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Spa Report 2003

The Brooklyn Paper
Note: There is an updated Brooklyn Spa Guide for 2006

Once again, GO Brooklyn’s intrepid reporters have hit the streets and the massage tables to get the skinny on new spas and therapies to improve your skin, your mood or to ease aches and pains.

This year’s spa report reveals that Brooklyn’s oases of rejuvenation are as popular as ever thanks to the ingenuity of the borough’s skincare pros and massage therapists. The Spa in Bay Ridge looks to foods — and even chocolate — to keep their treatments new and clients returning, and DownTime Day Spa in Williamsburg goes after the final frontier: male clients. Pilo Arts Day Spa and Salon in Bay Ridge updates its tradition of excellence by incorporating hot stones into its facials, and on Smith Street, we even found a way to help parents massage babies.

The tried and true are also getting their due. The Home Spa in Cobble Hill has opened a second location just to keep up with client demand, and Cornerstone Healing just opened to offer the ancient Chinese arts of acupuncture and massage to cure whatever might ail its Carroll Gardens neighbors.

Remember, being stressed is a choice. Instead, opt for a spa treatment at one of Brooklyn’s ever-growing number of spas and holistic healing centers.

We hope Spa Report 2003 brings you a world of treatments to discover and to enjoy.

— Lisa J. Curtis, GO Brooklyn editor


BROOKLYN SPA DIRECTORY

Listed below are Brooklyn spas and the services and products they offer. Unless otherwise noted, a basic facial and basic massage are one-hour treatments. Click here for spa-going tips.

Area Treatment Center/Emporium

252 Smith St. at Douglass Street in Cobble Hill, (718) 522-1906.

Basic facial: $95; basic massage: $90. Products used include Dr. Hauschka. Accepts MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover. The Area Emporium retail store is located on the opposite side of the street. Special packages available. Open seven days a week. For more information, visit www.areabrooklyn.com on the Web.


Cleopatra Salon & Day Spa

89 Montague St. at Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 222-0700


Basic facial: $70; basic massage: $65. Uses Repechage, Dr. Dennis Gross and Dead Sea products among others. Cleopatra is a full-service hair salon, and offers eyebrow and eyelash tints, makeup service, body wraps and polishes, waxing, manicures and pedicures. Open seven days a week. Accepts MasterCard and Visa.


Creative Hair and Spa

326 Ninth St. at Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 788-8796.

Basic facial: $50; Basic massage: $50. Open since 1985. Offers precision hair care, skin care, permanent makeup, spa manicures, spa pedicures, nail sculpting, massage treatments and body scrubs. They also offer Lifetex deconditioning steamer. The salon is open seven days a week, and the spa is open Monday through Saturday. Accepts MasterCard, Visa and Discover.


Cynergy Spa

87 Fort Greene Place at Fulton Street in Fort Greene, (718) 403-9242


Basic facial: $80; basic massage: $100. This new spa will open in late February. It is the sister spa of Cynergy Spa in Harlem and promises to have a makeup counter, spacious treatment rooms and a lounge on the second floor with a tea and coffee bar. In the summer, outdoor massages will also be offered in the private rear garden. Services will include facials, massages, manicures, pedicures, body scrubs and body wraps. Open seven days a week. Accepts American Express, MasterCard and Visa.


DownTime Day Spa

115 North Seventh St. at Berry Street in Williamsburg, (718) 218-9680.

Basic facial: $75; basic massage: $75. Offers facials, phyto peel, microdermabrasion, body treatments, massages, reflexolgy, full service hair salon, manicures, pedicures, make-up application and waxing. Accepts MasterCard, Visa and American Express. Garden available in season. Open Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, visit www.downtimespa.com on the Web.


Elan Salon & Day Spa

157 Seventh Ave. at Garfield Place in Park Slope, (718) 789-1700.


Basic facial: $50; basic massage: $60. Offers haircuts and colorings, waxing, manicures and pedicures, facials, electrolysis, eyelash and eyebrow tints, ear piercing and body treatments. Open seven days a week. Accepts Visa and MasterCard.


Home Spa

300 Court St. at Douglass Street in Cobble Hill, (718) 596-8668. Home Spa Annex, 532 Court St. at Huntington Street in Carroll Gardens, (718) 596-5722.

Basic 75-minute facial: $75; basic 75-minute massage: $75. Home Spa uses their own brand of products and the Dermalogica line. Four treatment rooms at 300 Court St. and two treatment rooms at the Home Spa Annex at 532 Court St. Both locations offer facials, massages, waxing, scrubs and wraps. Series discounts. Services for kids and teens. Open seven days a week. Accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. For more information, go to www.homespa.com.
See story in this issue.

The Home Spa Shop, formerly Blissful Botanicals, is a retail shop carrying the Home Spa product line at 85 Bergen St. at Smith Street, (718) 596-7094.


Il Camelion Salon and Day Spa

326 Seventh Ave. at Eighth Street in Park Slope, (718) 788-1700.

Basic facial: $85; basic massage: $80. Uses Aveda products and offers haircuts and coloring, massage therapy, facials, body treatments, waxing and makeup services. Open Tuesday through Sunday. Accepts MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express. For more information about Il Camelion's products visit www.aveda.com.


Irene Dinov

119 Montague St. at Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 855-5900.

Basic massage: $65; basic facial: $65. Hair and spa services. Open seven days a week. Full-service hair salon also offering tanning, permanent makeup, electrolysis, skincare, facials, massage, waxing, manicures and pedicures. Currently undergoing renovations, and will unveil its full-service day spa using Aveda products in early March. Accepts American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.

Additional location: 78 Clark St. at Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 522-1222. Basic massage: $65; basic facial: $65. While this Aveda concept salon offers a full-service hair salon including manicures and pedicures upstairs, downstairs, Irene Dinov offers microdermabrasion, customized facials, milk peeling, massage, reflexology, acupuncture, waxing, electrolysis, body treatments (with some including the Aveda Pure-fume steam bath). Offers a significant series discount. Open seven days. Accepts MasterCard and Visa.


Lifestyles for Body & Soul Beautifying Spa

185 Atlantic Ave. at Court Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 797-3062.

Basic facial: $70; basic massage: $70. This full-service hair salon and spa offers packages and a wide array of treatments including manicures, pedicures, facials, glycolic peel, fruit peel, makeup application, waxing, tanning, variety of massage (including pre-natal) and body wraps. Lifestyles uses Bioelements products. Open seven days. Accepts MasterCard, Visa and American Express.


Pilo Arts Day Spa & Salon

8412 Third Ave. at 84th Street in Bay Ridge, (718) 748-7411.


Basic facial: $60; basic massage: $80. Hair salon offering manicures, pedicures, makeup, light concept nails, highlighting/coloring services and precision haircuts. The spa offers facials, massages, laser hair removal, waxing, wraps, scrubs and electrolysis. Outdoor garden available in season. Gift certificates available. Closed Mondays. Accepts American Express, Visa and MasterCard. For more information go to www.piloarts.com.
See story in this issue.


Providence Day Spa

53 Wyckoff St. at Court Street in Boerum Hill, (718) 596-6774.

Basic massage: $80; basic facial: $85. Offers massages, including prenatal, postpartum, and child and infant massage. Also, facials, waxing for women and men, reflexology and body wraps. Open seven days. Uses Starflowers Essentials Skin Care line. Accepts MasterCard, Visa and American Express. For more information, visit www.providencedayspa.com.


Rompal

319 Sixth Ave. at Third Street in Park Slope, (718) 965-9149.


Basic facial: $40; basic massage: $50. Uses Repechage products. Offers massage, facials, body wraps and electrolysis. Accepts American Express, MasterCard and Visa. Open Tuesday through Sunday.


Shibumi (at Eastern Athletic Club)

43 Clark St. at Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 625-0500; also at New York Marriott Brooklyn, 333 Adams St. at Johnson Tech Place, fourth floor, in Downtown Brooklyn, (718) 330-0007.


Basic facial: $65; basic massage: $78. Uses Decleor products. Patrons do not have to be members of Eastern Athletic, and they can use the club's yoga and pilates classes, swimming pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room. (Eastern Athletic Club members do get a discount on Shibumi services.) Series discounts available. Offer facials, massages, wraps and waxing. Brooklyn Heights location is open Tuesday through Sunday. The Marriott location offers massage only and is open Tuesday through Saturday. Accepts American Express, Visa, MasterCard.


Studio 19 Salon and Spa

1610 E. 19th St. at Kings Highway in Midwood, (718) 336-7373.

90-minute facial: $60; basic massage: $65. Primarily uses Decleor, Guinot and Jurlique products. The renovations include six massage rooms, four facial rooms and a new waiting room for spa clients. Studio 19 offers a hair salon, manicures and pedicures, electrolysis, waxing, facials, massages, makeup, body wraps and body scrubs. Studio 19 has a retail store offering accessories, hair care and make-up. Open Tuesday through Sunday. Accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover.


Tantra Spa

(at Cavale Tonuzi Salon) 8211 Third Ave. at 82nd Street in Bay Ridge, (718) 748-9880.

Basic facial: $80; basic massage: $80. This location offers an Aveda Lifestyle store, spa and hair salon. Tantra offers a significant facial and massage series of three discount (when pre-purchased). Services include makeup services, facials, waxing, manicure and pedicure, Cool Glide laser hair removal, Aqua body polish, massages and body wraps. Spa is available to rent for private parties. Open Tuesday through Sunday. Accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express. For more information, visit www.cavaletonuzi.com.


Tapestry

107 Montague St. at Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 522-1202.

Basic facial: $70; basic massage: $75. Primarily use Decleor products. Services include facials, massage, waxing, manicures, pedicures, reflexology and a full-service hair salon. Outdoor garden available in season. Open Tuesday through Saturday. Accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express.


Therapy

115 Grand St. at Berry Street in Williamsburg, (718) 486-0370.

Offers hot stone massage, reiki and reflexology. Therapy has a retail store, offering accessories, products for the home, skincare and body care. Open Wednesday through Sunday. Accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express.


The Spa

8806 Third Ave. at 88th Street in Bay Ridge, (718) 921-6100.

Basic massage: $65; basic facial: $75. Primarily uses Matis products. Services include deep tissue, medical and pre-natal massages, as well as relaxation massages, body wraps, scrubs, facials, manicures, pedicures, Aculight laser hair removal and waxing. Open seven days a week. Accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
See story in this issue.

 

Holistic Therapies


Cornerstone Healing

476 Court St. at Fourth Place in Carroll Gardens, (718) 254-4075.

Basic massage: $75. Cornerstone Healing, which opened December 2002, offers acupuncture, massage (including tui na), cupping, herbal remedies, aromatherapy and reflexology. Offers packages for patients who wish to stop smoking or lose weight. Retail store offers Thymes product line and Chinese home furnishings. Open Tuesday through Saturday. Accepts American Express, Visa and MasterCard. For more information, visit www.cornerstonehealing.net.
See story in this issue.


FemSurge Health and Wellness

79 Atlantic Ave. at Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 797-8797

Basic massage: $80. Proprietor Stacey Brosnan, a nurse practitioner, herbalist and certified nurse midwife, offers a wide array of therapies practiced by licensed professionals. Services for "women and the people they love" include one-one-one holistic health counseling, herbal and nutritional remedies, acupuncture, reiki and therapeutic bodywork. Consulting services address the continuum of women's concerns from PMS to menopause. Retail store offers FemSurge Therapeutics herbal tonics, custom blended medicinal teas, nutritional supplements and skin care products. Open Tuesday through Saturday. Accepts MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover.


Opal Center for Massage and Allied Therapies

158 Fifth Ave. at Douglass Street in Park Slope, (718) 857-6183.

Basic 70-minute massage: $75. The center provides Swedish-based massages from licensed massage therapists. Sessions are priced according to length, no matter how many modalities are employed. Carries own line of massage oils, made on premises. Series discounts available. Accepts MasterCard and Visa. Closed Tuesdays. For more information, visit www.opalcenter.com.

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