The soothing grip of licensed therapist Christopher Pokrandt mollifies achy musculature during hot-stone massages tailored to the body’s specific sore spots and problem areas. As visitors sprawl out on padded massage tables, smooth, heated basalt stones lineup along their torsos, infusing warmth that assuages muscle discomfort caused by heavy lifting or flexing too long in front of the mirror. Leaving tension to recede into the distance, the massage also works to restore energy and balance to the body. Alternatively, customers can opt for the head to toe massage, which focuses on loosening full bodies by targeting your most knotted muscles.
Founder and licensed therapist Kristen M. Wood soothes distressed musculature with seven different modalities of massage, from smooth Swedish strokes to the localized finger pressures of shiatsu bodywork. The clinic's specially designed massage table leaves backs optimally exposed to the therapist’s 10-fingered artistry, and hot-stone massages ease muscular tension and warm insides faster than a bowl of chicken-noodle lava. Kristen culls inspiration from ancient China and modern science alike to design techniques that bolster cells’ oxygen supplies, relieve soreness, and alleviate stiff joints.
Pink walls, tiaras, and rows of frilly white dresses just waiting to be worn. It’s a dream come true for some children, but it wasn’t always the dream of Tiffany's Trend Salon owner Debi Lamparelli, a beauty-industry veteran who credits her niece with the idea for the kids-focused salon in an article from WNY Woman. Soon, though, she found herself as enthralled by the idea as her pintsize patrons, telling WNY reporter Ashley Johnson, “I love children and would love to celebrate a special time in their lives. I love dressing girls up and making them feel like divas.”
The love of dress up is apparent from the moment customers enter the pink-striped salon, where rows of girls aged 2–13 can be found relaxing against candy-colored overstuffed pillows as aestheticians trim and paint nails and accentuate already rosy cheeks with gentle swipes of a makeup brush. Debi and her staff take the idea of royal treatment literally, providing snowy-white princess gowns and sparkling tiaras that their pintsize customers may don to emulate their favorite Disney character or eccentric mayor. The salon also hosts spa–themed birthday parties for up to 12 girls, pampering party guests with age-appropriate indulgences such as facials, pedicures, cupcakes, and sliced cucumbers for each set of eyes.
At her brand-new location, Amber Fath coaxes pores open with steam and extracts dirt from their crevices with the help of organic-skincare line Éminence. Her path to this point began in 2008, when she started learning about skin resurfacing and chemical peels. Dedicated to bettering herself at her craft, she's sought out work with acclaimed aestheticians, added lymphatic drainage to her skill set, and sat at the front with arm raised in continuing-education classes. Armed with this knowledge and experience, she administers services such as waxings and body scrubs that render skin soft and glowing.
Licensed massage therapist Janine Ertel-Graziano pampers her clients with Swedish massages and hot-stone therapy. Additional treatments include prenatal massage, reflexology, and professional birth doula services for physical and emotional support for mothers before, during, and after birth.