Katerina Mathias aims to show each client their true potential. She uses chemical peels, diamond microdermabrasion, and other skin care therapies to bring out the best in each person's skin. She also uses professional skin care products, as well as organic, custom-made masks and oils. Clients leave her spa with glowing complexion, nourished skin, and clear pores.
But what qualifies Katerina as a skincare expert? The answer is twofold, spanning both formal and personal experience. First, she earned a bachelor's degree in organic chemistry, receiving institutional confirmation of her enzymatic and molecular know-how. Next, after moving from Russia to the United States, Katerina became a mother. And although it was the textbooks that imparted stats about cells and atoms, it was her long hours as a new mom that drove home the need for quality self-care. "As a woman and a mother, I know it is not easy to break free and love yourself," she explains, "but once it happens, it starts a chain reaction that improves all aspects of life."
Breathe Massage Therapy is co-owned by licensed massage therapists April Ashbee and Anna Burns, both of whom have earned recognition by Metroland as one of the area's Best Massage Therapists. Along with their team of bodywork experts, April and Anna assuage muscles and search for missing shoulder parrots while performing a variety of massage styles ranging from gentle, noninvasive craniosacral therapy to deep-tissue massage, which uses targeted friction to oust stubborn tension. The stress-relieving duo makes customer comfort a priority at all times, providing soft music to keep nerves calm, water to keep muscles hydrated, and eye pillows to keep any magician visits a surprise.
Helmed by therapist Michele Salway, the muscle masons of Body Time Massage Therapy help clients unburden themselves of stress and physical tension. A graduate of the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage, Salway decompresses bodies with deep-tissue and shiatsu techniques, as well as well-timed knock-knock jokes. In her off time, she continues expanding her arsenal of modalities through ongoing training and checking the museum’s marble statues for cracks. Salway and her team welcome wearied physiques to Body Time’s studio, as well as make house calls and tote chairs to businesses to provide corporate massage services.
Kaitlin Bray and Randi Vogel, the owners of Strut. Spalontique, have a passion for beauty that shines through in their decorating choices: a chandelier glimmers above their salon's wooden floors, and shimmering bamboo stencils line a private treatment room. Clients visit these aesthetically pleasing quarters for relaxing massages and salon services such as eyebrow tinting, eyelash extensions, and hairstyling. They can also shop for designer clothing and accessories in the salon's onsite boutique.
As an aesthetician and cosmetician with more than three decades of experience, Isabel Aviles knows which products to use to bring out the best in her clients’ skin. Medicated cleansers tackle acne, exfoliating acids peel away signs of aging, and seaweed masks aim to detoxify the body and disguise appearances at underwater costume parties.
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.