The color blue comes in many shades, be it periwinkle, powder blue, or baby blue. Should you name a shade of blue, there's a good chance that color graces the walls of MLO Salon. In an effort to channel the calming, peaceful feeling of water, trickling streams, and leaky faucets that drip to the tune of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," MLO’s owner, Maria Orbinati, latched onto a blue color palette and never looked back. The end result was a calming, modern feel—yet one set in elegant relief by Greek columns and arches. Almost as an homage to the décor, the staff performs a deep hydration facial to mitigate wrinkles with a hyaluronic system. But this relaxing environment serves as an ideal locale for spa services beyond just facials; the team also renders hair, makeup, and nail treatments.
SpaZend infuses modern nail-pampering techniques with traditional Asian influence, inviting clients to remove their shoes upon entering the pristine, relaxing spa. Clients' eyes take in antiques including a century-old Chinese herbal medicine cabinet during the digit-decorating 25-minute basic manicure, which wipes away any vestigial lacquer from previous polishings before treating keratin sheaths with a luxurious soak. Professional fingertip pamperers file overlong talons and pretty up cuticles, preventing them from protruding or invading neighboring knuckles. The footpad-smoothing pedicure lasts for 50 minutes, employing a decadent hot-stone soak to loosen up southern digits for the preening ahead. Calluses take their leave when faced with a professional scrubbing, after which toenails enjoy a trimming. After a fashionable shaping, newly refined toenails easily shine through summer footwear, including sandals, open-toe pumps, and see-through moon boots.
Although Doctor of Chiropractic Joe Borio of Borio Chiropractic Health Center mainly works with the spine, his treatments are designed to help recover from ailments beyond mere backaches. For one thing, his adjustments have been reported to reduce autism symptoms in children. That's because, when he treats patients, he isn't so much adjusting their back as activating the body's self-healing ability through the spinal cord. Relying on the body itself to do the healing helps patients circumvent riskier forms of healthcare, such as surgery or taking pills on the wing of a biplane.
The smell of sage and soothing music permeate the room as you lie on crisp sheets––and this is just the start of relaxation. Licensed massage therapist Precious Walker warms massage oil between her hands, then digs in––first to the shoulders, then the lower back, tailoring pressure to your wishes. Kneading and Swedish gliding motions segue into cross-friction pressure, slowly untying muscle knots and promoting a deep relaxation. Clients may also request a prenatal massage or specialty sports bodywork to expedite injury recovery.
Spa on The River's menu of Old World Italian–themed services are inspired by owner Judith Santimaw's world travels, which have included stops in Rome, Milan, Tokyo, and Singapore. Her cross-country and international journeys uncover the latest spa treatments and techniques, ranging from raindrop therapy with essential oils to Roman-style "Sistine Chapel" paraffin treatments that leave hands soft and free from paint chips. Santimaw shares her discoveries not only with her team of aestheticians, stylists, and massage therapists, but also with students at the Phillips Hairstyling Institute, where she earned professional degrees in nail specialty and cosmetology.
Guests can relax into salon stations or pedicure thrones flanked by Romanesque statues as the soothing sound of water comes from a lion-faced fountain inside and the Seneca River outside. Behind them, a full-wall mural depicts a lush garden scene complete with a grandiose fountain. Clients dry newly painted nails by the fireplace or head to the dock behind the spa to give any lingering stress a Viking funeral.