A back and ankle injury changed Doctor of Chiropractic Lisa Clyne’s life—for the better. When the pills and bed rest prescribed by her doctor didn’t seem to improve her condition, she reluctantly gave in to her parents and agreed to see her mother’s chiropractor. After her first visit, she noticed progress, and within four weeks she felt as good as new. This experience inspired her to change her career path and enroll in New York Chiropractic College. In 2006, she opened her private practice and eventually teamed up with a naturopathic doctor, an endermologist, massage therapists, and acupuncturists. Together they aim to provide alternative health-care services that emphasize long-term wellness rather than short-term treatment of illnesses.
Drawing upon more than 20 years of chiropractic experience and more than a decade of acupuncture know-how, Dr. Clyne searches for the underlying causes of pain by performing x-rays and listening to her patients. She uses traditional chiropractic techniques such as Activator methods, which utilizes a spring-loaded tool to provide gentle, high-speed thrusts, and the Thompson technique, which involves manual adjustments and a specialized table to address misaligned vertebrae. Dr. Clyne also specializes in the Graston soft-tissue technique, which targets spinal issues with six stainless-steel instruments that work with the body’s contours instead of challenging them to a jousting match.
It's appropriate that the most luxurious spa package at Dream Spa & Salon—which includes an aromatherapy steam shower, a facial, a detoxifying body treatment, a Swedish massage, and a mani-pedi—is named Cloud Nine. Apart from the bliss that name suggests, it also encapsulates the spa’s airy, serene, and cushioned ambiance, which follows guests through private rooms during personalized services. Even the decor, captures the simple elegance of a floating cloud with see-through glass and white orchids on the tables that contrast with soothing gray tones throughout the spa and salon.
Owner and beauty-industry veteran Lori Dodd has a penchant for this type of attention to detail and forward-thinking sophistication. To complement her spa’s streamlined design there is the ultra-comfortable dream lounge with reusable beverage containers, and a decreased reliance on paper for menus. On the salon side of the venue, her hairstylists likewise believe in attractive minimalism and shy away from overcomplicating their cuts, colors, and texturing treatments. Yet the staff's emphasis on a clean aesthetic doesn't deny lavish procedures. Every facial at Dream Spa & Salon includes an essential-oil-infused steam, and guests can benefit from a dreamy shower, included with every massage experience. The team also bronzes clients with even, natural-looking tans via the Suvara spray-tan system.
Though spa treatments are, by nature, customized to each client, URA The Spa takes its treatments one step further, with a holistic approach and a focus on natural healing. It's evident in the name—"URA"—an ancient Celtic letter representing the heather plant. This flora was used to symbolize qualities such as generosity and healing. As for how the spa manifests this mindset, the first step is bathing visitors in a calm atmosphere created by bright pastel colors and plush furnishings. The next steps come in the form of the services. Adept, gentle hands administer ayurvedic wraps and energy therapy alongside med-spa treatments that correct specific skin issues. Custom massages soothe tense muscles, while facials and enzyme-rich peels cleanse and exfoliate. To perform these services, the staff relies on natural formulas from a private-label product line and by brands such as Shir-Organic, Color Science, and SkinMedica.
The nail technicians, massage therapists, and aestheticians at True Grace Spa & Nail use top-shelf products to yield long-lasting results. By slathering hands and feet in a private-label lotion containing pure botanical ingredients, nail technicians hydrate the skin without leaving the greasy after-feel associated with cheap lotions or used motor oil. During signature facials, aestheticians nourish faces with Decléor products that contain all-natural ingredients. To enhance the therapeutic benefits of massage, kneading professionals may add the spa's signature Cellular Renewal lotion or Moisture Vitality lotion, both of which restore vitality to the skin and promote relaxation with subtle aromas of citrus or lavender.
Massage therapist Frank Fiorillo, the force behind Performance Massage Therapy, combines his skills in clinical and rehabilitative bodywork with an appreciation for the stress relief and relaxation benefits. Massages tailored to each clients' needs help to ease tension and discomfort from the body, and Fiorillo's experience as an athletic trainer's assistant affords him a unique perspective.
iFloat helps clients escape the weight of the world by forgetting the weight of their bodies. Inside the spa's quiet, dark chambers, clients float atop a warm epsom-salt solution that creates the illusion of weightlessness. The effect of this environment is to slow brain waves, producing vivid imagery, creative thoughts, and an epiphany about how to make square dancing slightly more popular. There are other benefits, too; sessions can reduce blood pressure, stress, and anxiety. After flotation sessions, clients can relax inside a comfortable lounge and sip complimentary tea.