Raw honey, cucumber, and vitamin C might sound like the ingredients of a refreshing summer cocktail, and at Namaste Day Spa, that cocktail will be splashed on your face. These are just some of the ingredients of the desert facial, a treatment that aims to hydrate skin and combat sun damage. Other services have similarly delicious elements, such as the Ultimate Manicure with a cream massage, or the Ultimate Namaste Pedicure with a peppermint foot mask, which can soften soles more effectively than a pair of sandpaper sandals.
Despite all the edible ingredients, the spa hardly resembles a restaurant. Filled with decorative plants and bright white walls, it's more likely to bring to mind a tranquil beach oasis. Here, every pedicure takes place on a private couch heaped with colorful pillows. In other rooms, aestheticians customize procedures to different skin types and wax away unwanted body hair as massage therapists unknot muscles with a combination of Swedish kneads, guided stretching, reflexology, and aromatherapy. Throughout every service, the calming environment and decor conspire to put guests fully at ease.
Maite and Luis Cruces were burned out from a life overloaded with work and stress. It wasn't until the couple moved to Florida and studied professional massage therapy that they learned firsthand about the benefits from strengthening the connection between mind and body. At Lool Ha Spa, Maite and Luis not only get personal satisfaction out of helping clients unwind, but they find relaxation while massaging knots out of tense backs or popping the bubble wrap cushioning fragile packages.
The Cruces' personal experience with the mind-body-spirit connection is what inspires the spa's holistic perspective. Though its list of massage modalities is extensive?including Swedish, hot-stone, reflexology, and seaweed-enhanced treatments?Lool Ha Spa offers more than massage therapy. Waxing services keep skin smooth, and a variety of facials, chemical peels, and light-therapy treatments help revitalize weary complexions.
The staff at Natalie's Skin Solutions helps clients achieve glowing, blemish-free skin with state-of-the-art medical tools and treatments that are effective on all skin types. Alma Soprano XL laser technology rids clients of unwanted body hair, and skin-tightening treatments firm loose or sagging skin. The staff also imparts at-home plans to educate clients and helps them sustain the results of their treatments long after they've left the studio.
The deft hands of Debra Florio, the owner of Contour Body Works and a licensed massage therapist in her own right, alternate between firm pressures and gentle strokes as they sweep over backs in relaxing massage sessions. Debra and her team of therapists rely on a mix of Eastern and Western techniques—from the gentle, full-body strokes of Swedish massage to the shiatsu acupressure and sliding bamboo shoots of bamboossage—to drive away tension accumulated while hanging from cliffs or betting whether strangers are left-handed.
Contour Body Works’ relaxing spa services don’t end with massage. The center’s licensed facial specialists cleanse pores of dirt and oil during European facials that include steaming, extractions, and a mask tailored to each client’s skin type. Dead Sea salt exfoliates skin during salt-glow sessions, and alternative treatments such as mud wraps and infrared-sauna sessions penetrate the skin’s superficial layers to expel toxins and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Similarly innovative treatments include magnetic therapy, which draws on the science of polarity to balance the body’s vibrations and realign the needles on wonky internal compasses.
From within Queens' Club Fitness, Infinity Spa Salon strikes an effective balance between natural skincare and advanced aesthetic treatments. Located a short distance from New York City, aestheticians clear and brighten complexions with seven types of facials infused with vitamin C and hydroquinone-free lightening ingredients, and they also use the exfoliating powers of mechanical microdermabrasion. Unwanted hairs can be effortlessly removed using an all-natural, beeswax-infused formula from GiGi or the advanced technology of an Alma Soprano XL laser, which permanently removes hair from any skin type including ghosts' see-through complexions. In massage treatment rooms, therapists rely on 10 different modalities, including the ancient techniques of Thai massage and shiatsu, to release tight muscles and improve circulation.
Infinity's focus on harmony is also apparent in the salon and spa's interior design, which melds contemporary decor with natural earth elements, such as bamboo plants and warm brown walls.