Spa Report 2002 • Brooklyn Paper

Spa Report 2002

There is an updated Brooklyn
Spa Guide for 2006

Inside the ancient Indian–themed Tantra spa, featuring rain showers, Aveda products and treatments for couples, this spa looks as decadent as are the treatments it offers. By Lisa J. Curtis

Lifestyles for Body & Soul on Atlantic Avenue asks, “Got Milk?” Offering innovative treatments like a chocolate milk pedicure, this spa defies convention in Brooklyn Heights. By Laura Coleman

What’s a man to do when he’s at the spa? Swedish massage, eyebrow trim, lowlights, facial and more. By Vince DiMiceli

Everything old is new again. Customized body treatments at The Spa in Bay Ridge mix it up like the Romans did with rose petals, grapes and all things natural. By Lisa J. Curtis

Pilo Arts Day Spa & Salon is renovated and ready to give you a makeover from head to toe. Find out which of their spa treatments will overhaul your mood, too. By Lisa J. Curtis

A spa will open at the end of March — in Williamsburg! Find out why Therapy’s partners think it will work. By Lisa J. Curtis

Spa Protocol


This is an up-to-the-minute listing
of our borough’s spas including the vitals. Unless otherwise
noted, a basic facial and basic massage are one-hour treatments.

Area Treatment Center/Emporium

252 Smith St. bet. Douglass
and DeGraw streets in Carroll Gardens, (718) 522-1906.

Basic facial: $95; basic massage: $90. Products used include
Dr. Hauschka, CA Botana, Skinceuticals and Weleda, among others.
Accepts MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover. The
Area Emporium retail store is located on the opposite side of
the street. Open seven days a week. For more information go to

Creative Hair and Spa

326 Ninth St. bet. Fifth and
Sixth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 788-8796.

Basic facial: $50; Basic massage: $50. Open since 1985. Offers
precision in hair care, skin care, nail sculpting and massage
treatments. Now they are offering new products and expanded services
such as Lifetex deconditioning steamer, which rejuvenates the
scalp and hair of all types. Their creative staff will cater
to all your beauty needs to revitalize your total appearance
and to make you feel better than ever. Accepts American Express,
MasterCard, Visa and Discover.

Home Spa

300 Court St. bet. Douglass
and DeGraw streets in Carroll Gardens, (718) 596-8668.

Basic facial: $75; basic 75-minute massage: $75. Home Spa uses
Dermalogica products. Four treatment rooms. Offer facials, massages,
waxing, scrubs and wraps. Series discounts. Services for kids
and teens. Open seven days a week. Accepts Visa, MasterCard and
American Express. For more information go to www.homespa.com.
Recently opened Blissful Botanicals, 85 Bergen St. at Smith Street,
(718) 596-7094, a retail store featuring Home Spa’s own line
of products.

Il Camelion Salon and Day Spa

326 Seventh Ave. bet. Eighth
and Ninth streets in Park Slope, (718) 788-1700.

Basic facial: $85; basic massage: $80. Uses Aveda products and
offers massage therapy, facials, body treatment and waxing, makeup
services, manicures and pedicures. Closed on Mondays. Accepts
MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express and travelers checks.
For more information about their products go to www.aveda.com.

Irene Dinov

119 Montague St. bet. Hicks
and Henry streets in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 855-5900.

Basic massage: $65; basic facial: $65. Hair and spa services.
Open seven days a week. Offer tanning, hair, electrolysis, skin
care, facials, massage, waxing, manicures and pedicures. Accepts
American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.

New, additional location: 78 Clark St. bet. Henry and Hicks streets
in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 522-6291. Basic massage: $65; basic
facial: $65. While upstairs there is a full-service hair salon
including manicures and pedicures, downstairs Irene Dinov offers
microdermabrasion, customized facials, milk peeling, massage,
reflexology, acupuncture, waxing, electrolysis, body treatments
(with some including the Aveda Pure-fume steambath). 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: $60; basic massage: $65. This full-service hair
salon and spa offers packages and a wide array of treatments
including manicures, pedicures, facials, glycolic peel, fruit
peel, make-up application, waxing, tanning, variety of massage
(including pre-natal), body wraps and more. Lifestyles uses Bioelements
products. Open seven days. Accepts MasterCard, Visa and American
Express. | See article in this issue.

Oksana’s Beauty Salon/Spa

7720 Fifth Ave. bet. 77th and
78th streets in Bay Ridge, (718) 748-7777.

Basic facial: $40; basic massage $55. The full-service salon
and spa offers manicures and pedicures, facials and massages.
Open seven days a week. Accepts American Express, Visa, MasterCard
and Discover.

Pilo Arts Day Spa & Salon

8412 Third Ave. in Bay Ridge,
(718) 748-7411.

Basic facial: $48; basic massage: $60. Hair salon offering manicures,
pedicures, makeup, light concept nails, highlighting/coloring
services and precision haircuts. The spa offers facials, waxing,
wraps, scrubs and electrolysis. Outdoor garden available in season.
Gift certificates available. Closed Mondays. Accepts Visa and
MasterCard. For more information go to www.piloarts.com.
See article
in this issue

Providence Day Spa

53 Wyckoff St. bet. Court and
Smith streets in Boerum Hill, (718) 596-6774.

Basic massage: $80; basic facial (without extractions): $85.
Accepts MasterCard, Visa and American Express.


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

Basic facial (without extractions): $40; basic massage: $40.
Accepts MasterCard and Visa.

Shibumi (at Eastern Athletic Club)

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

Basic facial: $60; basic massage $78. Use Decleor products. Patrons
do not have to be members of Eastern Athletic, but can use some
of the club’s facilities. Series discounts available. Offer facials,
massage, wraps and waxing. Brooklyn Heights location is closed
Sundays. The Marriott location offers massage only. Accepts American
Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

Slope Cutters

157 Seventh Ave. at Garfield
Place in Park Slope, (718) 638-4996.

Basic facial: $65; basic massage: $50. Slope Cutters offers everything
under the sun, from haircuts and colorings, to waxes, manicures
and pedicures, facials, electrolysis, and body treatments. Hydrating
facials, fruit acid peels and deep pore cleansing are only a
few of the special facial treatments administered by their licensed
aestheticians. Full body exfoliation and self-tanning will make
your entire body feel rejuvenated. The cost of services ranges
from under $10 for certain waxes and nail repair, to $75 for
a full-body exfoliation. Open seven days. Cash or checks only.

Studio 19 Salon and Spa

1610 E. 19th St. bet. Kings
Highway and Avenue P in Midwood, (718) 336-7373.

Basic facial: $60; basic massage: $65. Primarily use Decleor
and Sothys products. Closed Mondays. 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 and makeup. Accepts Visa
and MasterCard.

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
series discount. Services include makeup, facials, waxing, manicure
and pedicure, Zoom! Tooth Whitening, Light Sheer laser hair removal
and body treatments including polishes with Pure-fume steam bath,
massages and wraps. Accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
See article
in this issue


107 Montague St. bet. Hicks
and Henry streets in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 522-1202.

Basic facial: $67.50; basic massage: $70. Closed Sundays and
Mondays. Primarily use Decleor products. Services include facials,
massage, waxing, manicures, pedicures and hair salon. Outdoor
garden available in season. Accepts Visa, MasterCard and American


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

This new spa will open for business at the end of March and will
feature wraps and scrubs, facials, waxing, massage, reiki and
reflexology. Therapy will also offer manicures and pedicures
(without polish). Therapy has a retail store, which is now open,
selling products for the home, hair and body. |
See article in this issue.

The Spa

8806 Third Ave. bet. 88th and
89th streets in Bay Ridge, (718) 921-6100.

Basic massage: $65; basic facial: $75. Primarily use 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. |
article in this issue


Holistic Therapies

Brooklyn Comprehensive Acupuncture Service

Dr. Lei Yang, 852 67th St. in Bay Ridge, 2216 Kimball
Street in Marine Park, (718) 630-1200.

Offering treatments for aches and pains, quitting smoking or
losing weight among other things. His office also offers facials
performed by his wife, Joanna Mak, a New York State-licensed
cosmetologist. Some of the facials offered also feature acupuncture
performed by Dr. Yang. Facials range in price from $25-$75. Call
for details. For more information, go to www.acupherb.com.
Accepts MasterCard, Visa and American Express. |
See article in this issue.

Element Natural Healing Arts

258 Henry St. between Joralemon
and State streets in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 855-4850.

Element Natural Healing Arts was established to provide care
for those seeking to improve their health and well being using
natural therapies and treatments. Each treatment session is tailored
to suit the needs of the individual patient. Services include
acupuncture, herbology, massage, facial rejuvenation, nutritional
counseling and more. Element uses these therapies to treat stress,
pain, addictions, gynecological, respiratory, gastrointestinal,
uro-genital, skin disorders, circulatory auto-immune, emotional,
psychological disorders and more. Cash or checks only (credit
cards soon).

Krista Essler

By appointment only. (646) 387-6800.

A consultation with licensed acupuncturist Krista Essler will
establish skin and body type, patient goals and a recommended
course of treatment. Treatments include acupuncture, homeopathy,
aromatherapy, application of herbal creams and essential oils
and more. In addition, Essler will discuss and recommend individualized
exercise plans and lifestyle changes, including dietary recommendations
and home beauty regimens. All natural hair, skin and mouth care
products are available for purchase through the Web site, www.7lotusspa.com, as well
as weight loss, detoxification and aromatherapy products. Call
for an appointment. Cash only.

Opal Center for Massage and Allied Therapies

58 Fifth Ave. bet. Douglass
and DeGraw streets in Park Slope, (718) 857-6183.

Basic 70-minute massage: $75. Closed Tuesdays. The center provides
Swedish-based massages from licensed massage therapists-owners
Sherry Dietchman and Sarah Falkner. Sessions are priced according
to length, no matter how many modalities are employed. Series
discounts available. Accepts MasterCard and Visa. For more information
go to www.opalcenter.com.

Therapeutic Massage

150 Remsen St. at Clinton Street
in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 422-0338.

Basic massage: $75. Massage Therapy, which may be just what the
doctor forgot to order, has been proven to lower blood pressure,
increase circulation and reduce chronic pain and stress. Bernadette
Hutchings, a licensed massage therapist, specializes in prenatal
massage and migraines. Other services include general relaxation
massage, shiatsu, injury treatment, deep tissue massage, myofacial
and connective tissue release and advanced neck, shoulder and
low-back massage techniques. Private yoga lessons are also available
for $75 each. Open seven days. Cash only.



Eastern Athletic Clubs

Brooklyn Heights: 43 Clark St.
between Hicks and Henry Streets, (718) 625-0500; Metrotech: 333
Adams St. in the Brooklyn Marriott hotel, (718) 330-0007; Prospect
Park: 17 Eastern Parkway near Grand Army Plaza, (718) 789-4600.

All three locations have swimming pools (the largest, at the
Prospect Park club, is 75 feet long), strength and cardiovascular
machines, free weights and aerobics classes. The Brooklyn Heights
location also has a basketball court, indoor track, squash and
racquetball courts, a children’s playroom, and a spa.

Longevity Total Fitness Service

By appointment only. (718) 974-6821.

Marc Todd, a personal fitness trainer makes the most of your
time by working one on one with you in your own home. Whether
your goal is to lose body fat, enhance muscle tone, increase
strength, improve cardiovascular endurance, boost energy, improve
posture or simply to look and feel great; the results you want
may be just sessions away. Todd’s unique, comprehensive approach
to fitness includes cardio workouts, cross training, strength
training, facilitated stretching, pilates and licensed massage
therapy and more. Group body sculpting and aerobics classes are
also available. Cash only.

Park Slope Sports Club

330 Flatbush Ave. at Sterling Place in Park Slope, (718)

One of the area’s newest clubs with the very latest in cardiovascular
equipment, an extensive array of free weights and circuit training
is now open seven days a week. The spacious club also offers
group exercise programs, including aero-step, hip-hop dance aerobics,
interval training, kickboxing, total body, yoga and more. The
convenient Kid’s Care Program allows kids to have fun while their
parents are exercising. Yearly or month-to-month memberships
are available. Accepts American Express, MasterCard, Visa and

The Slope Health and Fitness Center

808 Union St. at Seventh Avenue
in Park Slope, (718) 783-4343.

Come get healthy at this new health and fitness facility. It
offers the latest equipment and classes designed to get the most
out of your workout, and instructors can personalize programs
for you no matter what your goals are: losing weight, getting
toned or just wanting to look and feel better. Yearly or month-to-month
memberships are available. Accepts American Express, MasterCard,
Visa and Discover.


Hair Salons

Le Chandelier

264 Fifth Ave. at Garfield Place
in Park Slope, (718) 783-2457.

Tara Cross, one of Fifth Avenue’s salon "pioneers"
has been satisfying her customers for years with reasonably priced
haircuts, colorings, waves and more. At Le Chandelier, a roomy
and artsy salon, a kid’s haircut costs $18; men and women’s haircuts
cost $28; coloring costs $45 and up; highlights, $65 and up;
and permanent waves, $65. Le Chandelier also offers $5 beard
trims, and braids, styling and up-dos for special occasions.
Appointments are preferable but feel free to walk-in. Cash only.

Rapunzel Rapunzel

158 Fifth Ave. bet. St. Johns
Place and Lincoln Place in Park Slope, (718) 857-2855.

One of the first salons on Fifth Avenue, this color and cut salon
offers designer haircuts, barber cuts and kids cuts, as well
as color applications, highlights, organic vegetable tints and
eyebrow and lip waxings. Rapunzel Rapunzel will also do hair
and makeup for special occasions such as weddings and proms.
(House calls for weddings can be made when time permits.) Prices
will vary depending upon the level of corrective work, but haircuts
generally range from $10 to $45, and color services range from
$45 to $120. The salon also offers a line of organic hair products
and L’anza products, ranging from $9 to $15. Closed Mondays.
Accepts American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.

Vespa Salon

449 Seventh Ave. at 15th Street
in Park Slope, (718) 965-2340.

This brand-new salon provides the basics at reasonable prices.
Cuts, styling and coloring is available for women, men and children.
Simple cuts range from $14 to $20, and cuts with styling for
women generally cost between $25 and $40. The cost of hair coloring
also varies, ranging from $60 to $110. Vespa Salon offers a line
of Paul Mitchell hair products. Appointments are preferable,
but feel free to walk-in. Cash only.

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