Inside a spacious home office warmed by a crackling fire, Venus Salon and Day Spa's three-person team uses products from brand names such as Schwarzkopf and Bioelements to restore softness and glow to clients’ hair and skin. In the salon, stylist Amanda Smart draws upon more than 10 years of experience to fashion updos, condition tresses, or permanently or temporarily imbue hair with custom color.
Meanwhile, licensed aesthetician Andrea exfoliates bodies with chocolate cherry sugar scrubs and faces with diamond microdermabrasions. She can also treat men’s skin concerns, removing blackheads and uncaught baseballs from pores during custom facials. Licensed massage therapist Mark kneads muscles with four variations on massage, including prenatal and hot stone.
Guests at the Integrative Healing Spa can make a day of their favorite pampering procedures by indulging in customized treatments and lounging in a well-equipped relaxation haven. During the hot-stone pedicure, a back rub eases muscle tension, and soaking toenails play Marco Polo with departing stress. Licensed technicians administer an exfoliating scrub to jettison calluses, then follow that with a hot-stone massage for weary arches. Nail nurses apply a final coat of lotion and polish or buff nails to make them bright enough to signal aircraft to pick up some milk on their way back to the hangar.
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.
Under the watchful eye of owner Jennifer, the stylists at Innovations 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.
Dr. Fred Gardner and his team help clients battle cellulite, shed inches, and form healthy habits with a diverse menu of custom body-contouring services. Wraps created by a UCLA biochemist help spur the lymphatic and circulatory systems, prompting natural detoxification, inch loss, and cellulite reduction. Detailed health assessments and wellness consultations guide patients toward better health by identifying obstacles to weight loss. Self Mastery Technology uses sensitized pulses of light and sound to deeply relax bodies and help clients release bad habits. It works to help people lose weight, boost energy levels, manage pain, stop smoking, de-stress, and accelerate learning.
At Belladerma Wellness Spa, clients don’t just get a relaxing facial or body treatment, they also get an education. Owner Ann Latocha strives to inform her clients about the latest skin care treatment options and also hosts Reiki certification classes for those interested in energy work. During corrective or relaxation facials, the licensed aesthetician uses products from DermaQuest and Pevonia to enhance skin health, while advanced treatments see her reaching for salicylic acids to exfoliate away signs of aging or pumpkin and honey to calm inflammation and remove protein buildup. To treat skin below the neck, Lynn combines dry brushing and heated herbal towels with a vitamin serums and warm basalt stones during a body wrap, which is designed to hydrate dry skin and flood clients with peaceful memories of their childhood cocoon.