Like a day spent near the ocean's spray, a trip to The Breathing Room can rejuvenate the body and the mind. Visitors to the salt-therapy center read, listen to music, or just relax while breathing air infused with pharmaceutical-grade salt. A natural antiseptic, the salt can calm skin conditions such as eczema or acne. It also soothes sinuses and respiratory systems suffering from allergies, asthma, or inflammation.
At Salon E, owner Eleni Kotretsos shapes new 'dos with Wella products and trendy techniques learned in frequent classes at the Wella studio in New York City. At her home salon, Eleni colors, trims, and conditions tresses while clients dip taste buds or frostbitten toes in mugs of coffee. Hardwood walls and ceilings surround guests waiting on a couch or zebra-print chair in the waiting room, which is ringed with shelves of MoroccanOil and milk_shake products. In the styling area, a chandelier augments the natural light streaming through two large windows, and an antique dress mannequin draws admiration from passersby and secretly performs janitorial duties after hours.
The staffers at A Touch of Heaven Salon and Spa perfect appearances and soothe aching muscles with services that use designer product lines. Stylists bathe tresses in Keune hair hues, which allow clients to match their locks to previous dyes or Monet’s water lilies. Dermalogica products cleanse complexions during eight kinds of facials, each of which targets a different source of the skin blues. During the exfoliating body scrub, sea salt sloughs off dead skin cells and clears a pore pathway for a river moisturizing oils, which are tinged with such scents as lavender or peppermint rosemary. The spa also corrals its services into themed packages, including a Teen Angel session that arms adolescents with beauty tips and a Honeymoon spa day for two complete with massages, facials, and the hand-holding required by most couples' prenuptial agreements.
Helmed by beauty-industry veteran Melissa Keppel, Aprile Salon embellishes coiffures with hair-prettifying services. Mane metamorphoses begin with a hair-cleansing shampoo that lifts away grime and washes out cracker crumbs left by shoulder-perched parrots. In the 60–90 minute highlighting session, the stylist enhances natural hues with Wella hair-coloring products, adding eye-catching bursts to once-uniform hair tone. After chromatic transformations, a style and finish prepare heads for reentry into the outside world, leaving 'dos looking more alluring than hypnotic, snake-fashioned wigs.
At MMAXOUT Fitness, certified trainers fuse high-impact circuit workouts with the punishing training techniques of MMA fighters. A sample class might find students transitioning from slicing upper cuts through the air to dropping down and pounding out mountain climbers and muay thai elbow strikes against a pad on the ground. Each week focuses on a different muscle group, helping participants build a balanced, toned body. Instructors challenge their students to dig deep, leading the charge through vocal shouts of encouragement and silent yet stirring kabuki movement pieces.