Feel Well Therapeutic Massage & Bodycare advocates health and beauty through relaxation, rejuvenation, and exercise. Seasoned instructors impart breathing and bending wisdom in four different classes that are open to all skill levels: Yoga, Yoga Plus, Extra Gentle Yoga, and Pilates. Class duration varies from 60 to 90 minutes. The schedule of morning and evening sessions makes it easy to squeeze fitness into planners packed with car pools, errands, and intergalactic espionage. Because class space is limited, inner-peace seekers should call ahead to reserve a spot.
A subtle heat spreads throughout Fuel the Soul, distinct from the scorching air at hot-yoga studios that warm the room with thermostats. The muscle-melting energy seeps into muscles, coaxing tension away. This brand of heat comes from a system that emits infrared rays, capable of penetrating deeper into tissues and detoxifying patrons while they move through classic yoga poses. Co-owner Greg Fine explains to Patch.com, "Exercising … in an infrared heated sauna can help you burn calories much faster." The heat emanates from lamps that, according to Greg, are identical to those used by surgeons in neonatal hospital units and fast-food line-cooks in NASA space vessels. Customers can reap the heat's benefits, which include a faster metabolism and easier healing, whether they’re attending yoga classes or simply steeping in the far-infrared sauna.
Another offering as unusual as a cat and dog that only fight about who loves the other more is the Gyrotonic workout, "a unique method that uses movements found in swimming, yoga, and tai chi and helps improve strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination." Greg—who studied under Juliu Horvath, the Romanian dancer and exile who developed the exercise to recover after tearing his Achilles tendon and rupturing a few spinal disks—teaches the technique to students of all fitness levels and ages, whether they’re recovering from injuries or courting greater flexibility.
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 separate spa and salon locations.
Although hair is still the focus—stylists craft 'dos that reflect 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 is so broad, many clients take advantage of Cactus Club memberships, which give them the flexibility to try multiple services and products by deactivating the force fields between treatment rooms and granting a 33% discount on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
"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.
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.
At The Center for Ionic Detox, technicians work hand in hand with clients to keep the body's interconnected systems running cleanly and efficiently. Ionic footbaths employ the cleansing power of water to help remove heavy metals and pollutants from vital organs, and herbal supplements help patients eliminate pent-up lactic acids and wastes. High-tech skin-analysis magnifiers peer deep into the three layers of skin to unveil blemishes, and nonsurgical anti-aging procedures help to revitalize faces with minimally invasive treatments.