The holistic practitioners at Essential Therapy NY strive to align body and mind through massage and custom, organic facials. A gurgling waterfall greets each guest as senses explore a studio whose feng shui evokes the grounds of East and South Asian temples. Across five treatment rooms, muscle masons deliver 10 relaxing and therapeutic massage modalities augmented by breathing techniques such as "inhaling" and "exhaling." For visage revivification, skin specialists coddle faces with organic ingredients in products from Hungarian line Éminence Organic Skin Care. The studio also offers accoutrements such as a Jacuzzi, sauna, and dual-purpose steam room and bagel oven.
The Empire State Building beckons the eyes of tourists and locals alike, yet as clients exit Renait 5th Avenue Salon's penthouse across the street—whose opening was kicked off with help from Miss Universe 2010—they draw gazes back down to earth. With products from Nexxus, Aveda, and Sebastian, experienced stylists reinstate health and style to hair with custom cuts, colors, and conditioning treatments after determining each client's aesthetic preferences and penchant for standing in front of wind machines. Cleansing facials enhance natural beauty, waxing treatments whisk away unwanted hair, and nail services ready fingers for an evening on the town. Renait's beautifiers also take inspiration from European salons, buttressing hair and skin services with massage therapy that enhances body function, helps alleviate pain, and soothes stress after arguments with the person in the bathroom mirror.
Therapists at Forest Hills Spa don't limit themselves to traditional Western spa techniques to help clients heal from daily stress and tension. Instead, the staff draws from traditional Russian therapies that include exfoliating oak-leaf treatments and a circulation-reviving salt scrub. These services together with Western-style massage are performed in private treatment rooms separate from the main spa. In public areas, clients can jump into a cold plunge, a comfortable pool, or a 12-person Jacuzzi ringed by walls of marble mosaics. The mosaics give way to aromatic cedar in one of the three saunas, where clients can loosen their muscles or interrogate snowmen. Apart from spa services, Forest Hills includes a food center that plates traditional Russian entrees, snacks, and beer alongside a squeeze-your-own-juice bar.
The stylists, aestheticians, and makeup artists at Damali NYC beautify hairdos and visages with a full roster of salon services. Taking its name from a feminine Arabic handle that translates to beautiful vision, this Fifth Avenue studio lives up to its lofty moniker and has thus attracted such stylistically inclined celebrities as Natalie Portman, Eva Longoria, and Lil' Kim. Walls of soothing pastel blue surround the salon’s beauty experts as they deftly brush on makeup for weddings and primp up eyelashes with lush extensions for upcoming proms or driver's-license photos. Mani-pedis and facials imbue fingers, toes, and complexions with a flush of radiant youth, and spray tans empower vampires to travel incognito in sun-kissed shades.
Richard Cacase knows from personal experience that an external makeover can illuminate a person's state of mind. His goal has always been to make people feel good by looking good—something that he's strived to achieve since 1996. Richard spends time with each client who enters into Body Beautiful Spa & Laser Center's sage green walls, leading consultations to determine primary concerns and devise suitable treatment plans. Skincare regimens may include deep-cleaning skin with organic facials, exfoliating with chemical peels, or vanquishing unwanted hair with stern looks and electrolysis. Visits to the spa are enhanced by a cozy fireplace, ambient music, and complimentary wine, water, and juice.
Dubbed a beauty bartender by Well+Good NYC, Diana Seo heads up B Spa Bar's crew of licensed aestheticians, massage therapists, and fitness gurus who blend Western and Eastern philosophies into customized spa treatments. Three boutique-salon locales treat well-worn epidermises to more than 20 visage-centric therapies, from mini facials and collagen masks to LED photorejuvenation. Physiques in need of revitalization can be pampered with a host of body treatments, including spray tans and nail services as well as more than 15 massages, which help to loosen limbs and leave muscles as relaxed as a mountain lion on a mall walk. B Spa Bar's shelves boast Priori and G.M. Collin skincare products, and lifestyle services, such as detox programs and mommy makeovers, give the spa's fitness experts and makeup maestros a chance to shine.