Although the treatments they perform have evolved with technology, Gooding Skin System's aestheticians maintain the quality level of products and services that has kept them in business for more than 30 years. The staff strives to bring out the best in each customer, whether enhancing complexions with a peel, buffing nails with a manicure, or pulling magic scarves out of bellybuttons. They bolster skincare regimens with products from Murad, SkinCeuticals, Guinot Paris, and Sothys, and can tailor at-home routines for clients hoping to keep their faces glowing after a treatment.
An Aveda salon, Purity Hair Design boasts a trained staff that attends to clients’ beauty needs with a comprehensive list of nail and hair services. Customers undergoing dramatic cuts or quick bang trims settle into lime-green salon chairs, where Aveda’s line of plant-based products nourish strands beneath the glow of hanging lamps. At the makeup station, aestheticians enhance natural beauty or hide natural gills by sweeping on Beyond Minerals products. Nail technicians invigorate toes with the seasonal pedicures’ rotating list of ingredients and top nails with Shellac gel for up to two weeks of chip-free color.
Caramel wood tones swirl throughout Body & Sol Tanning's studio, modeling the hues customers adopt during UV bed sessions and UV-free airbrush appointments. With three levels of solar-simulation chambers, tanners spend between 2–15 minutes absorbing healthy amounts of light from fresh bulbs. Specialized facial lamps ensure that features receive an even coat, and lotions by Synergy Tan and JWoww help to stimulate bronzing while basting bodies with additional moisture. Body & Sol Tanning also offers professional airbrushing appointments, during which a trained professional applies an even mist to eliminate pale complexions and regrets of napping outside underneath a hammock.
Bethlehem Massage's practitioners blend western massage techniques with eastern practices to promote balance and harmony in their clients. First visits typically begin with a consultation, during which a licensed therapist takes the time to understand individuals' medical histories and motivations for visiting. They draw from a buffet of services such as Swedish massage and hyper-specific doctor's-orders massage, before lavishing clients with focused bodywork that rewards the muscles for automatically flexing when photographed by traffic cameras. The facility's in-house acupuncturist also stands ready to target afflictions with a 4,000-year-old Chinese practice.
Presumably tired of standing, sore of foot and back, Dustin Campbell first found his way into a massage chair at a concert. Fifteen minutes later, he knew he wanted to be a massage therapist. With barely a backward glance, he plunged into a 1,020-hour massage-therapy certification program that covered four modalities, basic sciences, medical skills, and business practices. He came out the other end Dustin Campbell, Licensed Massage Therapist, and started his own business, The Bears Massage. Today, he continues to explore and study the world of natural healing as he plies his trade on Albany's sore backs.
The licensed massage therapist at A True North Massage mollycoddles muscle fibers in a one-hour massage designed to release tension and pent-up stress. A deep-tissue massage delves deep into the sinews to flush out toxins and work out muscle knots before rearranging them into animal origami, while a Swedish massage uses long, smooth strokes to stimulate the nervous system and promote relaxation. The massage therapist can knead athletic flesh in a specific area, such as a runner's tight hamstring or a bowler's sore thumb, providing specialized attention with a sports massage, while moms-to-be can enjoy a gentle pregnancy massage targeting aching muscles. Although not included in the Groupon, other services are available for an additional fee.