After gliding over glistening wooden floors supporting chic, modern fixtures, licensed aesthetician Najia Rohlf and her team greet guests in need of custom skin revitalization. In the first phase of the 60-minute European facial, a staff member cleanses pores and dusts off skin detritus. Extraction follows exfoliation, and then the aesthetician sheathes skin with a mask designed to ward off cheek-pinching aunts. Finally, a moisturizer restores suppleness and vanishes croissant flakes holding on since breakfast. Following treatments, clients can admire their newly radiant visages in nearby storefront windows and crossing guards' suits of armor.
To restore balance to their clients' body and minds, the team at Parapsychology & Wellness Center draws on many disciplines, including reiki therapy, aura purification, and astrology. Staff members also perform many types of readings. For instance, they might use tarot cards to look 6–12 months into the future, draw on numerology to reveal lucky numbers, or administer a character reading to help clients learn more about themselves, like whether or not they can actually lick their elbow.
Deep-seated stresses dissipate at the hands of Limback Wellness Center's certified massage therapists. The center specializes in hot-stone and hot-towel massages, which employ penetrating heat and soothing circular motions to boost circulation, oxygenate muscles, and alleviate the lingering stiffness that comes from serving as the spring festival’s Maypole. Aside from their popular heated modalities, the team of male and female massage therapists treats clients to gentle relaxation massages and more focused deep-tissue work.
Herbal poultices, warm oils, and energy balancing aren’t the tools of a typical spa, but at Santhigram Kerala Ayurvedic Center they’re a primary defense against stress and discomfort. The doctors, one of whom has studied ayurvedic medicine since childhood, take a holistic approach to health and happiness. They use herbs relied on by the ayurvedic method for thousands of years and believe that the natural remedies without side effects can help assuage a vast range of medical and emotional concerns. Traditional treatments include pouring thin streams of warm oil onto foreheads to reduce stress, opening pores with steam baths, and producing giggles with acupressure massage.
B Spa & Salon likes to party. The beauty hub opened in 2010 with a gala event attended by industry insiders and Real Housewives of New York City star Ramona Singer, and since then its representatives have frequented events such as the F. A. B. philanthropic party. But while the spa maintains a high profile, its primary concern isn't its own image, but those of its clients. That's why its aestheticians rely on more than 10 facial cocktails and advanced facial treatments, such as microcurrent therapy and LED lights, to promote healthy complexions. It's also why the aestheticians perform both organic sugaring and traditional waxing to deplete the body’s hair supply. Like a daytime TV judge, the salon is good at straightening things out; stylists tame unruly strands with keratin treatments from Coppola and Brazilian Blowout.
Located within the Radisson hotel, Rio Aesthetics Center specializes cosmetic laser services, massages, and facials. Experienced technicians utilize the Alma Laser Soprano XL, which boasts a rapid and virtually painless IN-Motion feature that removes unwanted hair on all skin types, including tanned or spandex. Other members of the cosmically talented Alma Laser family also play prominent roles in the spa's aesthetic lineup, including the Laser360, which is designed to stimulate collagen growth and elasticity and combat signs of aging. Staffers also incorporate laser technology into facials such as the Hydra Lift, which combines a radiofrequency laser with microdermabrasion or a professional peel.In addition to English, the multilingual staff speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian, creating a worldly vibe amplified by Brazilian–style décor and a receptionist fluent in Vulcan. Potted palms and paper lanterns lend an air of relaxation to vibrant tomato-red massage rooms, and lobby track lighting illuminates shelves stocked with quality take-home products from brands such as glo therapeutics.
Wielding organic G.M. Collin skincare products, the staff at Golden Day Spa gets to work sloughing off dead skin and illuminating alive skin with a range of body and face treatments. Clients glow after exfoliating back facials, and technicians can also apply mud wraps and seaweed wraps to lure embedded toxins to the surface and purify the body. Facials such as the Puracne Oxygen treatment reduce inflammation and fight the effects of pollution by helping increase cellular oxygenation. Massage therapists treat stressed bodies with Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue massages. Specialty foot reflexology and aromatherapy leave clients as relaxed as a sloth on its day off. The staff can also perform specialty services such as ear candling, waxing, and threading.