Brooklyn Banya welcomes weary visitors into a relaxing Russian bathhouse, where saunas, steam rooms, and pools soothe aching bodies and open pores. Patrons stow valuables in lockers, for which they may bring their own locks, and don flip-flops before moving between baths of different temperatures, which can increase circulation and help the immune system. The bathhouse’s therapeutic jacuzzi bubbles with cozy heat, and ice baths chill sore muscles. Staff members perform body-bettering treatments such as salt scrubs, which leave skin smoother than a newborn pickpocket. The hamam’s attached sun deck and cafe—serving fresh juice, black tea with honey, and authentic Russian fare—ensure that patrons leave calm, sated, and rejuvenated.
Recipient of a Skin Care 101 Beauty Award from Allure magazine, You and Her Spa enhances visages using professional skincare lines such as Ambrosia, Sothys, and Yon-Ka, as well as Korean BB cream. The recently upgraded facility houses technicians licensed to tattoo on makeup, perform cosmetic teeth whitening, reformat hard drives with their personal magnetism, and provide services that bolster skin appearance and weight loss. The spa has resided in the Lower East Side of Manhattan since 1998, garnering a following of more than 1,000 fans and attracting clientele such as supermodel Nataliya Gotsiy.
Hibiscus Day Spa’s body-treatment menu looks good enough to eat: the pumpkin body soufflé softens skin with enzymes, and the Ultimate Chocolate Indulgence tantalizes the senses with a cocoa scrub and chocolate-butter massage. Though not as epicurean, Hibiscus’s other spa treatments are similarly luxuriant. The dual massage recruits two therapists to work on a client’s muscular tension, and a Caribbean Queen facial slathers skin with an aromatic blend of peptides and hydrators. Specialty treatments for expectant mothers and brides-to-be fill out the selection, as well as teen services; mini facials help instill healthy skincare habits and massages tackle high-school sports injuries and tension from hanging on a flagpole by your underwear.
For maintenance less aesthetic and more energetic, Hibiscus also boasts an onsite health and wellness center. Here, clients can look to traditional Chinese healing therapies such as sliding-scale acupuncture and reiki energy balancing. Custom nutritional counseling helps participants embrace long-term healthful eating habits.
At Chrysalis Salon, seasoned staffers enthusiastically ply the beautician's trade as fall floral accents bedeck the chocolate-colored walls around them, creating a scene as warm and lush as an open house held inside a jack-o'-lantern. Employing more than 20 years of experience, the salon's master hairstylist, Maura, specializes in color treatments including highlights, lowlights, and color correction. Liz, her nailcare counterpart, has been primping fingers and toes for more than 25 years, allowing her to swiftly coat keratin surfaces with shellac or traditional polish. The salon's licensed aesthetician, Frances, customizes her facial services using the skills and knowledge it took to become certified as a beauty therapist by ITEC.
GreenStone Spa’s four therapists infuse organic products and Eastern therapies into treatments that yield whole-body rejuvenation. Calling upon the curative properties of copper and sulfur, aestheticians administer hydrating and deep-cleansing facials that balance skin tone. Massage therapists tackle the muscular system with 11 modalities including Swedish and deep tissue. During the Sticks and Stones massage, they heat muscles and soften areas of concentrated tension with warmed stones and bamboo sticks. In the spa's gift shop, beauty professionals equip patrons with aromatherapy gifts and body products to remind them of the chronic ache that got away.
Amid bubbling waterfalls and leafy green foliage, Eden Day Spa’s therapists calm clients with massages, facials, and nail services using Dermalogica and G.M. Collin products. The business spans 8,000 square feet of spa and salon, hosting diverse muscle-soothing massages, skin-revitalizing treatments, and several simultaneous football games.