Dorset is a quintessential New England town, dotted with cozy homes and shops tucked into forested mountains and valleys. Visitors perusing the region's stores are bound to come away with a haul of fresh cheeses, local maple syrup, and warm woolens. The slopes of Stratton and Bromley mountains supply ample opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, and downhill speed dating. Ice skating, snowmobiling, and sleigh rides round out the area's wintertime offerings.
Stress doesn’t belong within Calm Moments Spa’s walls. Here, aestheticians, technicians, and therapists bring clients to states of relaxation with a variety of soothing treatments. The massage therapists incorporate flowing Swedish strokes or focused, deep-tissue pressure as they knead away at knotted muscles, even using aromatherapy oils or hot stones to accentuate the therapeutic benefits and put minds at ease. To take years off the skin’s appearance, the aestheticians perform age-defying facials that utilize acid peels and oxygen masks. For a more drastic and technological approach, they also employ microdermabrasion wands and high-frequency radio waves to quell blemishes such as wrinkles, age spots, and acne scars.
Salon Studio M prides itself on being both edgy and classic. Its stylists can create timeless cuts or trendy color treatments, natural highlights or up-to-the-minute styles. In addition to hair services, the salon also offers tanning, mani-pedis, facials, waxing, and eyelash extensions.
When Christine Goodness opened the original Classical Concepts Salon & Spa in 1995, the 300-square-foot salon had just three styling stations. Today, though her business has expanded, she seeks to continue the connection with nature that inspired her to go into business in the first place. Her pair of Aveda concept salons was mentioned in Salon Today in an article on environmentally friendly beauty. “Our salon was designed by a green architect and we have energy-efficient appliances and green building materials,” she told the magazine.
At both locations, Goodness's staff of stylists launches the happy purr of busy shears and the subtle fragrances of Aveda products. Inside private-treatment rooms, aestheticians spread layers of natural-plant waxes infused with essential oils to whisk away unwanted facial and body hair and apply soothing facials packed with botanical ingredients and minerals. To combat stress from posing as twin investment bankers, massage therapists ease muscle tension in clients with hot-stone, reflexology, and chakra-balancing massage techniques. After emerging from treatments designed to lull them into relaxation, clients browse the rows of Aveda products available to recreate treatments at home. Christine works among the potted bamboo and meditating statues, considering further eco-friendly measures and arranging free services for patients undergoing treatment at The Saratoga Radiation Oncology Center.
A specialized team of licensed aestheticians, a makeup artist, a massage therapist, and an oxygen technician accommodate beauty needs in the cool-gray interior of the Saratoga Springs spa. The menu boasts an eclectic selection of services ranging from sunless tanning to organic Da Vinci teeth whitening, one of Leonardo's lesser-known inventions. Those seeking detoxification can visit the hydration wall stocked with spring waters, as well as oxygen-delivery stations that waft the life-giving gas at approximately 70% higher levels than in ambient air. Bright and textural contemporary art adorns private treatment rooms, and mirrors with vanity bulbs surround glass display cases of products for sale, including Dust organic mineral cosmetics
At The Skin Bar at Panacea Day Spa, esthetician Jessica Carney beautifies visages with an assortment of holistic and results-oriented treatments. She whisks away dead skin cells with natural-enzyme facials or performs a jin shin do acupressure facial to strengthen façades, promoting improved circulation, the free flow of energy, and the ability to bench-press a pillow with one's eyelashes. Carney also waxes brows into refined arches and airbrushes bodies with a spray-tanning formula free of harmful chemicals and artificial fragrances.