Health & Beauty Editors' Picks 2016

Fitness Gurus

Hot Vinyasa Instructor

Jodi Hurwitz at Life Time Athletic

1 Westchester Park Dr, Harrison

(914) 290-5100,

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As one of Westchester’s hottest (pun intended) yoga instructors, Jodi Hurwitz knows a thing or two about this ancient practice. Her Hot Vinyasa class at Life Time Athletic is one of the center’s most popular, offering a prime opportunity to find your inner peace through a range of thoughtfully programmed poses and positions in a temperature-controlled, 85–90° room.


CrossFit Coach 

Jaime Kuebler at CrossFit Port Chester 

145 Boston Post Rd, Port Chester

(914) 643-3900;

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CrossFit coaches can run the gamut from in-your-face aggression to out-to-lunch obliviousness. Jaime Kuebler manages to avoid both extremes with his steady, informed, hands-on approach, teaching this new fitness obsession with a keen eye for injury prevention and proper form. 


Hybrid Trainer

Vince Liguori 

(914) 629-5404;

Vince Liguori, who developed his own form of results-driven exercise called RDX, has been quoted in the New York Times and won the MetRX Warrior Workout Video Contest. This all means that the longtime trainer serving Westchester, Putnam, and Southern Connecticut has both the skills and knowledge to bring his clients’ fitness regimens to the next level.

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Hair Blowout

Hott Blow Dry & Beauty Lounge

402 Main St, Armonk
(914) 273-0020

12 Rye Ridge Plz, Rye Brook
(914) 425-5900; 

Having a bad hair day? Book your “hott seat” at either of these swanky blowout salons. Hott’s website makes it super-easy to reserve any of their cheekily named services, such as “Hotter by the Minute Blowdry” and “Hottsy-Totsy” for the under-10 set. It’s only $40 to feel like a million bucks. 

Deep Tissue Massage

Addison Street Spa

9 Addison St, Larchmont

(914) 833-3223;

Hunching over a keyboard leads to achy muscles, but Addison Street Spa’s deep tissue massage is the perfect cure, offering a personalized balance of tough and tender. Relaxing and therapeutic, this massage undoes knots you didn’t know were there. Book your appointment at Larchmont’s best-kept secret before everyone else does. 

Colorist for Blondes

Andres Salgado of Cherylyn Salon

430 Bedford Rd, Armonk
(914) 273-7900;

Forget the boxed dyes, and forget the standard salon color, too. When it comes to your hair, don’t mess around. Instead, book an appointment with Andres Salgado of Cherylyn Salon, whose clients say he works magic on all shades but is particularly artful when it comes to blonde. 

Upmarket Makeup Products

Eiluj a beauty lounge

119 Katonah Ave, Katonah
(914) 232-2227;

You’re in dire need of a new Smashbox liner, and you won’t let anything that’s not NARS touch your lips. (Hey, you’re just not a drugstore-makeup kind of girl.) You could use a good facial, too (they use Natura Bissé luxury skincare line BTW), but you don’t want to trek to the city. No need to make two trips when you can get all your high-end beauty needs satisfied at this popular one-stop shop of a beauty lounge.

Meditation Instructor

George Chen

Yonkers/Bronxville (914) 337-6388;

In-person or via Skype, be guided in the skill of meditation with private sessions tailored to your individual needs. Drawing upon decades of practice, including knowledge of martial arts, religion, and philosophy, Chen has also taught one-on-one sessions for businesses, schools, and even the New York State prison system. 

Day Spa

Oasis Day Spa

25 Stanley Ave, Dobbs Ferry

(914) 409-1900;

The aptly named Oasis Day Spa, a body-and-soul-nourishing retreat, is perennially popular for a reason—actually, many reasons. The spa is known for its ultra-relaxing and therapeutic massages, its sensuous facials and scrubs, its tranquil ambience, and its super-friendly staff. Whether you’re in need of pain relief, pampering, or a little bit of both, you’ll find it here—and you’ll come back again and again. 

Barbering Experience

Gentleman’s Barber Spa

270A Main St, White Plains 

(914) 390-9222;

Barbering is truly a craft at this part-throwback, part-contemporary barbershop featuring warm-foam straight-razor shaves with Art of Shaving products, refurbished 1950s Belmont chairs, and an antique metal-plate ceiling with skylight. Owner and master barber Peter Palushi will layer and shape your hair for a top-notch cut. Prepare for lots of compliments!  

CrossFit Gym

NorthEast CrossFit

271 Main St, Eastchester

(914) 334-9090;

Not all CrossFit gyms are created equal, and NorthEast CrossFit proves it. With an expansive, lofty space packed with an ample amount of weights, bars, and racks, you won’t be fighting for room at this well-stocked facility, known as a “box” by adherents.


Ellen Marie Day Spa

1875 Palmer Ave, Larchmont

(914) 833-7800;

Ellen Marie’s estheticians practice what they preach: All have clear and radiant skin, and you will too after enjoying any one of the customized facial services. Extractions are impeccable and painless. Whether soothing sensitive skin or seeking treatment for a blotchy complexion, you’ll leave refreshed and glowing. 

Laser Hair Removal  

Dare to be Bare 

183 E Hartsdale Ave, Hartsdale 

(914)-437-9797; (914)-346-8900

Clean and comfortable is how you will feel at this spa with a stylish NYC vibe. Friendly technicians put clients at ease, even during the most intimate procedures. They use LightSheer lasers to minimize pain, offer numbing creams for the sensitive, and each customer is treated with their own disposable laser head.

Teen Facials

Skin Westchester  

269 Purchase St, Rye

(914) 213-5724; 

The goal of Angela Iaco’s adolescent-targeted treatment isn’t just to leave teens with clean, clarified skin. She believes that through hands-on lessons and proper education, she can teach them healthy skincare habits, so they can avoid future OMG-I-can’t-go-to-school-because-of-my-zits moments.

Multi-Sport Family-Fitness Facility

Pine Brook Fitness  

130 Rhodes St, New Rochelle

(914) 636-1019; 

There’s an option for everyone in the family at this newly renovated home to The New Rochelle Racquet Club, The Rock Club, and The Studios, a new fitness facility. In addition to lessons, group training, clinics, and classes, Pine Brook Fitness runs vacation and summer rock-climbing and tennis camps for children as young as 3 and offers a cool venue for birthday parties.

Five Workouts to Love

New Workout

MYX Fitness 

1142 Wilmot Rd, Scarsdale

(914) 472-6000;

At MYX, you get the best of a boutique studio (personal attention, complimentary snacks) coupled with the variety of a standard gym. From TRX and barre to boxing, the goal is to keep workouts fresh and fun by strategically alternating them to keep your muscles guessing and your mind motivated.


Non-Gym Workout

Volunteering at Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture

630 Bedford Rd, Pocantico Hills

(914) 366-6200;

Sore muscles? Check. Solid workout? Check. Surrounded by nature, at no cost, doing good work? Bonus check! Stay fit as you learn about the farm system by doing chores such as working in the greenhouse and leading farm tours. The philosophy here is that good food, grown well, can change the world (and maybe even your body).  


Indoor Cycling

Studio 22

145 Kisco Ave, Mount Kisco

(914) 218-8819;

When it comes to long-lasting fitness phenomena, it doesn’t get much bigger than indoor cycling. With what seems like countless cycling chains popping up across the county, Studio 22 outshines the rest, with a 4,000-square-foot space featuring a state-of-the-art cycling room and host of haute amenities.


Yoga Experience

Salty Yoga Classes at Breathe Salt Rooms

50 Livingstone Ave, 4th Fl
Dobbs Ferry (914) 591-2600
200 Katonah Ave, 2nd Flr, Katonah

(914) 232-5600;

Sign up for a Salty Yoga class to get the benefits of both yoga and a salt room—the latest beauty and health trend. Natural salt has many benefits, including cleansing, detoxifying the body, and improving the appearance of your skin. And with Breathe Salt Rooms, you have two locations—one below and one above I-287—to choose from. 


Mommy and Me Workout

Baby + Mom Fit MYX Fitness  

1142 Wilmot Rd, Scarsdale

(914) 525-2741;

Meet other moms, get back into shape, and get in some serious baby bonding with a whole-body training routine led by instructor Norma LaVecchia, who is trained in prenatal and postnatal fitness. Isolation and compound movement, cardio exercise without jumping or mat work, dumbbells and kettle bells, and lunges and squats are all done with a “weighted vest”—that is, your baby in a baby carrier. A typical one-hour class has five to six moms (limit of 10) and the first class is free. 



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