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Best of Westchester: Health & Beauty in 2022

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Want to get glowing and feel your best? Look to these Best of Westchester health and beauty winners for expert services and treatments.

Assisted Stretching Workout

Stretch*d

Rye Brook; stretchdspace.com

If you’re a workout monster, couch potato, or anything in between, the sessions at these stretching-boutique locations (two in Manhattan) optimize the body for performance and recovery and are a way to de-stress. Trainers are thoughtful in their explanations of the stretching and gentle in the techniques that increase flexibility and mobility and ease any post-workout soreness.

woman stretching

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New Day Spa

European Luxury Day Spa

White Plains; europeanluxurydayspa.com

This serene day spa delivers standard treatments, like deep-cleansing facials and Swedish massages, but also ups the ante with such unique services as the Luxury Chocolate Body Indulgence and the bamboo massage therapy, all in a tranquil location with knowledgeable, pleasant staff (trained in luxury skincare brand ELEMIS).

New Yoga Studio

Yoga Love NY

Irvington; yogaloveny.com

Ohm on the Hudson at this popular, new Rivertown studio. Owners and instructors Shannon McGee and Nancy Puleo opened the attractive industrial space, with exposed brick and plenty of natural light, to offer classes that combine movement, breath, music, and energy. Their approach: “a fun, sweaty feel to an authentic and technical class, where not only do you get more fit, but you also have the opportunity to grow, with strong alignment cues, upbeat music, and dynamic sequencing.”

Salon for Beach Wave Hair Style

Reveal Hair Studio

Rye; revealhairstudiorye.com

While owner Cynthia Petfield provides the gamut of services in her trendy, full-service salon (cut, color, and style), our favorite offering is her signature beach waves. After a standard blowout, Petfield uses a curling iron to carefully mold freshly styled tresses into perfect waves, for a bouncy, sexy ’do that will have you feeling runway ready.

Wellness Spa

Salt + Sweat

Rye Brook; saltandsweat.com

The name of this wellness spa is a clear indication of what to expect here: a service menu that includes infrared saunas, infrared wraps, and salt treatments. The perfect spot to hit if you want a quick tune-up or a complete wellness package. Also offered are red light therapy and body-sculpting services, like Cryoskin and Emsculpt, among others. They all combine to define the biz’s slogan, “Renew. Recover. Repeat.”

Micro Spa

Botanic Face & Body

Tarrytown; botanicfacebody.com

Before debuting this top-notch micro-spa in the Rivertowns, owner Theresa Naman garnered a local following for her specialization in treating sensitive skin (using plant-based products) and focus on an individual’s needs. At her new venture, she provides luxurious offerings, such as an ultrasonic exfoliation, diamond hydrodermabrasion, microcurrent, oxygen infusion, nano infusion, and LED light therapy. For an indulgent treat, experience The Classic Couture, a 75-minute customized facial (with a luxe hand/ arm massage).

Inclusive Skincare Line

Apollo & Artemis by Equality

Mamaroneck; apolloandartemisbeauty.com

For local beauty buffs, Mamaroneck-based e-commerce brand Apollo & Artemis is a go-to. Founder Laura Lee Botsacos created the high-end line to appeal to all types of skincare at a reasonable price. The collection includes a lightweight face serum, facial mist (packed with peptides, to reduce signs of aging), moisturizing eye cream, and antioxidant-rich vitamin C serum. Nontoxic, paraben-, cruelty-, and phthalates-free, the products are created with biotechnology and feature formulas that include fresh fruits and vegetables, intended to cultivate that dewy glow.

Holistic Healing

Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary

Bronxville; bronxvillewellness.com

Visit this little holistic getaway with all the treatments needed to reset you to your calmer, cooler self: massage, energy healing, meditation, yoga, facials, and even life coaching. Owner Stephanie Filardi opened Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary’s doors in 2011 with partner Peter Locovello, creating an escape that is also committed to the environment, with products that are green, organic, paraben-free, and never tested on animals.

Small-Group Personal Training

Fused Fitness

Peekskill; fusedfit.com

The goal of small-group personal training is to expand the gym’s impact inside and outside the session, working closely with more people. These classes are Fused Fitness’ affordable approach ($350–$400/month for 8–12 sessions/month) to personal training, with a setting that is intimate and customizable for each person in the session (for groups of no more than five), so you feel comfortable and motivated.

women working out

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EDG Cycle & Strength Class

Life Time Chappaqua*
Chappaqua;
lifetime.life/life-time-locations/ny-chappaqua.html

Get your blood pumping with this high-energy, music-driven cycling class at Chappaqua’s state-of-the-art athletic resort. The class moves participants through different levels of power and intensity to train the cardiorespiratory system. After class, take a dip in the pool, book a custom massage at LifeSpa, and/or grab a smoothie at LifeCafe — conveniently located under one roof.

cycling

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Waxing Tech

Danielle Macri of Wax Away

Yonkers; 914.403.3943

Earning her stripes at European Wax Center and utilizing hard wax (which devotees say hurts less and lasts longer), Danielle Macri tends to unwanted hair issues in the privacy and serenity of a petite spa (with its own entrance) beside her residence. She has a knack for putting clients at ease instantly (“Hi, Love!”), and they stride out feeling happy, hairless, confident, and cared for.

Hand Soaps

Buff City Soap

Rye Brook;
buffcitysoap.com

Pamper the skin you’re in with an all-natural, affordable luxury like this new shop’s plant- based hand soap (about $7 each). Minus the harsh chemicals, detergents, and animal fats found in most commercial products, each is handcrafted on-site in an open-to-view “Makery” (think “bakery”). Featuring such sumptuous scents as raspberry vanilla, with fun names, like Fruit Loopy, they’ll transform washing up to an indulgent pleasure.

Anti-aging Facial

Oasis Day Spa

Dobbs Ferry;
oasisdayspanyc.com/oasis-westchester

Inch back the hands of time — even on your first visit — at this chic Rivertown spa, where an extensive menu of rejuvenating, brightening, tightening, and lifting anti-aging facials run the gamut, from pro-collagen treatments and glycolic peels to state-of-the-art technologies (microcurrent, galvanic, light therapy, oxygen infusion, and ultrasonic) that transform the skin to new levels of radiance and beauty.

*YES, WE KNOW IT’S A CHAIN BUT…

Rooftop Massage

Oasis Day Spa

Dobbs Ferry;
oasisdayspanyc.com/oasis-westchester

Fresh air and gentle breezes caress body and soul during a rub in a private cabana on the rooftop (weather permitting) of this full-service day spa. An experience like no other for a touch of rejuvenating me time, there’s also space for a side-by-side Swedish with an S.O. Be sure to savor a stolen moment of serenity in the sky-topped garden setting.

Karen Young is a health and beauty winner in 2022

By Julia Julati/ Courtesy of Karen Young Yoga

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