Japanese-style folding screens line up to form private treatment areas inside Hallelujah Foot & Spa. Each nook holds treatment beds where clients relax during massages and acupuncture sessions. The spa's other services include facials and waxing sessions for the legs, stomach, and liver. The relaxing vibe is enhanced by Japanese hand fans and paper butterflies in bright hues clinging to the wall.
Licensed massage therapist and skincare expert Irina Ionina had always dreamed of running her own spa where she can heal others while fostering relaxation and well-being. Having opened Ganesha Spa, she’s achieved that goal, and now spends her days practicing eight modalities of massage, such as shiatsu and hot stone, to relieve muscle tension and alleviate stress. She also rejuvenates skin with anti-aging treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, micro-needling, and nonsurgical face-lifts, and hosts kundalini mediation classes each Monday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Erica Breining founded Bellava MedAesthetics & Spa as a place where people could find medical-grade solutions to common skincare problems. Staffed by a team of physicians and aestheticians, her center offers everything from surgical procedures to customized facial treatments, helping combat the creases and blemishes that accompany aging skin. Although turning back time isn't an option, improving the skin's tone and texture can boost clients' confidence while restoring their naturally youthful radiance.
Meet the Doctors
|Dr. Chang Soo Kim||Dr. Marc Epstein|
|Board-certified plastic surgeon||Specializes in cosmetic injections and aesthetic medicine|
|Received his medical training at Yale University||Graduated from the University of Miami Medical School|
|Currently has more than 10 years of experience performing surgical procedures||Background as a sculptor gives him fresh insight when it comes to cosmetic care|
Meet the Technology
Bellava MedAesthetics & Spa's licensed medical aestheticians are highly experienced when it comes to using cutting-edge cosmetic technology. Here are a handful of ways they use it to refresh and beautify the skin:
O2living, a holistic health and wellness center, treats bodies with nontraditional methods designed to heal and improve overall quality of life. One such method is a live-food diet, which cleanses systems with meals made of raw, live foods, such as locally harvested greens and macrobiotic salads and soups.
Also popular are O2living’s juice-cleanse regimens, which chefs press daily from organic fruits and vegetables. One visit to the café, where they juices are created, had reporter Alice Gabriel of The New York Times vowing to improve her own lifestyle, calling the fare “motivational.”
In addition to diet plans, O2living offers yoga classes, organic skincare treatments, and relaxing massage. A one-year membership to O2living completely overhauls bodies with such perks as a monthly mini facial, unlimited yoga classes, four seasonal juice cleanses, and access to a living-food chef and educator.
Whether attending to a client's facial needs or love of eclectic nail colors, the aestheticians at Cosmetic Boutique are committed to their use of organic and paraben-free beauty products. This gallery of makeup and skincare formulas includes products by brands such as Jane Iredale, Skinceuticals, and Natura Bissé. The boutique mainly serves as a personalized small-scale shopping experience, where trained staff walk customers through their stock. And yet, as a combination beauty shop and med spa, it also has staff who perform services ranging from oxygen-infused facials with exfoliation and extractions to waxing and airbrush tanning.
At Therapeutic Acupuncture Wellness, the group of licensed acupuncturists address ailments of every stripe with an array of ancient healing arts. Acupuncture subscribes to the ancient view that the basis of good health is the harmonious balance of qi (chi). Qi gong weight-loss programs tap into traditional Chinese principles to identify the root causes of weight gain and help clients adjust their lifestyles accordingly.