At Fox Nails Day Spa, beauticians greet clients with complimentary teas and other beverages designed to ease the mind prior to the start of services. Nail technicians spruce up digits before embellishing them with OPI, Minx, or vegan polishes. Aestheticians add beauty to the skin with Arbonne products during facials, advanced galvanic treatments, and lactic acid skin peels that leave exteriors shining like a gold medalist on a podium surrounded by strobe lights. The staff harnesses the gentle exfoliating properties of botanicals during aromatic body treatments and vegan-friendly body scrubs.
Clean Image Medical Spa, first in the state to offer the innovative cellulite-reduction therapy, wields the intense-pulsed-light technology of the FDA-approved VelaShape treatment under the watchful eye of staff physicians. The process smoothes dappled epidermises, treating deep tissue and upper layers of skin with a combination of radiofrequency, infrared light, gentle vacuum action, and mechanical massage, resulting in a measurable reduction in fat layers, the appearance of cellulite. Each 40-minute session targets fat cells protruding into the outer dermis, producing, like an unhurried portrait painter, visible results in as few as two sessions.
At LoveHealing, a massage therapist relaxes bodies and relieves tension with a range of massage modalities that inspire mind-body harmony. These indulgent services are all performed within the cozy confines of her softly lit studio, pleasing clients' eyes as their bodies sink into relaxation.
Traditionally, all that's required of people getting a massage is to lie down and be quiet. Not true with the Thai massages at Thai Serenity Spa. During Thai massages, fully clothed clients lie on a mat on the floor while massage therapist Natwadee "Juju" Lippolis?who trained at the Taralai Thai Massage School in Bangkok?stretches their bodies by pulling limbs, lifting upper bodies up off the floor, and sometimes even rolling bodies over atop her own. All the while, she uses her palms, fingers, elbows, knees, and feet to activate pressure points, releasing tension and boosting energy flow throughout the body.
Juju is trained in plenty of other massage styles, including sports, prenatal, and hot stone. Aside from smoothing knotted muscles, she can smooth silhouettes with Lipo-Light body contouring treatments that use LED light to emulsify fat cells. It may sound clinical, but she performs the sessions in her cozy spa, a converted house with like-home touches, such as skylights, upholstered furniture, a tea bar, and bathrooms.
Though a lifetime of treating scoliosis had made her aware of massage therapy’s unique benefits, it wasn’t until she turned 40 that Gail Yurman decided to leave the corporate world and become a full-time massage therapist herself. Gail’s formal training and passion for her work are equally evident to anyone who has felt the touch of her nimble fingers. Her knowledge of a wide range of massage styles—Swedish, Thai, sports, and deep tissue, to name a few—allows her to tailor sessions to each client’s individual aches and pains. To further personalize her massages, Gail holds sessions at The Center For Health Renewal spa, at her clients’ homes, or in massage chairs in an office setting. Each session begins with a health consultation in which she adjusts her techniques to accommodate chronic pains or knots of tension from sports injuries, long workdays, or nights spent sharing one’s bed with space-hogging boogeymen.
When Angel Tips opened the doors to its single Long Island store in 1996, it had a simple premise: to offer professional nail, waxing, and beauty services at an affordable price. Although the company has expanded to more than 60 locations across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut since then, their focus on professionalism remains the same. They even require all of their licensed professionals to hone their skills at a specialized training center in Connecticut.
Though Angel Tips expertly performs waxing services and installs eyelash extensions, their specialty lies in nail care. Their technicians perform traditional, gel, and acrylic manicures, as well as specialty pedicures with paraffin and hot stone massages. Cleanliness, like professionalism and affordability, is a top priority; all locations use sanitized tools, disposable files and buffer pads, and pedicure chairs that have fully outgrown their teenage grunge phases.