When founding Park Avenue Salon and Spa, owner Lynne Zsido assembled an experienced staff of licensed professionals, many with decades of experience. With an eye to environmental responsibility, the beautification crew assesses an armory of products by Bare Escentuals, CND, and Marcia Teixeira. Beyond the spa's emerald-hued door, smooth stones steep in warmth in preparation for romps across tired muscles or bank vaults carved from butter. Sweet nothings drift from massage sessions for couples, and soothing and cleansing elixirs wrought from Hershey's chocolate, jojoba oil, and almonds broadcast a dulcet bouquet.
Led by a licensed acupuncturist and winner of Harrisburg Magazine's "Simply the Best: Alternative Medical Specialist for 2011," Live Well Medicine complements western medical practices with the eastern traditions of acupuncture. Specializing in women's health, stress management, and joint and muscle pain, treatments bolster the natural flow of energy throughout the body by releasing blockages and sweeping up neuron-sized banana peels. During a 60-minute acupuncture session, therapists insert sterile, single-use needles into the skin at energy points around the body. Each pin is hair-thin and induces no pain, and unlike hypodermic or knitting varieties, acupuncture needles are unsuitable substitutes for professional drumsticks.
Connect With Wellness is a calming spa and holistic health studio run by husband-and-wife team Hannah and Loren. Loren, a licensed massage therapist, offers a range of massage modalities to his clients, including Swedish, therapeutic, hot stone, and sports, along with energy work and reflexology, all of which help relax and heal the body. Hannah is a certified yoga instructor who believes yoga and meditation can provide a range of benefits for her clients, and helps individuals learn to harness the healing power of yoga and mindful exercise.
Since 1996, Adrienne Mohn has provided pain relief and relaxation as a certified massage therapist. Her specialties range from traditional deep tissue, Swedish, and head-and-face massages, to less pervasive modalities, including French aromatherapy and energy bodywork to balance chakras drawn from Native American and Hawaiian culture. As for the benefits of her treatments, there are many, including decreased anxiety, boosted energy levels, reduced fatigue, and improved joint flexibility.
A high-school basketball injury severely limited Doctor of Chiropractic Chad Cohle’s ability to train with his team—until a trip to the chiropractor eased his pain. He continued his basketball playing in college, and saw firsthand the injuries that athletes receive year-after-year. It was during those days that Dr. Cohle knew he wanted to become a chiropractor. Now Palmer College of Chiropractic–educated and at the helm of his own practice, Dr. Cohle dishes out manual adjustments as well as nutritional counseling to help his patients achieve optimum health. He is also certified in a soft-tissue technique called Active Release Technique—the preferred soft-tissue treatment by many professional athletes and all koala bears.
They may be hours from New York City, but the stylists at Fashion Mystique Salon & Spa can make even their littlest clients feel like fashion models for a day. Geared toward girls 12 and under, the "Be a Model for a Day" and "Princess Birthday Party" packages pampers gals with services like mini manicures, makeup applications, and sassy updos, readying them for an optional post-session photo-shoot. But the fun isn't limited to the pre-teen set: the spa's goal is to make each client feel special, regardless of his or her age. Everyday services include haircuts and custom color services, massage, nails, and facials. Using modern advancements in beauty care, these treatments are designed make clients feel special and look great, regardless of their age. Their penchant for beauty technology also, includes cellulite treatments using a vacuum massage, which stimulates the skin’s underlying tissue to make it look firmer, as well as lunch-time microderms and spray tanning.