At Simple Bliss Day Spa, a highly trained staff stands at the ready to administer a range of personalized treatments in a newly renovated spa space. Six different facials tackle six distinct skin issues, with concoctions ranging from exfoliating blends to formulas designed specifically for men or cleverly disguised yetis. The spa's advanced skin treatments also leverage state-of-the-art approaches. Microdermabrasions, chemical peels, salt scrubs, and body wraps all help refresh and rejuvenate the skin.
Clients can relax and practice shadow puppet routines inside Welcome Relief Massage Therapy’s sunny sitting area, before being led in to one of the massage areas. Stressed skeleton suits can enjoy the benefits of a full-body one-hour Swedish massage, which uses medium pressure to relieve muscle tension and stimulate circulation (a $65 value). Clients hoarding pockets of hurt, however, can indulge in a firm-pressure deep-tissue massage that can help alleviate pain and stress (a $75 value). And with a combination of Swedish massage techniques and warm, smooth, oiled stones, a hot-stone massage delivers a comfortable warmth that will drain away tension and bring your muscles to optimal stress-exorcism temperature (an $80 value).
Alayne Curtiss's career spans more than two decades, during which she has fixed up famous faces for television appearances, seen her work featured in Glamour and Women’s Day magazine, and trained under to roofs of Lancome, Clinique, and Bobbi Brown. So when she returned to her hometown of Ballston Spa, some might’ve expected her workload to lighten. But she instead took on her greatest feat to date by opening her own beauty boutique, Make Me Fabulous. Along with a staff of experienced make-up artists, hairstylists, and cosmetologists, Alayne performs an extensive list of beauty services, including makeup applications, waxing, skincare, hair coloring, tanning, and mani-pedis. The mobile team can also tote their makeup artistry and cases of Bare Minerals products on location to commercial shoots and weddings from Pittsburgh to Vermont. To make sure beauty isn't just superficial, Make Me Fabulous employs certified personal trainer Dave Curtiss to help clients maintain physiques, which can also help them to fit into some skinny jeans or between the slats of a picket fence that surrounds a chocolate garden.
Alayne and her staff also serve a higher calling by donating funds to various cancer charities in honor of a former co-worker who lost her own battle with the disease in 2006. They also volunteer their services to raffles that benefit local schools, animal shelters, and other non-profit projects.
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.
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.