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.
At The Pain Free Institute, massage therapist John Williams improves bodily function while easing aches and pains, offering bodywork services that can effectively alleviate ailments ranging from headaches to fibromyalgia. During the relaxation massage, practiced hands knead, roll, and drum the body in a process aimed at decreasing stress, improving mental clarity and circulation, and transforming stiff muscles into flexible monkey-bar testers. The massage's combination of oils, lotions, and targeted strokes make for a soothing, therapeutic experience akin to whittling a bar of lavender soap into a smaller bar of lavender soap.
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.
Ann Buckner's Massage Therapy's eponymous practitioner is a proud grandmother, but she's as active as any young person on the block. A kids' Zumba instructor and graduate of Healing Hands Institute, Ann infuses clients with her brand of revitalization using therapeutic, deep-tissue, and Thai massage. Before she performs therapy, Ann assesses the body's skeletal structure and posture to find out which modalities will work best for each individual.
Robert Anthony's stylists and aestheticians administer hair, nail, and skin treatments in an alabaster-white salon accented with light-hued wood furnishings. Styling chairs face floor-to-ceiling mirrors where hairdressers manipulate tresses with professional products by brands such as Redken and Pureology, and nail stations are situated in front of expansive windows that reveal river views. During massages, clients lie comfortably in private treatment rooms as therapists knead away muscle tension and worries, which slide off the table to be later swept up by the evening cleaning staff.