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 2011 and 2012. It's not surprising, then, that the salon has enjoyed such impressive growth over the years, with more than two dozen separate spa and salon locations.
Although hair is still the focus?stylists craft 'dos that reflect 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 is so broad, many clients take advantage of Cactus Club memberships, which give them the flexibility to try multiple services and products by deactivating the force fields between treatment rooms and granting a 33% discount on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
Bikram Choudhury arrived in America in 1972, bearing a series of 26 poses that he was able to prove promote healing within the labs of University of Tokyo Hospital. Within a room of up to 105 degrees, he performed postures that stretched soft tissues, awakened joints, and set off floods of detoxifying sweat. This style caught on and eventually washed over American yogis like a heat wave, ultimately leading to the opening of Bikram Yoga Bayport.
Within the studio, instructors host 24 classes a week. They tailor certain classes for beginner through advanced students, offering pose modifications to suit each student’s current skill level. The intense exercises can improve blood circulation and lung capacity, restore joint pliability, and impart the skills necessary to sneak up on your own toes by surprise.
At Silk Hair Spa, located right on Main Street in Sayville, a team of highly trained stylists helm their dark wood styling stations. Placing a high value on education and training, this crew of stylists and their expert assistants keep abreast of industry advancements and hone their already substantial skills during ongoing on- and off-site training and classes. The staff conducts pretreatment consultations before every service to help architect a new look or hair color based upon their guest’s individual style and features. Throughout the day, stylists bustle about the spacious second-floor spa, which overlooks downtown Sayville, adding dimension to monochromatic manes via delicate crown highlights or installing flowing hair extensions to be climbed by local prince charmings.
At Serenity Source Massage, a thought-provoking sign greets visitors as they enter. It doesn’t tell them to merge, stop, or yield to leaping dolphins. Instead, it challenges them to better their lives with one bold word: “simplify.” To fuel the simplification process, licensed massage therapists help muscles let go of stress, tension, and stiffness. Signature 80-minute massages tether the body to the mind with a custom blend of flowing strokes, acupressure, and trigger-point therapy complemented by warm towels and soothing heat packs. Add-ons such as a scalp massage or a foot sugar scrub promote blood flow to boost energy and facilitate healing. Chiropractors can help target pain sources with careful adjustments and exercises that cultivate mobility and strength.
Between Om Shanti Om Yoga Center’s saffron-colored walls, eight gentle-voiced instructors guide students into meditative poses. They flow through a variety of positions, each designed to open up muscles while quieting the mind. The instructors have diverse backgrounds, which include degrees in math, doctoral degrees, and 30-year competitive-running careers. To introduce new students to the practice, Om Shanti Om offers a basics package, which includes beginners-only classes twice a week. There are also discounted rates available on more-advanced classes to encourage newcomers to test the waters of 75- or 90-minute classes, which involve finding the area under the curve of your back during each pose.
InMotion's indoor cycling studio hums with upbeat energy, energizing music, and the low churn of state-of-the-art stationary cycles. The certified instructors and cyclists, which include former swimmers and current runners, draw on their athletic strengths to lead students through challenging spinning workouts. A unique playlist of motivating and up-tempo music powers students through intervals and sprints, as digital landscapes play across two screens, giving riders the sense that they're cycling down a country road or through a black-and-white zombie apocalypse. Each FreeMotion bike's cadence, power, and heart-rate monitor keeps track of rider progress and stats, all of which can be downloaded onto a USB drive and analyzed at home.