Strawberries, raspberries, chocolate, milk, and honey—all of these ingredients would be great in a sundae, but at Diva Spa, they're meant to nourish your skin. They're also just a few of the revitalizing secrets in the spa's many scrubs and wraps. Others incorporate sea salt for exfoliation, or crème-based European rose mud for moisture. The rest of the menu spans massages, facials, and high-tech weight-loss programs, such as treatments that use ultrasound instead of slowly-shrinking t-shirts to target unwanted fat.
The floor-to-ceiling windows in Therapeutic Healing Massage Center's treatment rooms allow river and city views to stream in, creating a tranquil environment for holistic bodywork. The licensed therapists are trained in a wide array of massage modalities, including aesthetic techniques that address cellulite and the signs of aging. Their Bioptron light-therapy sessions fight injuries and pain with sunshine-like energy that comes free of UV radiation or spontaneous eclipses.
Beauty experts say that it's important to make sure your dermatologist or med spa doesn't use just one laser to treat a wide variety of concerns. Chances are, that laser will do one or two things really well and probably pop a bag of popcorn in a pinch, but it won't effectively treat every skin concern. That's where the Art of Natural Beauty Center really shines. It boasts 10 distinctive laser machines, which can be used to enhance almost every area of the body.
One noninvasive laser shrinks fat cells and reduces the appearance of cellulite. Another microablative laser resurfaces faces and fades fine lines and wrinkles. Still another removes unwanted tattoos. Before performing many of these treatments, technicians use a Skintel melanin reader to make sure the lasers are set to the appropriate setting for the client's skin.
Such high-tech treatments likely bring to mind a stark doctor's-office environment, and yet, the spa-like Art of Natural Beauty Center relaxes with a mixture of candles, calming music, and refreshments. It also fine-tunes bodies with pampering spa services, including glow-enhancing body scrubs, French green clay algae wraps, and customized facials that start with face mapping.
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.
At i Beauty Spa NYC, a diverse team of trained specialists aims to dissolve stress and tension in an intimate space decorated with orchids and bamboo plants. Soothing nature sounds cosset clients' ears as aestheticians cleanse their complexions with calming facials and Dermalogica products or combat signs of aging with photofacial light therapy and radio-frequency technology. Fragrant aromatherapy oils greet the senses as guests lounge in a private room for a muscle-loosening massage. The clinicians also apply makeup, remove hair with wax or lasers, and guide clients through lymphatic-drainage space-suit sessions, which can slim and tone the body in order to safely fit inside lunar modules.
Beneath the roof of Beauty Place, small beauty businesses composed of licensed massage therapists, makeup artists, aestheticians, and laser technicians come together to beautify and pamper bodies with myriad services. Patrons can wander to the Knots & Kneads or Lash Den rooms for Swedish, Thai, and myofascial-release massages, which evict tension with long, fluid strokes, or head to the Waxing Lady's treatment area for quick body-hair removal. Laser technicians permanently remove hair in one room as the makeup studio's makeup artists doll up brides, wedding parties, and ministers in another.