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.
Gregory Serdahl was tired of hearing people refer to massage as a decadent treat. Though he appreciated massage therapy's power to pamper, he had seen the health benefits it can produce when performed every week or two. To help as many people as possible experience these benefits, he founded Massage America, a no-frills massage studio that promotes wellness with therapeutic strokes. There, a fresh line-up of licensed massage therapists tailor each service to specific needs and preferences, making clients from all walks of life feel calm, comfortable, and respected. They use their training in modalities including Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massage to melt away bodily nuisances including tension, pain, and milk mustaches that have turned into butter beards. The therapists also specialize in deep-heat massages that incorporate hot hydroculator packs and mentholated oils that increase circulation and promote detoxification.
Krav maga teaches elaborate choreography and on-the-ground techniques designed for realistic self-defense situations. All the instructors at International Krav Maga New York have been certified by Gabi Noah at the World Krav Maga Center in Israel, where the system was developed for the use of the Israeli Defense Forces. From the first day of class, students take away tactics to defend themselves from assailants. In adaptable hand-to-hand combat exercises, men, women, kids, and individuals of varying abilities learn techniques to slip out of hand grabs, bear hugs, take-downs, and other threats in drills and scenarios that also improve strength and flexibility.
This Harlem nail spa offers manicures and pedicures to professional men and women. Shellac manicures, French manicures, silk wrap repairs and paraffin treatments are all performed by an amiable staff of nail technicians. Polished Fingertips also offers a color change service, so you can clean up your nails between appointments, while makeup, waxing and massage treatments keep the rest of the body revitalized as well. The small space is colored in splashy blues, with floor to ceiling windows that look out onto a lively stretch of Frederick Douglas Boulevard. A collection of silver jewelry is also for sale, and the spa can be booked for private events.
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.