Though Dr. Robert Grobelny holds advanced degrees in acupuncture and chiropractic medicine, his pursuit of knowledge is not limited to the classroom. In 2007, he traveled to Hang Zhou, China, where he assisted in rounds at a teaching hospital. Back home, Dr. Grobelny is one of only three Erie County doctors licensed to practice in both acupuncture and chiropractic medicine. Invoking the nearly 5,000-year-old holistic remedy of acupuncture, Dr. Grobelny treats ailments ranging from arthritis to addiction using tiny, minimally invasive needles. He also diagnoses and treats musculoskeletal-system distress with a discerning chiropractic eye and the deft touch of a neurosurgeon concert pianist.
Partnered with Aveda, Corto's Salon & Seasons Spa contains knowledgeable beauticians who pamper bodies with soothing facials and skin-smoothing waxing services. Spend an hour relaxing amid sumptuous hues and warm lights as the signature facial assiduously works to rejuvenate skin via personalized products and tender hands. Philosophers can emerge from bliss with reduced facial lines and a clear head, perfect for materializing hypotheses regarding the makeup of a platonically ideal bologna sandwich. With the facial, hands and feet can relish a resplendent massage that will leave them feeling as light and free as appendages felt before the advent of gravity. For waxing services, bewhiskered bikini lines ($25) and lanate lips, brows, and chins ($35) are improved via wieldy wax, which works to gather troublesome tufts and send them packing. Furry forearms ($25) and ruffled chests ($45) can even be rendered sleeker than their amphibian counterparts.
Candy Kids Spa combines things that kids love—including more than 100 types of candy, candy-flavored facial masks, a heaping helping of personalized attention, and fun activities such as karaoke—into one memorable experience. It should come as no surprise that the company's formula is a successful one, since it was, in fact, inspired by a 6-year-old. As she told Elizabeth Carey in a 2010 Buffalo Business First feature, owner Ayanna Williams came up with the concept when her daughter requested her own special treatment after seeing the pampering going on at a traditional spa.
Williams and her daughter decided to retrieve some frosting out of the cabinet and had a good time creating their very own tasty "facial." Williams's daughter told her friends at school about it, and soon Williams started traveling to people's homes for mobile parties. She then bought a storefront on Niagara Falls Boulevard, gutting the building herself and painting the walls in bright rainbow colors. Williams eventually expanded the business to include two more locations in New York state and is in the process of creating franchises elsewhere.
The innovative spa, which has been featured on WKBW Channel 7 News, offers services ranging from candy-colored mani-pedis to a spa factory where kids can make their own lip gloss and candy-scented perfume. They also host parties to celebrate a birthday or a long-awaited truce in a war over which sister gets to sleep on the top bunk.
Muscle kneader Toveh Zaifert knows that every one of her clients is different. That's why each of her massages is different as well. A graduate of the New York Institute of Massage, Toveh specializes in the customization of her treatments to fit each individual's needs. When she begins a treatment, she'll ask if there are any specific aches, pains, or fears of cowbells she can help allay. Clients then can also choose whether they'd like soothing music played or prefer the serenity of silence. Toveh has trained in a number of massage modalities and is particularly skilled at Swedish, deep-tissue, and medical massage.
From head to toe, inside and out, the attentive staff at You're So Vain Salon and Spa cossets clients with therapeutic services. Stylists twist and tease locks into vibrant new styles and nail techs, meanwhile, fortify fingers and toes with gobs of mortar or long-lasting OPI color. Aestheticians give attention to epidermal layers with chemical peels and DermaSweep MD—a facial that sweeps away dead skin cells with topical solutions, vacuum pressure, and a precision brush-tip exfoliation. The spa treatments, including hot-stone massages and teeth whitening, can be combined into packages, with bubblegum-scented options for Little Girls spa parties.
Cassandra Guise, owner of Dolce Salon & Day Spa, oversees a team of stylists who skillfully clean, cut, and color hair. The spa’s aestheticians coat nails with striking, lasting polish, and tress wranglers can attach hair extensions that create the illusion of flowing locks or provide storage space for earbuds.
Founder and licensed therapist Kristen M. Wood soothes distressed musculature with seven different modalities of massage, from smooth Swedish strokes to the localized finger pressures of shiatsu bodywork. The clinic's specially designed massage table leaves backs optimally exposed to the therapist’s 10-fingered artistry, and hot-stone massages ease muscular tension and warm insides faster than a bowl of chicken-noodle lava. Kristen culls inspiration from ancient China and modern science alike to design techniques that bolster cells’ oxygen supplies, relieve soreness, and alleviate stiff joints.
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