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.
Well-being gets a well-rounded boost from Forever Young Sport Spa's more than 25 Pilates and yoga instructors, licensed massage therapists, aestheticians, and personal trainers, all of whom work together to calm bodies and minds with in-home and studio spa services. Skilled hands hush whining necks and shoulders with eight modalities of massage, including aromatherapy with eucalyptus, peppermint, and rosemary oils and a shiatsu technique that stimulates the body's meridians with pressure and acupuncture. Custom facials punch away at pore-clogging dirt and debris, and sauna wraps help remove toxins and boost metabolism.
Taught by nationally certified instructors, Pilates and yoga group classes include beginner and intermediate reformer, cardio boot camp reformer, advanced reformer, and studio mat classes. The spa's spacious studio complements the flowing movements with simple designs in pale, earthy tones. Additional personal-training sessions eliminate the need to paint muscles on otherwise nice T-shirts.
Licensed massage therapist Sasighan “Ay” Prasertsri calls on thai massage techniques to delve into aching muscles within tranquil rooms that brim with draped curtains, lacquer paintings, and dark teak. Ay learned the ropes of thai massage—which combines guided yoga-like positions with pressure from the therapist's hands, elbows, feet, and knees—at the Wat Po Buddhist Temple in Bangkok, Thailand, more than a decade ago. Today, she helps clients escape muscle tension stemming from office stresses and pushy chainmail salesmen by using both these techniques and the steamy relief of traditional herbal compressions. Ay also plies her skills in seven Western massage modalities and spa services such as microdermabrasion, customized facials, and ear candling.
City Acupuncture’s master herbalists and acupuncturists—all of whom hold master's degrees in traditional Oriental medicine—calmly administer a range of holistic treatments.
During acupuncture sessions, the specialists invite clients to unwind on heated massage tables before lying down on fresh white linen treatment beds. With great care, the acupuncturists then begin to insert disposable needles along the limbs and torso in an effort to alleviate issues such as addictive behaviors, chronic pain, and needle-related phobias. The center’s staff also promotes whole-body well-being by administering nutritional and herbal consultations in addition to full-line of massage services.
Inside the full-service salon and spa, spare, modern decor reflects the calm, tranquil atmosphere befitting of an urban retreat. Vases cascading with flowers splash private treatment rooms with natural flair while professionals whisk away stress with custom facials and massages. On the salon floor, stylists recruit premium products—such as Swiss skincare line Mila d'Opiz, Moroccanoil hair products, and Goldwell and Majirel color treatments—to leave skin and hair feeling more refreshed and hydrated than a rain cloud getting a massage. Experienced cosmetologists and a choice of hard or soft wax minimize the pain of removing unwanted body hair.
While lasers are normally portrayed as the tools of evil geniuses, the experienced technicians at SilkAndSheer use them for good. Free consultations help the staff prescribe the proper treatment, which may include laser hair removal, a service that permanently reduces hair by destroying the follicle and impeding regrowth. SilkAndSheer also uses laser energy to rejuvenate skin and treat imperfections such as acne, pigmentation, and stubborn milk mustaches.