Cushy chairs, soft candlelight, rose-filled vases, and owner Teresa Hernandez give Impressions Spa a welcoming vibe that puts tight muscles and tired faces at ease. Hailing from Santiago de los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic, Teresa has industriously pursued the American dream as a cosmetologist since 1994, the year of both her arrival in Queens and the discovery of Manhattan. Five years later, she opened the first of her beauty shops, and remains an aesthetician at large to this day. Inside Impressions’ private rooms, massages deactivate stress while speaking of hot stones, paraffin, chocolate, and therapeutic aromas. Bricks and mirrors observe as patrons sit for new hairstyles in the salon area and consider returning for a swift waxing or a cellulite treatment. Mindful of the environment and its fondness for the human race, Impressions Spa utilizes eco-friendly products from renowned beauty brands such as Dermologica, Nexus, and Biolage.