Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
When not in her office at Great Neck Medical Spa, board-certified physician Deborah Marciano is likely attending a medical conference, seminar, or workshop. Her commitment to continuing education embodies her simple goal: to help her clients look and feel better. To this end, the doctor specializes in both surgical and noninvasive treatments for slimming silhouettes, removing hair, and rejuvenating skin. Depending on her clients' aesthetic objectives, she might use the SmartLipo Triplex system to oust unwanted fat or the Elite MPX to permanently remove unwanted hairs.
Ofra Amy Grinbaum, founder of New York Laser Aesthetics, has many years of experience with aesthetics. As a New York State–certified aesthetician, she leads a team of fellow licensed technicians who share her passions. Together, they wield such technology as an Epicare aesthetic laser, a Zerona cellulite-reduction machine, and a Biologique Recherche facial-sculpting machine designed to firm and tone complexions.
Because some of these procedures can irritate the skin, an FDA-approved Zimmer cooling system is kept on-hand to soothe treated areas with a stream of chilled air similar to one emitted by a whistling snowman. Grinbaum also has years of experience with laser techniques for toenail care, including the use of an FDA-approved laser for toenail fungus treatments.
Driven by more than just a love of healthy food, Italian-born Massimo Guerrieri draws from a background in anatomy, pharmacology, and aesthetics as he helps patrons enhance their quality of life. Over the years, Massimo created his own thermal-wrap technology, the Thermal-Wrap5000, which was featured in Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal and which he still uses today as part of his spa's weight-loss program. On select nights, he hosts free lectures that teach the benefits of using his thermal-wrap method in conjunction with a balanced Mediterranean diet.
With pads wrapped around the torso, hips, and thighs, the Thermal-Wrap5000 machine relies on gentle conductive heating to encourage perspiration, calorie burning, and the reduction of local fatty deposits. Visitors undergo treatments inside colorfully lit, wood-paneled suites crafted in Florence, which put minds at ease faster than seeing your face on a Not Wanted poster. In addition to weight loss, Vivinlinea's staff also performs spa treatments, soothing complexions with essential oils and microdermabrasion and coaxing out tension with shiatsu and hot-stone massages.
With almost two decades of hairstyling experience under her belt, owner Faina helms Fa-El Salon, where she and her skilled staff design hair according to current fashions and their clients’ whims. The stylists pride themselves on matching hairstyles to individual tastes and body types, sticking to Faina’s philosophy that a successful haircut must reflect—in ways loud or subtle—its wearer’s personality. While stylists pace around salon chairs in search of choppable cowlicks, aestheticians tend to other body parts with exfoliating facials, mani-pedis, and waxing treatments that remove nascent moustaches and signs of lycanthropy.
The shelves, drawers, and manicure stations at New Kim’s Nail and Spa are packed with a spectacular array of beauty tools, from nail files to professional waxing products to aromatic massage oils. Skilled specialists reach for these tools when administering nail and spa services, whether treating tired feet to warm milk soaks, protein masks, and organic homemade scrubs, or adorning fingernails in durable gel polishes. They expertly tattoo eyes and lips with permanent makeup, and lengthen lashes with glamorous extensions made from silk, mink, and unicorn tails when in-season. During massage sessions, therapists relieve tired muscles and aching spines with soothing hot stone treatments.