For the past decade, licensed massage therapist Jodi Werner Ramoska has sharpened her skills at various local spas in the area. She now harnesses that experience as the head of Massage Source, where she offers a curated menu of treatments that include Swedish, reflexology, and medical massage. For any massage, there are optional add-ons, too: the therapeutic scents of aromatherapy; the hot stone therapy, which helps to further relax muscles; and a peppermint sinus treatment, which helps clears out sinuses and makes everything smell like Christmas.
More than 30 years after its inception, Cactus Salon & Spa and its team of continually educated stylists have not lost their edge—they earned the Long Island Press’s designation as Best Hair Salon and Best Day Spa in 2012. It's not surprising, then, that the salon has enjoyed such impressive growth over the years, with more than two dozen locations now blanketing most of Long Island. Though hair is still the focus—stylists craft hairdos that reflect either everyday ease or fashion-forward thinking—the repertoire has expanded to include everything from nail treatments and massages to permanent cosmetics and laser services. Since the roster of services is so broad, many clients take advantage of Cactus Club memberships, which give them the flexibility to try multiple services by deactivating the force fields between treatment rooms and granting a 33% discount on products and services on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
LaVida Massage's comfortable atmosphere and experienced therapists invite guests of all ages and genders to unwind and improve their emotional and physical well-being. During a one-hour massage, one of LaVida's skilled deck hands untangles back knots, helping to banish stress from the body. The deep-tissue massage accesses the deepest layers of soft tissue and targets specific muscle groups to drain wells of pain and soreness. Light- to medium-pressured long strokes soothe sore muscles during Swedish massages, and prenatal-massage maneuvers gently alleviate the discomfort associated with pregnancy. This LaVida Massage location houses several elegantly appointed private treatment rooms in calming earth-tones, and an experienced staff trained in both the science and art of massage and nurturing by especially paternal penguins. Locales stay open seven days a week and offer weeknight extended hours, so clients can squeeze some relaxation into hectic electric-shoveling schedules.
Upon entering Spa Exo'tique's 4,600-square-foot relaxation haven, clients head to their gender-appropriate changing facilities, dress themselves in comfortable garments, and unwind with a steamy cup of tea in the Serenity Room. Once ready, they meander into one of the 12 private treatment rooms, where experienced staffers skillfully relieve tension with massages, soften skin with body treatments, and purify pores with facials. Beyond the pampering techniques, the spa uplifts appearances with medical-grade services that range from chemical peels to the laser-powered removal of clients' unwanted fuzz, whether it's hair or simply a floor rug with separation anxiety.
Marosé Spa and Wellness' licensed beauty professionals specialize in skincare for the whole body. They approach each appointment with a fresh perspective, customizing facials to yield specific results. Whether battling wrinkles, blemishes, or sun damage, they ensure that skin feels springy and supple, like a brand-new hacky sack, upon completion. The technicians harness advanced technology for their body treatments, tightening up fat-prone areas suction stimulation and detoxifying wraps. To complement skincare treatments, massage therapists administer aromatherapy and hot-stone massages.
At Fairytale Soiree, party hosts bustle around 6–12 girls as they're pampered with glittery tattoos and manicures. Parties can be held at the pink, black, and white spa or at the house or location of the birthday girl's choosing. Onsite parties include the Princess Tea Party with a birthday-princess coronation, and on-the-go packages include the Hollywood Spa party with spa robes and make-your-own lip gloss.
A "weightless belly cushion" sounds like a tool for astronauts, but it's actually an integral part of a prenatal massage at Above All Massage Therapy. This specialized cushion allows expectant mothers to comfortably lie on their stomachs or backs during a soothing massage that's meant to allay the aches associated with pregnancy. This kind of customized attention is the norm at the spa, where therapists adjust their modalities to suit both medical and emotional needs.
Their signature massages combine European, Eastern, and yoga techniques to the client's specifications, with optional add-ons that range from a peppermint foot treatment to the application of heat to relieve pain. Sports massages are just as personalized. They help athletes prevent or recover from injuries with a mix of localized kneads and stretches, as well as sessions in the infrared sauna. The spa also offers couples massage, which is almost as romantic and relaxing as falling asleep beneath the table at a fancy French restaurant.