Studio director Simona Cipriani, like all the instructors at The Art of Control, trained under Romana Kryzanowska, who studied directly under Joseph Pilates himself. The studio, therefore, prides itself on being not only certified, but a direct ideological descendant of Pilates' very inventor.
Many clients come to The Art of Control to take part in group or private lessons, and particularly advanced students can get specialized independent instruction. More than one type of Pilates is practiced at the studio. In mat Pilates, participants work through routines atop their own colorful rectangles, and in reformer Pilates, the Pilates-proprietary workout machines provides resistance to counter participants’ movements, creating an additional strength-training element to build strength and muscle definition. Other classes may incorporate props, such as bands, wedges, and rubber chickens wearing novelty-size sunglasses. Feldenkrais and Zumba classes also speckle the calendar, and teacher-training programs prepare students to teach. Personalized nutrition programs and massage therapy further spoil bodies and increase health. The Art of Control also hosts and participates in events and workshops.
B Spa & Salon likes to party. The beauty hub opened in 2010 with a gala event attended by industry insiders and Real Housewives of New York City star Ramona Singer, and since then its representatives have frequented events such as the F. A. B. philanthropic party. But while the spa maintains a high profile, its primary concern isn't its own image, but those of its clients. That's why its aestheticians rely on more than 10 facial cocktails and advanced facial treatments, such as microcurrent therapy and LED lights, to promote healthy complexions. It's also why the aestheticians perform both organic sugaring and traditional waxing to deplete the body?s hair supply. Like a daytime TV judge, the salon is good at straightening things out; stylists tame unruly strands with keratin treatments from Coppola and Brazilian Blowout.
The staff members at Lifeline Hygienics are all certified to administer gravitational colonic irrigations. However, their expertise goes beyond colon hydrotherapy?before each client's first session, they also discuss diet and health history, hoping to administer colonics from a holistically minded standpoint. The colonics themselves are helped along with abdominal massage and the manipulation of reflex points, which aids in releasing waste.
Derma Science Spa founder Olga Misevich, a skincare professional with more than 10 years of experience, shuns harsh chemicals in favor of organic products and homeopathic remedies. Her licensed staff shares her belief in the efficacy of such remedies, as well as her focus on developing individual treatment plans that account for clients’ specific needs. That’s why they begin every visit with a consultation in which they take note of skin conditions, dietary habits, and other lifestyle factors to devise a custom-crafted plan to fight the physical effects of aging.
Such a plan may call for treatments that include chemical peels, body wraps, and exfoliating facials. The clinic lives up to its name by pairing these topical remedies with advanced laser treatments designed to erase blemishes, such as rosacea, acne, and spider veins. Specialists also wield lasers during hair-removal treatments, which save time that would otherwise be spent shaving, waxing, or tying individual hairs to the blades of a high-powered ceiling fan.
Sergiana, certified lypotherapist and medical-massage practitioner, applies her healing hands through therapeutic strokes and holistic treatments designed to help women overcome a variety of health concerns. Before starting her own practice, Sergiana gained hands-on experience working at a spa and massaging hands in the maternal unit for Stamford Hospital’s Tender Touch program. Her continuing education in therapeutic-touch techniques led her to open Therapeutic Bodywork, LLC, where she targets excess fat stores and toxins with lypossage and assuages joint pain and immobility associated with TMJ, frozen shoulders, and stuck “off” buttons. Her fertility massages utilize special pressures and techniques developed to encourage conception, and reflexology triggers precision points on the feet and hands to address a range of bodily ailments.
Enzo Riccobene and his wife Linda work side-by-side inside his namesake salon and spa. They cut, perm, color, and straighten manes as patrons relax in sleek white chairs. Other pampering services include a facial that gives the pink slip to acne and aromatherapy massages. Post appointment, clients can pick up Moroccan Oil and L’Oreal products or peruse the salon’s collection of handmade jewelry and handbags.