Welcoming all the weary, achy, and waterlogged with an equally warm, professional presence, licensed acupuncturist Samina Quraishi takes a gentle approach to her treatments. During a quick but thorough consultation, she'll ask you about all your maladies, imbalances, and Pokemon allergies; listen carefully to your desires and needs; and provide a treatment that best suits your corpus and overall emotional well-being. Then, in a one-hour session at the clean and comfortable facility, she'll begin her healing process, putting horizontal soul sacks at ease with her calm, conversational manner.
Located in Astoria, Queens, Carl Clarke Aesthetiques is a cosmetic medical center that specializes in cosmetic facial procedures and body contouring—non-surgical skin-renewing treatments and spa treatments that are designed to rejuvenate and relax clients. Cosmetic medical specialist Carl Clarke, RPA-c heads up this soothing beauty spot, where his team of medical professionals provide dermal fillers, such as Radiesse and Restylane Perlane, as well as vein therapy, laser treatments, and chemical peels. Clients can come in for a round of collagen induction therapy, which helps the skin take on a more youthful glow, or have a series of Botox injections, which reduce the fine lines and wrinkles that come with aging or sleeping on your face all night. The spa also offers bioslimming treatments and a host of radio frequency modalities to treat the entire body.
Owner Alta Garcia Fernandez, an internationally trained beautifier, helms a team of hairstylists, aestheticians, nail technicians, and massage therapists at Rizos Spa. Spa services, which include facials, sauna sessions, and detox treatments, simultaneously relax and beautify their recipients. The salon space at Rizos houses stylists who make hair look so good that clients completely forget why they ever walked around for eight months wearing foam mascot heads. In addition to a skilled team and a soothing, earth-toned atmosphere, staff members use carefully selected products that contain plant extracts, fruit acids, enzymes, and aromatherapy oils, all of which naturally contribute to the radiant calm Alta and her team seek to inspire.
Hanging from the ceiling of Kings Relax Center is a potpourri of 3D floral designs, which scatters the lighting in all directions—some of it reflects off the polished hardwood floors, some of it pokes through patterned shoji screens. But this is just the periphery; center in on the room and you’ll find rows of reclining beds, and past there, rooms with massage tables. Here, massage therapists soothe and relax tense bodies with traditional Asian bodywork. Gridlocked muscles unwind during body, face, and foot massages. Essential oils can be added to the mix, and ear candling helps dislodge built up wax, toxins, and the solidified sound waves of elevator music.
With a specialized assortment of clinical skin treatments, Kim Laudati works to help her clients maintain clean and healthy pores. Laudati focuses on skin maintenance and damage prevention with acne facials and natural-treatment sequences. She also orchestrates anti-aging procedures such as the Le Magnifique facial—a six-stage process that utilizes exfoliation, microcurrent therapy, and red-light therapy to stimulate collagen and appetites for daffodils. In addition to beautifying her clients' skin, Laudati performs body treatments such as massages, scrubs, and wraps.
A steamed ball glides along the spine, the herbs inside it shifting with its twists and turns. This is Thai bomb therapy, a traditional treatment of acupressure zones that can trace its current incarnation back to Wat Pho temple in Bangkok, and it's one of several eastern-influenced therapies available at Enliven Body Work. The rest of the services are more familiar—deep-tissue massage, waxing, and a lineup of eight facials. The attention to detail that allows aestheticians to customize each of these facials to the client's skin type extends to the spa itself; when not being used for a service or as a practice surfboard, treatment tables are decorated with a pyramid of rolled towels topped with a flower.
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