu. The apprentices also dabble in nail and spa services, performing mani-pedis, and facials.