Strive 4 Strength is designed to emulate the comfort of at-home workouts with toiletries, a steam room, towels, and no daunting crowds. In the boutique, the staff responsible for personal training and fitness classes works to set every visitor at ease. Drumrolls of feet on the floor drift from boot-camp classes, which get hearts thundering with squats, shoulder presses, and jumping jacks. Vinyasa yoga, on the other hand, teaches slow, breath-paired postures designed to bolster flexibility and relaxation. In cardio rooms, iPod-compatible treadmills and elliptical units whirr, tracking speed, distance, and how many lyrics to “Eye of the Tiger” you know. Expresso bikes pit exercisers against online opponents, and free weights build dense knots of muscle with a clattering din.
Yankee Trails World Travel's cozy coaches transport fans to Yankee Stadium for an evening of early-season American League competition against the Minnesota Twins. The Yankees took six games of eight from the Twins in the 2011 season and look to improve upon last year's division-clinching 97-win campaign. Alongside veteran shortstop and five-time World Series champion Derek Jeter, the Yankees 2012 roster brims with breakout talents that include Robinson Canó, the 2011 Home Run Derby champion whose out-of-the-park hits have dramatically increased reports of UFOs hovering above the Bronx.
When she founded Beautiful Soul, owner Kelley M. Sanborn envisioned a tranquil spa facility whose beauty services combined traditional pampering and advanced technology. Sanborn's soothing facial and body treatments incorporate signature serums and high-tech ultrasonic waves, whose benefits include exfoliating without irritation, killing acne-causing bacteria, stimulating collagen production, and scaring the life out of proximate bats. Sanborn earned her nail certification from Oneida-Herkimer Boces and her waxing and aesthetics certification from Continental School of Beauty, and continues to stay up-to-date on the latest beauty techniques with continuing education, including advanced training in chemical peels.
At Matthews Salon Spa, the staff strives to care for each client's whole self, meaning services work to nurture the body and spirit in addition to merely beautifying skin or hair. Using environmentally friendly Aveda products derived from plants and flowers, the staff cuts, colors, and treats hair as if it were the hair of their favorite news anchor. Spa facials, such as the self-renewal facial, rejuvenate skin while also integrating a foot and scalp treatment, and the staff also pampers clients with massages and spa packages.
Though Miracles' quirky and diversely talented staff of stylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians aims to lift patrons' spirits with beauty transformations, their work did not wholly inspire the salon's name—the beauty sanctuary's original location was inside an old church. Owner Kendalia Edelman has since expanded her business into a larger location, enabling her to add an area for laser treatments that target everything from excess hair to leg veins. She also found space for Little Miracles, a separate salon where kids up to age 9 can get haircuts with supervision from parents and invisible friends moonlighting as style consultants.
At Belladerma Wellness Spa, clients don’t just get a relaxing facial or body treatment, they also get an education. Owner Ann Latocha strives to inform her clients about the latest skin care treatment options and also hosts Reiki certification classes for those interested in energy work. During corrective or relaxation facials, the licensed aesthetician uses products from DermaQuest and Pevonia to enhance skin health, while advanced treatments see her reaching for salicylic acids to exfoliate away signs of aging or pumpkin and honey to calm inflammation and remove protein buildup. To treat skin below the neck, Lynn combines dry brushing and heated herbal towels with a vitamin serums and warm basalt stones during a body wrap, which is designed to hydrate dry skin and flood clients with peaceful memories of their childhood cocoon.