Aqua Vitae Spa is at the intersection of holistic and conventional medicines, uniting the two philosophies inside one serene space. Plastic surgeon Dr. Nicholas Sewell is the man-sized glue holding the center together, and along with a staff of dedicated practitioners—including aesthetician Isabel Sutherland—he explores surgical and nonsurgical solutions to his patients' aesthetic quandaries. The center's repertoire includes traditional skincare such as facials, peels, massages, and microdermabrasion along with more novel methods, including the decadent gold caviar facial, which infuses 24-karat gold flakes into the skin and takes its inspiration from King Midas’s favorite meal. Every time the center adopts a new therapy the staff takes care to test them on themselves before using them on clients.
Licensed massage therapist Charles Michener calms tight muscles with one-hour Swedish, sports, and deep-tissue massages in a serene, home-like studio near Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Swedish massages feature rolling and kneading strokes and lotion and aim for relaxation; deep-tissue massages aim to release chronic stress with deeper pressure. Michener also helps athletes stay on top of the game with sports massage, and performs energy work to keep the body in a state of balance and relaxation.
Three levels of nail technicians (junior, senior, and master) beautify hands and feet with high-quality lotions and scrubs, Dashing Nail?s own brand of nail polishes, and their own Virtual Nails, which are nail coverings that looks like real polish. All technicians have very high sanitation standards and kick bacteria to the curb by cleaning tools with effective autoclave machines, washing ceramic pedicure sinks with a hospital-grade disinfectant, and providing clients with personal manicure kits that include a nail file and re-sealable bag.
A 1997 graduate of Finger Lakes School of Massage, licensed massage therapist Peter T. Mugnolo draws from his extensive experience, using a variety of therapeutic modalities and holistic techniques to craft custom healing treatments. Peter tailors his massages to soothe whatever ails each guest by employing various strokes from the Swedish, deep-tissue, and shiatsu massage techniques he specializes in. The kneader also applies his experience as a lifelong percussionist to the sessions, lending massages a lulling rhythm and entertaining patrons with air-cymbal solos.
It may sound counterintuitive, but when the hustle and bustle threatens to overwhelm them, smart city dwellers head to the heart of Manhattan. That's because, just steps from the Empire State Building, there's a peaceful place?The Ruby Spa. Inside the private treatment room, Jin, the massage therapist, provides a fresh approach to bodywork sessions in order to dispel tension and encourage muscles to unwind. Jin customizes a mix of massage modalities to meet the needs of each client, including original techniques she has created over the course of her practice.
After a revelatory trip to Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks in 2006, outdoor enthusiasts Laura and Alan Falk cast off the shackles of software careers to begin new lives as tour guides and planners. The pair created standard tours to introduce travelers to the area's local wineries, gorges, waterfalls, and historic towns, as well as custom tours that let natives and visitors design their own experiences based on personal preferences and hunches about the location of buried treasure. Past custom tours have included birthday scavenger hunts, bachelorette weekends, and private birthday celebrations with wine tastings. Experience! The Finger Lakes draws on more than 30 years of intimate local knowledge to create lasting memories in a thriving area replete with natural beauty, rich culture, and a captivating history.