When children are sick, their parents will do anything to heal them. That’s why, when her teenage daughter developed fibromyalgia, Sorina Durante decided to go back to school to find ways to improve her daughter's health. She attended 10 different programs across England, Canada, and the United States to learn the latest in laser therapy and relaxation techniques, which not only helped her relieve her daughter's pains but also led her to open Energy Balance Laser Therapy & Massage. There, Durante shares with her clients her expertise in red-light therapy, therapeutic massage, and Dr. Kaufman's pain-neutralization technique, the latter of which relieves chronic and acute pain using a light touch. Durante also offers anti-aging facials that use lasers to firm and clear the skin, as well as stress-relieving alternative therapies such as reiki and CranioSacral.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of related industries—particularly massage therapy, where he observed especially rapid growth. As the spa industry continued to expand, he noticed that hardly any nationally recognized brands resulted from that growth. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to fill that niche with a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa. Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 12 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
One of the most recent innovations in hair-straightening, The Magic Sleek formula straightens and softens hair, as well as protects it from UV rays, without using any formaldehyde or harsh chemicals. The product is designed to nourish strands with vitamin E as well as omega-3 and omega-9 fatty acids, and aims to produce shinier manes by locking moisture in, with results lasting as long as 4-6 months.
“It’s not just a haircut, it’s a hair experience.” So goes the motto at this Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, where stylists go above and beyond to make each and every hair feel totally indulged. Shampoo becomes anything but ordinary at the salon's lather lounge, where heads can combine an intense conditioning treatment with a relaxing massage of the neck, shoulders, scalp, or hands. Or, opt for the salon's beauty ritual, which nourishes the scalp with an olive oil sugar scrub, before stylists spoon feed caviar to each strand and wash impurities down the drain with a sparkling Pierre water rinse. The color bar menu allows clients to mix and match shading services such as all-over color with a color glaze or minimal grey touch-up with a matching lash tint, and every color service includes s five minute conditioning treatment to ensure new hues look healthy. Beyond being masters of the latest cutting trends, several of the stylists at Aurelio are also certified Deva Curl curly hair specialists, while others are experts at installing Cinderella Hair Extensions, which are made of 100% human hair.
When it comes to relaxation, Lisa K. Girandola offers a variety of options for pampering her patrons. She and her staff promote inner calm and relaxed muscles by ushering clients through 14 types of massages and 15 ways of smashing an alarm clock. Cold, clinical technology is nowhere to be found during facial and skin services. Instead, fruit and lavender peels and masks replace lasers and harsh chemicals during the spa's sea facials, herbal facials, and optimum rejuvenation treatments. In addition to beautifying and relaxing physiques, Lisa nurtures spiritual sides by attempting to balance chakras and leading students through three levels of reiki-attunement classes.
A haven that fuses the tranquility of a day spa with the results-oriented procedures of a medical office, SpaMedica executes age-defying cosmetic, facial, and body treatments. A staff of seasoned medical aestheticians bolsters exteriors through services that range from Dysport injections and microdermabrasion to cellulite-banishing Endermologie treatments, many harnessing the nourishing ingredients of SkinMedica and NeoStrata skincare products. Beige walls dotted with matching candles warmly welcome patrons to the pampering sanctuary, inviting them to drink in the aroma of fresh blooms in a cozy waiting area bordered by a plush blue couch. Natural light filters through drapes onto comfy treatment beds set inside secluded rooms as peaceful and discreet as a private island ruled by sentient olive trees.
Dramatic, crystalline chandeliers dominate the interior of Valina Salon and Day Spa, a space that melds upscale aesthetics with approachable service. Beneath arrangements of inverted cones and ringed spheres, the technicians and stylists nourish and beautify bodies with Aveda botanical products. Cooling tones of white and periwinkle surround the salon section, where strands soak up deep-conditioning treatments or undergo stylistic transformations via cuts and color services.
The spa section favors textured white walls and buttery woods, which surround plush leather pedi-thrones and med-spa rooms outfitted with precision microdermabrasion equipment. Aromatherapy is incorporated into many services, from Swedish massages to spa manicures, in order to give the nostrils something to flare about. Regardless of the reason for swinging by the space, clients are encouraged to sink into plush violet benches as they await their service.