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).
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.
Inside her tranquil studio, massage therapist Rachel Henrich unravels knotted muscles using Swedish and deep-tissue massage techniques. But Rachel's specialty is in Thai bodywork, a type of massage that uses yoga-like stretches and rhythmic compression. During this technique, clients lie fully clothed on a padded mat on the floor as Rachel helps them to stretch their muscles and joints by gently pulling, twisting, and lifting different parts of their anatomy, all in an effort to help free energy blockages and bring balance back to the body.
Beauty Bar Salon & Spa's stylists rock a high-end toolkit of products. They can render a single-process color application with L'Oréal Inowa ammonia-free color, but they can also wield the most important styling tool of all: their ears. That's because they put a priority on listening to their clients, and discerning to what degree they want to incorporate a new trend in their hair look. But their services go beyond hair—the team can splash shellac polish on nails, exfoliate skin during a microdermabrasion, or render an oxygen facial.
The licensed therapists at Contour Massage eradicate back-bound aches with nine massage and energy-balancing services, calling upon years of training from Albany's own Center for Natural Wellness. Swedish and deep-tissue massage work kinks out of tired physiques, and reiki employs dexterous hands to clear away energy blockages and detoxify the body. Hot stones and bamboo sticks gently unwind tension with pulsating warmth, loosening even the most tightly wound of muscles and thawing out backs frozen from giving snowmen piggyback rides.