From the skincare experts to the nail technicians, every staff member at Namaste Salon and Spa is also a trained reiki practitioner. That's why, regardless of their specializations, they strive to radiate healing energies during each appointment. They bid clients to recline amid lilting music and aromatherapy as they flatter features with organic spa products. Their environmentally sound nail polishes—free from formaldehyde and the glossy red tears of redwood trees—complement sterile pedicure systems with recyclable liners, and reflexology treatments and massages soothe tired limbs. In addition to administering spa services, staff members also sell inspiring CDs, crystals, and scented goods from a New Age gift store.
The steady-handed staff at Utopian Salon & Wellness employs its mitten fillers to amplify and preserve outer beauty through delicate massage and spa services. Facials and microdermabrasion treatments deeply de-grime mugs to impart a youthful glow, bolstering patrons' courage to finally audition for elementary-school versions of Fiddler on the Roof. Below the neck, body scrubs and wraps improve epidermal texture and appearance, waxing procedures strip unwanted scruff, and manicures transform digits into elegant talons. A menu of massages pamper statures with Swedish, shiatsu, and deep-tissue modalities.
Aesthetician and owner Elena uses her skills from training in Romania and more than 30 years working in Manhattan to help beautify clients’ skin at her elegant, European-styled spa. Marble-clad walls and chateau-evoking sconces set the stage for seaweed wraps and sea-salt scrubs that help tighten and invigorate skin, along with glycolic-acid treatments and facials. Her european facial does not involve tattoos of random French, German, and Spanish words; rather, it includes a steaming with chamomile herbs and a natural vegetable-peel exfoliant to leave skin glowing and more youthful.
With the innovative Hypodermologie method, the aesthetic alchemists at Soleil Spa nudge natural processes into reverse by deploying biocompatible infrared light. During each approximately 50-minute treatment (a $130 value), waves of energy envelop facial features and seep into the skin, slightly and nearly painlessly boosting its temperature. The process makes faces feel silky smooth and years younger by rejuvenating aging tissues and elevating elastin and collagen production, like peeling open a banana to reveal the creamy mashed potatoes inside. By taking advantage of the body’s innate abilities, Hypodermologie gently stimulates skin and elasticity and helps rescue countenances from wrinkles, toxins, and unsightly reminders of a past lobster-wrestling career.
Kimberley Martins began her professional journey by training at Allied Health Institute. Then, she bolstered her skills by undergoing additional one-on-one training in muscle separation, a specialized form of neuromuscular therapy. And neuromuscular therapy is Kimberley's calling card. She uses the technique to relieve pain and aches and minimize the necessity of frequent future therapy or the urge to take baths in pain-relieving gel. Kimberley's expertise at neuromuscular massage was motivated in part by personal experience as a dancer, when she found the modality very helpful at aiding her in a prompt recovery from injury.
The Healing Body Center focuses on rejuvenating minds and bodies with slimming, anti-aging, and therapeutic massages. Therapists customize massages by drawing on a range of healing modalities including deep tissue, sport, senior, and oriental—a blend of Thai, Yumeiho, and Shiatsu techniques. In the studio’s treatment rooms, radio-frequency machines and glycolic acid wait to reduce fine lines and soften the skin texture of faces that have been pressed gleefully against the window of a sandpaper store. LipoSlim devices purr in other areas of the salon, beaming painless lasers at unwanted fat cells.