Most spas dabble in several aesthetic arts. But at Laser Hair Associates of Rockland, the staff specializes in a single service: laser hair removal. The three owners—each of whom holds laser technician certification—apply their expertise to all treatments at the center, targeting hair follicles with Candela’s FDA-approved GentleMAX laser. Just seconds before the laser permeates the follicle, the handpiece emits a spray of cooling cryogen, helping to prevent discomfort or prematurely melted ice cream. A few days before treatment begins, the technicians will also consult with clients and treat a test patch of skin to make sure it reacts well to the laser.
Inside Cloud9 Skin Care Salon, licensed aesthetician Helene Clemenza focuses all her beautification know-how on brightening up her clients' skin. In the harsh and cold winter months, Helene helps her clients combat dry, flaky skin with treatments such as hydrating facials. As the summer approaches with its trips to the beach and calf-flexing competitions, Helene can wax away unsightly body hair and perform sun-damage-erasing facials.
At Luminique MedSpa, Dr. Michael A. Fiorillo is double-certified as a general doctor and a plastic surgeon, which gives him a multidisciplinary perspective on his clients' health and aesthetic concerns. The doctor offers plastic surgery, med-spa services, and even a series of wellness programs that help clients achieve the look they want without having to berate all their household mirrors into compliance. The spa's facials and laser skin-tightening treatments help clients feel more confident, remarks a staffer. "That's what we do. That's why we're here: to make everyone feel better about themselves." To spread the sense of well-being all over, clients can also opt for boot-camp classes and 12-week holistic programs for greater fitness and health.
To ensure that all the treatments and services offered at Beauty Victorian Secrets Day Spa are effective, rejuvenating, and worthy of her clients' time and money, Yvonne tests them all on herself first. Inside her inviting day spa, she tests out classic European facials, moisturizing freeze-dried masks, and paraffin-vitamin C treatments. She and her welcoming staff offer solutions to physical woes with their waxing services, specifically their bare-all Brazilian, which leave skin silky smooth without the cuts associated with shaving or the debilitating hand cramps of tweezing.
Surrounded by the cool tones of Salon 141’s icelandic blue walls and chocolate wood-framed mirrors, stylists cultivate face-flattering cuts tailored to the client's lifestyle. Helmed by stylist Suzzanne and manicurist Lisa, each who draw on 18 years of expertise, the team performs Keratin treatments and Brazilian blowouts to straighten frazzled manes, while experienced aestheticians wax away unwanted hair, revitalize visages with custom facials, or foster a UV-free glow with a full-body airbrush tan. Clients can also relax as a certified manicurist spoils nails with mani-padis, Shellac polish, and oral histories of little piggies and their entrepreneurial exploits.
As a nationally certified and licensed massage therapist with a master's degree in special education, Jolie Schiering knows the power that touch can have to reduce anxiety and show support. Drawing on this experience and more than 1,000 hours of bodywork instruction, Jolie tempers troubled sinews with a variety of massage techniques. Lounging in a private room, clients prepare for Swedish, shiatsu, or hot-stone bodywork as the scented tendrils of aromatherapy oils uncurl through the air. When not calming muscles as a therapist, Jolie uses knowledge gained while acquiring a personal-training license to compete in races such as the San Diego Marathon, and obtained CPR certification from Red Cross.