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.
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.
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.
The skilled staffers at The Spa at Hilton Woodcliff Lake refresh frazzled minds with an array of massages and restore weathered countenances with a bevy of salon services. While unloading their stresses atop a soft massage bed, visitors yield muscles to soft strokes during massages that melt away bad thoughts like a cell phone in the microwave. The crew also consists of several skin specialists, who draw upon their skills to moisturize skin, restore rich tones, and remove unwanted hair.
Melange Med Spa's team of professionals combats signs of aging with noninvasive laser treatments. The Venus Freeze device employs magnetic pulses and radio frequency to reduce wrinkles, break up fat deposits, and smooth cellulite more effectively than sleeping on a bed of rolling pins. Unlike many other types of lasers, Venus Freeze's aim is as focused as a fly-fishing kindergartener, which allows technicians to target specific trouble areas for treatment. Customers meet for a consultation before the procedure to maximize its likely efficacy, and then technicians guide the laser's imperfection-eradicating gaze over targeted areas on the body. The device stimulates collagen production and employs thermal energy to tighten the skin.