Bucking the stereotype that teenagers are impulsive, shortsighted, and strictly carnivorous, at just 13 years old, Arul Goldman made the decision that, from that day forward, she would adhere to a vegetarian diet. This set her on a lifelong exploration of nutrition and its effects on the body, mind, and spirit. After experiencing some of the health benefits of holistic treatments, she also sought a license to counsel clients on their own well-being. Arul went on to become a certified colon hydrotherapist, lymphatic-drainage therapist, and holistic-health and nutritional counselor, before opening SanaVita.
With these concepts and experience in mind, Arul presides over a staff as it administers treatments calibrated to oust toxins, accumulations of which can cause myriad health issues. Ionic footbaths draw compounds out through the pads of the feet, and colon-hydrotherapy sessions flush them from the large intestine before they can leach back into the bloodstream. As support for these treatments, nutritional-counseling programs improve diet and a slate of supplements give one the vigor to help other beach-goers smash open their volleyballs. A mix of Native American and Eastern aesthetics infuse the spa’s décor, with mottled walls giving the rooms the earthy feeling of the inside of a hand-formed pot. Buddha statues foster calm introspection, and the rustling fronds of live plants frame the blue lilies in the treatment room’s stained-glass windows.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
At Blue Horizon Spa, our massage specialists focus on the entire experience from the moment you step inside our beautiful Manhasset spa location we nurture your every breath. Customers come to escape the daily pressures and relieve tension and stress.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I come from a long line of massage therapists, from my father who has built a career in Hong Kong, he bid me well to come to America to continue the traditions and techniques he has taught me growing up in China.
What do you love most about your job?
I love the relationships I have built with my recurring customers. I am a savior to many of them and they come to me to not only relieve their pains but to comfort them. This is a rare and unique relationship I have come to cherish.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
The best feedback is referral based especially
when it comes to family. We have several families that come to us and we do both couples massages as well as massages to mother-daughter, father-son... We are an extended family for many of our customers :-)
Time Out New York writer Laura Lanz-Frolio initially considered the cascading flowers and pink lighting inside Supple Spa’s sunset room somewhat kitschy. That all changed once her massage started. “None of this will matter once you’re facedown on the massage tables, covered in actual rose petals,” she wrote in her 2011 review of the city’s best couples-massage rooms. Each of the spa’s five treatment rooms feature a romantic theme––one resembles a Parisian terrace, while another looks exactly like Fabio––and folding partitions crinkle to reveal a second massage bed so that pairs can indulge together.
Supple Spa’s other services––facials, body scrubs, rose-infused bathwater soaks––garner equal praise from publications including New York Magazine. As they pull high-quality Dermalogica products, the spa’s technicians uphold their self-set level of opulence, which falls just shy of outfitting each client with a scepter. Supple’s confines, though decorated for couple’s retreats, also host spa parties for up to 10 guests.
Licensed Doctor of Chiropractic Lou Kessel knows what it is like to stand in the spotlight. Beginning his career as a competitive gymnast, he later became a gymnastics coach, and, eventually, the host of the local television show Peak Performance. Now, he shines the spotlight on his clients as he takes a natural and preventative approach to reducing pain without drugs.
With more than 30 years experience as a trained sports chiropractor, Kessel has mastered techniques for reducing and removing nervous-system dysfunctions––such as subluxations and knots––with customized adjustments and rehabilitation services. At his eponymous wellness center, two trained massage therapists work to soothe aches and pains during massage sessions, and an ionic footbath detox helps purge toxins and impurities through the foot's sweat glands. The clinic's online health store further encourages whole body well-being by providing natural supplements, cleansing herbal teas, and group counseling for toes who are no longer speaking.
When you think of a spa, it’s likely that you think of a tranquil refuge women escape to for hours of pampering. Why Not Men’s Spa is on a mission to towel whip that stereotype into submission with an indulgent spa menu for nature’s Y-chromosome carriers.
The men’s spa’s staff still hopes to pamper its clients just as much as a traditional spa, though. Body treatment rooms envelop clients in a warm hug as soothing music gently plays in the background and candlelight softly lights a cozy padded table. Here, a skilled aesthetician performs Alpha-Vital skin-resurfacing treatments or paints faces in 24-karat gold to improve skin’s luminosity. During massages, therapists draw on firm tui na pressure and reflexology techniques to ease chronic pain. Specialty ear-candling treatments are also available, as are waxing treatments and mani-pedis.
The Village Beauty Lounge's chic and relaxing space invites clients to indulge in organic therapies that enhance their looks and uplift their spirits. A climb up the back-lit staircase is the first sign that things are taking a turn for the luxurious; once inside, guests are greeted by earth-toned walls and softly lit hanging lamps. The decor sets the mood for such uniquely pampering treatments as ice cream pedicures, citrus hot cream manicures, and curiously peanut butter-free jelly footbaths. Inside equally sleek private treatment rooms, therapists administer hot-stone and aromatherapy massages. Skincare specialists, meanwhile, render complexions radiant with hydrating and vitamin C anti-aging facials. As visitors relax, wall-mounted flat-screen TVs cancel out the big city stimuli teeming on the other side of the spa's doors.