Like a day spent near the ocean's spray, a trip to The Breathing Room can rejuvenate the body and the mind. Visitors to the salt-therapy center read, listen to music, or just relax while breathing air infused with pharmaceutical-grade salt. A natural antiseptic, the salt can calm skin conditions such as eczema or acne. It also soothes sinuses and respiratory systems suffering from allergies, asthma, or inflammation.
Though Tamar Dresner is an expert at making the body relax, a visit to her massage table is hardly a low-key day at the spa. She leads serious bodywork sessions geared toward lasting pain management, and she knows that intense pressure on the table can lead to rapturous freedom from chronic aches in the hours, days, or weeks to follow. Graduating with honors from the Institute for Therapeutic Massage, Tamara is professionally trained in the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues to normalize the body, promote circulation, and ease deeply rooted tension. To complement her training, she has experimented with new techniques for better depth and leverage. So whether it be long, flowing Swedish strokes or the firm pressure of deep-tissue techniques, Tamara can transport the body to an elevated state without the ear popping associated with flights to Wyoming.
At Salon E, owner Eleni Kotretsos shapes new 'dos with Wella products and trendy techniques learned in frequent classes at the Wella studio in New York City. At her home salon, Eleni colors, trims, and conditions tresses while clients dip taste buds or frostbitten toes in mugs of coffee. Hardwood walls and ceilings surround guests waiting on a couch or zebra-print chair in the waiting room, which is ringed with shelves of MoroccanOil and milk_shake products. In the styling area, a chandelier augments the natural light streaming through two large windows, and an antique dress mannequin draws admiration from passersby and secretly performs janitorial duties after hours.
The staffers at A Touch of Heaven Salon and Spa perfect appearances and soothe aching muscles with services that use designer product lines. Stylists bathe tresses in Keune hair hues, which allow clients to match their locks to previous dyes or Monet’s water lilies. Dermalogica products cleanse complexions during eight kinds of facials, each of which targets a different source of the skin blues. During the exfoliating body scrub, sea salt sloughs off dead skin cells and clears a pore pathway for a river moisturizing oils, which are tinged with such scents as lavender or peppermint rosemary. The spa also corrals its services into themed packages, including a Teen Angel session that arms adolescents with beauty tips and a Honeymoon spa day for two complete with massages, facials, and the hand-holding required by most couples' prenuptial agreements.
Recognized by SpaFinder as one of the country's Top 10 Best Spas for its affordability and its spa manager, Deerfield Spa provides a healthy and relaxing retreat in the heart of the Poconos. The state-of-the-art facilities include two gyms, an outdoor pool and hot tub, a sauna, and a spa treatment room. Exercise classes such as yoga and circuit training are offered around the clock, while scenic hiking trails can be picked up just off the property.
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Mixtura Hair Studio, a full-service salon, specializes in stylish looks for every texture of hair, regardless of past tress-misdemeanors. In addition to the haircuts and coloring options on offer, this cozy, busy salon packs a modish punch with its hair extension, nail care, and make-up application services. Have an expert stylist's nimble fingers scissor locks into chicness with a haircut ($18+) or allow painted highlights ($65+) to illuminate follicles until they gleam like the gossamer strands on a sun-kissed toddler-angel's head. Salon-goers can tame misbehaving cuticles with a manicure ($7), kick home dye jobs to the curb with a color correction ($65), or emulate a favorite pop star's Grammy eyes with the dramatic makeup application ($10–$35).
Pure Beauty Lounge owner Pamela works alongside cosmetologists, nail technicians, an aesthetician, and a massage therapist as they unleash soothed sighs and newfound beauty. Brushes flit across nails in manicure chairs, and a massage room in sage and burgundy hues offers privacy during kneading sessions. The massage therapist heats smooth stones, and aromatherapy oils release warm clouds of soothing scents like a soup made from love letters. The staff performs skin-refreshing facials and body wraps, and a hydrotherapy capsule bed with a water-jet massage and full-body steam bath purrs and hisses over a chorus of calm exhalations.