The staff at Feel Well Therapeutic Massage & Bodycare encourages health from head to toe with a slew of facials and body scrubs, yoga sessions, and laser therapy treatments. The team performs more than a dozen specialized facials to exfoliate pores and moisturize skin as well as relaxing body wraps that soak skin in minerals and enzymes before a warm, session-ending shower washes enzymes down the drain to beautify freshwater fish. The center also fosters wellness through activity and fitness sessions. During Hatha yoga classes, certified yoga instructor and 20-year veteran Debra Monaco teaches students to unwind through sequences of postures that incorporate breathing techniques and meditative practices.
More than 30 years after its inception, Cactus Salon & Spa and its team of continually educated stylists have not lost their edge—they earned the Long Island Press’s designation as Best Hair Salon and Best Day Spa in 2012. It's not surprising, then, that the salon has enjoyed such impressive growth over the years, with more than two dozen locations now blanketing most of Long Island. Though hair is still the focus—stylists craft hairdos that reflect either everyday ease or fashion-forward thinking—the repertoire has expanded to include everything from nail treatments and massages to permanent cosmetics and laser services. Since the roster of services is so broad, many clients take advantage of Cactus Club memberships, which give them the flexibility to try multiple services by deactivating the force fields between treatment rooms and granting a 33% discount on products and services on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
The stylists at De La Mer Salon & Spa specialize in Brazilian straightening and hair extensions, helping clients feel their finest for weddings, birthdays, and nights on the town. Spa staffers glamorize nails with Shellac manicures, revitalize visages with facials, and apply permanent makeup that holds its color longer than a rainbow created in the spray of the fountain of youth. De La Mer Salon & Spa also boasts an accessories boutique populated with stylish handbags and fine jewelry.
The certified muscle magicians and epidermis invigorators at Gerard's The Spa soothe both skin and senses with a line of all-natural Italian products. Gerard's Signature Facial deploys classic European facial techniques, which delightedly open pores like cash-filled birthday cards. Gentle exfoliation and a facial massage precede the skin-swathing customized mask, and a final element of nourishing moisturizer adds vivification to complexions. A symphony of oils, creams, and lotions make beautiful music throughout the Swedish massage, which uses long, connective strokes and kneading to improve blood flow, stimulate the lymphatic system, relieve physical tension, and melt stress into a puddle of biodegradable papier-mâché. A glass of wine puts the cherry on top of the relaxation sundae.
"Individuality is crucial," says Richard Calcasola, the founder and mastermind behind Maximus Spa Salon. He's referring to the importance of understanding a client's lifestyle and habits before providing a haircut, ensuring that each resulting look is both unique and maintainable. Listening is a skill Calcasola has stressed to his team for more than 40 years, and it has earned him a reputation for being friendly and approachable even as he helps set international styling trends.
At Maximus, Calcasola oversees a staff of beauty professionals who draw on his lessons to cut and color hair. They also perform a number of other spa-related services, treating guests to waxing treatments, manicures, and skin-firming facials. When he's not consulting with celebrities and trimming the tresses of publications such as Vogue and the New York Times, Calcasola can often be spotted making the rounds at the salon himself.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
When she isn't providing critical care at a hospital or working with her clients at Faceology New York Aesthetic Skin Center, Dr. Debra Hoffman spends much of her time losing herself in her artistic skills, which are inextricably tied to her understanding of medicine. At her skin center, she combines the latest in medical advances with a deep aesthetic understanding to help guests glow like works of art or a baby's Glo Worm toy. Botox and Juvéderm injections smooth away facial wrinkles, and high-powered peels strip away dead skin, jump-starting the production of new, glowingly fresh cells.