Yankee Trails World Travel's cozy coaches transport fans to Yankee Stadium for an evening of early-season American League competition against the Minnesota Twins. The Yankees took six games of eight from the Twins in the 2011 season and look to improve upon last year's division-clinching 97-win campaign. Alongside veteran shortstop and five-time World Series champion Derek Jeter, the Yankees 2012 roster brims with breakout talents that include Robinson Canó, the 2011 Home Run Derby champion whose out-of-the-park hits have dramatically increased reports of UFOs hovering above the Bronx.
Mind-body wellness coach Christina Vinsick has a packed résumé: she owned a pizzeria, wrote and directed an award-winning feature film, and was a member of the 1995 U.S. Youth Rock Climbing Team—all before she turned 30. Now she uses her varied experience to help others fulfill their dreams. As a graduate of the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and the Hypnosis Motivation Institute, Christina is an expert in life coaching and holistic foods. Clients may also solicit her hypnosis services to help with issues such as smoking, weight loss, insomnia, and hat hair.
While many laser-hair-removal spas carry only one laser system, Albany Laser Spa keeps an arsenal. When consulting with a new client, the spa's technicians will evaluate skin and hair type to determine which of the FDA-approved systems will best suit him or her. Also, the staff is LaserFast certified to use the proprietary system that ameliorates the laser's sting with a pulse of cool air, so the technician doesn't have to blow on it.
After Karen Stuto graduated from the Center for Natural Wellness and Massage Therapy, she founded Massage and Bodywork Artists—a moniker chosen to reflect meticulous care and a sense of craftsmanship. In addition to targeting shoulder and neck pain caused by poor posture, stress, and injury with deep-tissue techniques, she doubles down on the pampering during four-hands massage. To address each client’s unique pain points, she blends Swedish and acupressure techniques with meridian work and stretches. Though her passion for massage therapy runs deep, she appreciates the old adage “laughter is the best medicine,” which is why she always stores her laughter in mason jars for future use.
People don’t go to a deli to fight wrinkles, fine lines, and acne outbreaks. But at Youthful Trends, skincare apothecaries mix custom, natural, handmade body butters and beauty products behind a beauty deli. It's this smorgasbord of organic serums and creams that lays claim to the Earthworm Wrinkle Butter, which was praised on The Doctors for its anti-aging blend of green-tea extracts and secrets for fighting off early birds. In addition to tailored blends of fresh fruit and botanicals, aestheticians encourage glowing complexions with LED light, bronze bodies in beds equipped with personal sound systems, and lift moods with vitamin D-enriched lights.
A board-certified practitioner and longtime devotee of holistic healthcare, Lisa James understands the body as an interconnected organism that can’t always be treated with symptom-specific remedies. That’s why she uses techniques such as Japanese reiki and Chinese reflexology to alleviate mental anxiety and physical stress all at once. Aided by aromatherapy and herbal supplements, Lisa’s methods may help restore the body’s balance and ease obstructions that can develop into physical illness if left unchecked. Not just a healer, Lisa is also an educator. In group classes, she teaches students about the art and science behind reiki, a treatment designed to coax more juice out of the lithium batteries that power the body’s various muscle groups.
Ania Hair Studio & Spa's stylists fear no wave, corkscrew, or kink that comes their way. With their certification from Ouidad, a line of curl-centric products, and their trademarked curly-hair salon techniques, the only curl they don't tackle professionally comes with a roast-beef sandwich at Arby's. Their team is comprised of stylists of every skill level, from beginner to master artist, but they all work closely with their clients to find the cut or color that suits them best. In the spa department, aestheticians pamper skin with facials and waxing services, as well as eyelash extensions and mani-pedis. Massage therapists, alternatively, soothe muscles with various bodywork modalities, reiki, and herbal steam. The studio itself features a modern, urban aesthetic, with a corrugated-metal ceiling hovering over painted exposed vents and track lighting. Yet wood accents, granite floor tiles, winsome yellow orb lighting, and a smattering of plants lend the space an eclectic, decorative vibe. You'll also discover wicker chairs padded with brown leather cushions—even individual items cull their aesthetic influences from disparate yet complementary sources, like a basketball arena outfitted with a slip 'n' slide for players to cool off after each dunk.