Kitty Vink brings more than two decades of beauty experience to her work at Le Cheval Day Spa. As owner of this full-service oasis, she is well acquainted with skincare techniques, laser hair removal, and permanent cosmetics. It was on an educational trip to Hong Kong that she learned about the Chinese footbath—a 20-minute herbal steep followed by a 10-minute massage. This luxurious treatment can be found on the spa's extensive menu, which also includes ear candling, teeth whitening, and mani-pedis.
At La Bella Mi, an attentive team of licensed aestheticians invites patrons to strip away unwanted hair and blemishes in a soothing atmosphere. Treat a world-weary complexion to a one-hour European facial, and a savvy skinspert will customize a relaxing, cleansing, and conditioning service to meet each customer's unique skin type ($70). Or combat premature aging with the Repechage Signature Four-Layer facial, a 75-minute firming mask that swaddles the skin in a multilayered seaweed cocoon, hydrating and nourishing until it emerges looking as young and fresh as the most photo-worthy sushi ($90). For fans of oxymoronic beauty, a back facial flips façades over to treat acne, dark spots, and uneven skin tone on the back before relaxing the newly cleansed corpus with a luxurious hot-stone massage and purifying mask ($55).
A lobby decked out with leather chairs, stained wood, tiles, and flowers greets visitors to Massage Bliss & Day Spa, preparing them for a spa visit that melts away the stress and responsibilities of the modern workday. Soft, low lights and gauzy curtains hang over heated massage beds, and two candlelit couples-massage suites surround pairs in a sensual glow during romantic anniversaries or ill-advised first dates. Deep-cleaning facials flush out clogged pores and stimulate blood flow with natural ingredients, such as apple pulp and flaxseed, and aromatic salts and coconut oils soothe digits during spa mani-pedis. The day spa's arsenal of sophisticated technologies beautifies and rejuvenates bodies, with its infrared sauna detoxifying and purifying skin and its TriActive laser smoothing out dimpling and cellulite.
Stylist Alena and skincare expert Natalia apply their international training to performing skin and hair services that use professional salon and spa products. Men stroll into the beach-themed salon for a customized haircut from Alena, who trims locks according to individual face shapes and the whispered longings of the clients’ top hats. Redken product accompanies the haircut and scalp massage, the gentle pressure of which eases clients into full-body relaxation. During the signature European facial, Natalia concocts a customized blend of essential oils and skin creams by Image, Beautiful Image, or Dermalogica to cleanse and exfoliate. An individualized facial mask follows, and Natalia massages the face, neck, shoulders, and arms to keep the upper body from going limp in protest in the middle of a trapeze act.
Alan Nathans Family Chiropractic welcomes clients for therapeutic massage at the hands of licensed male and female therapists, all trained in neuromuscular massage. Over the course of 50 minutes, an expert muscle manipulator pays careful attention to a client's responses, helping them get to the root of tension-causing bodily quirks. Decorated in a combination of bright blues and soothing beiges, the modern office boasts a welcoming, airy feel. You'll leave the premises with your muscular fibers singing as harmoniously as a barbershop quartet, instead of screeching like the lead singer in a hair-metal barbershop quartet.
Stylist April Estes cleanses her clients' manes with organic, sulfate-free products from Pureology and DevaCurl. In addition to cuts and color, Estes combats frizz with Brazilian keratin treatments and sweeps strands into sleek updos for special occasions.