It’s been more than ten years since the staff at Day Spa Gata saw the first glowing, relaxed client walk out their door, and it has since become a regular sight. That’s because the day spa offers an expansive variety of services meant to relax, beautify, and renew each guest who enters their tranquil spa, replete with complimentary consultations. In the massage area, bodies bask in modalities such as aromatherapy, deep tissue, and Russian sport massage, which tends to muscles before or after a tough workout or skirmish with the Ottoman Empire. Body scrubs buff away dead skin cells and stimulate circulation, while body wraps nourish skin with decadent formulas made from chocolate, dead sea mud, algae, or volcanic ash. In skincare rooms, specialists refine complexions with eight traditional facials and cutting-edge treatments that incorporate ultrasound, glycolic acids, or microdermabrasion crystals to reveal more youthful skin.
Skinney Med Spa founders Adriana and Marisa Martino—who just happen to be identical twin sisters—have been interested in medical aesthetics since they pursued their certification. They immediately set out working under doctors in various med spas, gaining expertise in everything from laser treatments to cellulite reduction. They used their extensive knowledge to open Skinney Med Spa, where they lead a team of medical aestheticians who use lasers for hair removal, resurfacing facials, and stretch mark reduction. They also perform treatments such as microdermabrasion and photo facials, and thanks to their on-staff physician, Dr. Halland Chen, plasma facials that can encourage cell rejuvenation through applications of the client's own treated plasma or pulverized TV screens.
Registered dietitian Cher Pastore and her staff help individuals align their lives with wellness through comprehensive nutritional counseling. By implementing glucose monitoring and metabolic testing, she ensures that clients remain healthy while dieting and exercising. Outside of the office, she plans shopping tours at local food markets and collaborates with a personal trainer to give patients a comprehensive approach to healthy living. Because of her in-depth knowledge of diabetes, prenatal nutrition, and body-slimming bandages, Cher also lends her expertise to doctors.
Walk into any of Genie Pod Spa's treatment rooms, and you might think you were walking onto the set of a futuristic film. That's because each room is equipped with a SlimLine Pod. These red and white egg-shaped capsules encase clients from the neck down and infuse their bodies with far-infrared waves from LED bulbs in order to help whittle waists and encourage detoxification. Over the course of about a half hour, the chamber reaches temperatures of 135–175 degrees, helping to burn calories, kindle sweat glands, and cook any popcorn kernels clients may have brought in. By stimulating circulation and perspiration, the SlimLine Pod helps pores release toxins. Meanwhile, the LED light promotes collagen production to tighten the skin, which leaves contours firmer and smoother. Pores can appear to shrink, sun damage might fade, and fine lines can start to soften.
The staff of massage therapists and aestheticians at True Spa keeps clients’ skin smooth and muscles loose with a full menu of bodywork and beauty services. Massage therapists untie the muscle knots that have burrowed into the shoulders and back using deep-tissue techniques, and they provide all-over stress relief with gentle, flowing Swedish massage. Aestheticians use facials and body scrubs to cleanse clients’ pores and buff away dull cells. They also adhere to squeaky-clean hygienic practices during men's and women's waxes that leave nearly any part of the anatomy smoother than chocolate mousse in silk pajamas.
The holistic practitioners at Essential Therapy NY strive to align body and mind through massage and custom, organic facials. A gurgling waterfall greets each guest as senses explore a studio whose feng shui evokes the grounds of East and South Asian temples. Across five treatment rooms, muscle masons deliver 10 relaxing and therapeutic massage modalities augmented by breathing techniques such as "inhaling" and "exhaling." For visage revivification, skin specialists coddle faces with organic ingredients in products from Hungarian line Éminence Organic Skin Care. The studio also offers accoutrements such as a Jacuzzi, sauna, and dual-purpose steam room and bagel oven.