Cindy Barshop may have a familiar face. She gained reality-TV fame as a cast member of The Real Housewives of New York City, but she found success much earlier when the Madison Avenue spa she founded more than 10 years ago grew into a hair-removal brand known throughout the country. Completely Bare’s waxing specialists dab bikini lines with the shop’s proprietary blend of ouch-less wax, which adheres to hair instead of skin to avoid the painful pull that often accompanies a waxing session. The blend is hypoallergenic and does not cause acne, which makes it ideal for depilating sensitive skin and touchy bodily zones. Routine waxing sessions add extra sparkle with the salon’s vajazzling service, which bedecks newly hair-free spots with up to 70 Swarovski crystals arranged into such shapes as hearts, stars, peace signs, and MPAA ratings. The spa specialists also migrate beyond the below-the-belt area to polish the rest of the body with facials, laser hair removal, spray tanning, and teeth whitening.
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.
Inside Antoinette Boudoir Spa's private treatment quarters, gilded drapes and plush beds furnish privacy and comfort for holistic therapies. Owner Clara Raykin styled the spa to resemble Marie Antoinette's castle, outfitting chambers with royal décor such as oil portraits, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, and chairs carved to accommodate modern petticoats. "You feel like you're in a spa in Paris here," said a reporter for Fox 5. "It's like a French powder room." The royal theme extends to the services, which aim to rejuvenate and pamper clients with the highest-quality products and technologies. In addition to standard treatments including massages and body wraps, the spa offers new therapies such as colonic hydrotherapy, ionic foot detox treatments, and ear candling. Employing organic products and years of experience, aesthetic professionals slough away dead skin cells with body scrubs and soften cellulite deposits with body wraps. Detox and general spa packages are available for singles and couples.
The founder of Shen Tao Studio, William Hedberg, named his business after a Chinese phrase evoking the wisdom acquired from studying the mind and body. His own studies began with an investigation of dance, gymnastics, athletics, and martial arts. William integrated his findings into a series of movement classes and a line of custom-built training equipment designed to leave you with “the simple experience of your own body." The studio's classes, workshops, and rehabilitation therapies lean on these minimalistic, modular structures to strengthen the mind-body connection in a playful style.
Shen Tao Studio holds its group and personal training sessions in a spacious studio with picture windows and hardwood floors unhindered by columns or cardboard cutouts of Star Wars bounty hunters. The space’s 14-foot ceilings amplify crystal-clear sonics projected by a Bose audio system.
The certified aestheticians at Pearl Beauty Spa enhance appearances by merging a medley of beautifying treatments with top-shelf products from the likes of Germaine de Capuccini and Repêchage. With exfoliating microdermabrasion, hydrating facials, and fuzz-busting waxing and threading services, skin specialists leave body coverings refined and radiant without the hassle of befriending a lonesome Renaissance sculptor. Massage treatments for men, women, and couples uproot tension from anxious backs and shoulders through aromatherapy and Swedish modalities.
Visitors to Spa Ja pass beneath a black-and-red façade inspired by the wood-scrap decorations of favelas, or shanty towns, in founder Giovanna Kupfer’s native Brazil. Within the minimalist tiled interior, therapists wield exclusively organic products and natural treatments that can bolster whole-body wellness without invasive procedures such as force-feeding skin cells broccoli.