Catering to clients’ cosmetic concerns is only half of the goal at Paradiso Day Spa. The other half is providing a complete and total escape from the stress-inducing demands of everyday life. To this end, the studio strives to create a cozy, inviting atmosphere that encourages visitors to lounge for a bit and prolong their indulgent spa experience. This is readily apparent in the spa’s relaxation room, which resembles the quaint sitting room of a stately bed and breakfast, complete with plush armchairs, a low-slung divan, and complimentary beverages and snacks.
Select clients can indulge with a refreshing aromatherapy steam shower before receiving their treatment from one of the center’s aestheticians or therapists. Staffers then get busy performing facials, which can improve skin tone and restore a youthful glow to cheekbones by using everything from antibacterial LED lights to skin-firming ultrasound technology. The massage therapists similarly address a range of concerns by employing Swedish or deep-tissue modalities as well as energy-balancing reflexology techniques.
For more than a decade, Stacy Francis has practiced aesthetics. Her training at DePasquale informs her approach to skincare, particularly her commitment to delivering completely personalized treatments to each individual. At Aesthetics For You, she upgrades outer beauty through facials, peels, and microdermabrasion treatments while fostering inner harmony with spa perks such as fine linens and fragrant emollients. Her wellness center is quaint and inviting—the two-story building is a repurposed home complete with a wraparound deck and a couch fort. In addition to rooms for photofacials, body wraps, and waxing services, the building hosts a small spin studio.
"Fomentation room" might sound like a science-fiction term, but the igneous dry-rock sauna at Sol Mar Day Spa actually evokes a step back in time. The Korean-style space encourages the release of toxins through sweat, boosting the body's circulation and tipping the mind back into balance. And, luckily, a trip into its steamy enclosure is included in many of the spa's other services. Clients can submit their sore spots to a combination massage, during which Swedish and pressure-point shiatsu techniques work to untie muscular knots. Customized facials address specific skincare concerns, from dryness to sensitivity, and an Asian body scrub softens the skin through relaxing exfoliation. The spa also offers nail services, reflexology, and various treatment packages that last for two to three hours, or until each vertebra can be heard softly snoring.
Alora Ambiance Spa owner Patricia Rivas has worked as a licensed aesthetician and skincare specialist for nearly a decade. Along the way, she's picked up advanced certifications in treatments such as cellulite-smoothing ionithermie and IPL hair removal, teamed up with Dr. Thomaso Skorupski, and assembled a staff of talented hairstylists, nail artists, and waxing specialists spread throughout two studios. There, staffers dole out specialty services, including eyelash perms and extensions, exfoliating salt-glow treatments, and facials that infuse faces with more oxygen and nutrients than a granola-filled balloon. Beyond stocking the shelves with aesthetic aids from such brands as Paul Mitchell, Matrix, and Pravana, Rivas is also the creator of the Ayurveda by Alora skincare line, which includes soap- and- sulfate-free cleansers, as well as body creams infused with white tea and vitamins C and E.
Vastu is, simply put, a place to heal and reconnect the body, mind, and spirit. At this soothing wellness center in Warwick, clients can take uplifting classes and workshops, have relaxing bodywork sessions, or learn how to be well by harnessing the healing power of good nutrition, supplements, and community. In the Vastu studio, students can meditate and move at the same time during Kai Chi Do classes, sculpt muscles in Vinyasa Yoga Strength sessions, or learn to Let Go & Flow in a laid-back session devoted to linking breath with challenging asanas. Onsite massage, from Thai Yoga to aromatherapy and prenatal modalities, helps guests relax. And they can choose to have acupuncture done or even send kids off to a yoga class of their own, such as quantum mechanics for toddlers.
A green establishment, b. Euphoria Salon and Day Spa employs a team focused on lavishing clients in beautifying and relaxing treatments while treating the planet with the same level of pampering and respect. Between the brick and butter-colored salon walls, stylists use vegan products that eschew the use of parabens and harmful chemicals. Inside private spa rooms, candles and blue walls soothe the eyes of massage, facial, and waxing recipients, while just outside of those rooms, recycled jeans provide insulation and soundproofing. Additionally, all appliances are certified by EnergyStar.