It took a trip to Sedona, Arizona, to rekindle Kathy Zagorski’s passion for Japanese reiki treatments. Inspired by the natural beauty and energies of the high desert, Kathy decided to rededicate her life to helping clients overcome everything from stress to chronic pains through the use of reiki. Kathy asks her clients to lie on a massage table—still fully clothed or clad in chainmail—and concentrate on their breathing. She then proceeds to place her hands on various points of the body, searching for signs of blocked or restricted energetic flow. By redirecting the body’s natural energies and helping clear these blockages, Kathy restores a sense of balance between the mind, the body, and the spirit. This sense of balance can help alleviate the physical and emotional symptoms of conditions such as anxiety, depression, and grief.
Like their business name implies, the trained and licensed beauticians at A Touch of Elegance create more sophisticated looks with their expert treatments and services. In addition to traditional haircuts and manicures, staffers embellish feminine features with everything from make-up to up-dos and hair extensions. Those with Y chromosomes aren't left out; staffers also pamper men with old-fashioned, four-layer barber shaves. After softening the skin and massaging facial muscles, barbers turn back the clock on five-o'clock shadows with straight razors, keeping faces as fresh and youthful as the day they were baked.
It's not often that a spa visit can teach you something. At Beneath The Surface Spa, however, the staff is dedicated to providing what they call a "guided experience," in which they offer detailed reasons for each step of the treatment and explain the unique needs of their clients' skin. All of the aestheticians are trained in the Image Skincare system, a cellular approach to facial freshening that evokes healthy colors and textures with products that are free of parabens, petrochemicals, and preservatives. This commitment to conscientious and informative treatments extends throughout the spa, where clients can reach their beauty goals through facials, waxing, and nail services that glorify digits with Essie, OPI, and Creative Nails nail polishes.
Utilizing the Ne’Lani beauty system, an experienced makeup artist transforms visages with full-face makeup applications that outfit clients with glance-baiting radiance. For roughly 60 minutes, guests lounge inside the cheerful salon while being adorned with blush and eye shadow that complement features and colorful, shoulder-perched parrots. Clients can practice flirtatious eye batting after getting outfitted with long and luscious black lash extensions. Guests can opt for a three-month membership that blasts open the doors to beauty with $15 unlimited in-salon makeup applications. During a visit, each member can prepare for important events such as black-tie tractor pulls with a red-carpet-ready makeup application, or learn to deck their own faces with the most flattering shades.
A glowing complexion, a smooth bikini line, a relaxed mind. The beauticians and massage therapists at DaySpa Millburn seek to cultivate all of these and more. Their massages include relaxing western styles as well as the traditional Chinese practices of reflexology and Tui-Na, designed to stimulate energy flow around key points of the body. Prior to performing one of their myriad facials, aestheticians identify clients' problem areas in complimentary consultations. From there, they allow guests to choose a facial that addresses specific needs or a blended package of inventive facials, including an organic one, a collagen facial, and microdermabrasion. DaySpa Millburn offers 14 facials, enough for the entire New York Jets offense and three linebackers to get unique facials together.
Beth Geller and her staff specialize in Endermologie—an innovative treatment that uses a noninvasive motorized device to smooth the deep tissue of the skin and temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite. When they're not administering Endermologie procedures, they extend their aesthetic expertise toward waxing, facial, and organic spray-tan services.