Ever since childhood, chiropractors Steve Hyjek and Neil Crane have understood the importance of their eventual vocation. A young athlete with a diverse sport record, Dr. Hyjek became familiar with sports medicine, while Dr. Crane, under chiropractic care since birth, received his first adjustment, and an encouraging career push, from his uncle.
At their clinic, the doctors and their staff augment chiropractic exams and adjustments with advanced technologies, measuring variations in heart rate with a pulse wave profiler and muscle asymmetry with a sEMG. Other services include massages, nutritional counseling, and weight-loss programs that improve feelings of well-being while making bodies as svelte as a flattened basketball.
New You Body Care is composed of a group of professionals who believe beauty starts from within. Because of this, they enhance beauty and wellness from the inside through traditional Chinese tui na massages and acupuncture treatments, which stimulate the flow of energy through pressure on specific points or channels in the body. They also provide exterior beauty treatments, such as ultrasonic cavitation, a body-contouring treatment that destroys fat cells and helps clients lose inches from the body, and frequency specific Microcurrent treatment for face lifting and body toning
One look around Seidou Salon Spa tells clients what level of luxury they can expect to find there. From the mounted flat-screen TV that hangs in front of the black leather styling chairs to the porcelain footbaths that squat at the foot of two padded pedicure thrones, the setting suggests a dedication to pampering rarely seen outside of an Olympic cooing match. The private treatment rooms where massages take place even feature a corner tub, in which clients can indulge in hydrotherapy treatments that either relieve soreness with camphor or soften skin with mango, lime, and aloe.
The center's treatments range in nature from clinical to holistic, sometimes incorporating solutions of lactic or salicylic acid—chemical peels—and sometimes favoring Eastern healing methods—acupuncture and chakra-balancing massages. As an Aveda salon, Seidou Salon Spa has access to popular hair-color and conditioning products, and it upholds this standard by also carrying nail polish from OPI, skin creams from PCA Skin, and appointment books made of recycled newspaper clippings of the first moon landing.
Massage Xcape's massage therapists practice a variety of massage modalities: they're skilled at prenatal, deep-tissue, and shiatsu techniques, for example. But their main specialty is Swedish relaxation massages designed to put the body and mind at ease. Patrons can also add on pampering details such as hot towels or soothing aromatherapy scents, or unwind in the Lexington Avenue location's sauna. As an added convenience, the practice holds extended evening hours.
After the combined stress and pain following an accident where she was struck by an automobile, Chris Ackermann wanted to help others avoid the kind of experience she had gone through. Hoping to offer a respite from the stressors of physical trauma, Ackermann went through the rigors of more than 700 hours of training at the St. Croix Center for the Healing Arts. There, she learned techniques in integrative, deep-tissue, sports, reflexology, and chair massage, among others, creating a multifaceted foundation on which to begin her business, Time to Relax. Today she puts her skills to work, customizing each massage to her clients' individual ailments, pains, and stressful fortune cookies from last week.