15 Sound Shore Health & Beauty Spots

Feeling, looking, and living well along the Sound Shore.

Fitness Centers

CLAY Health Club + Spa

On one hand, CLAY Health Club + Spa is like most other gyms, offering personal training, group fitness classes, and nutritional counseling. It goes up a step, however, with its additional offerings like dedicated studios for spin, yoga, and Pilates (three reformers with towers, a Cadillac, and a chair). But what makes it like no other gym or health club is the fireside and rooftop lounges, café, and spa, which offer a full complement of facials and massages along with Reiki and acupuncture. Then there’s childcare available, as well as pre- and post-natal services. And best yet is its exclusivity, with a capped membership ($500 with monthly fees of $180, or $1,980 annually if paid in full).

11 Riverdale Ave, Port Chester
(914) 937-5000 www.insideclay.com

CrossFit Port Chester

You can rest assured that you’ll be in good hands at CrossFit Port Chester. Just look at its owner, Kaleena Ladeairous, who not only competed in the 2013 CrossFit Games, but finished 19th overall and brought home first-place finishes in three individual events. Actually, scratch the rest assured part—you’ll have little time to rest between WODs (workouts of the day) that’ll have you pushing, pulling, lifting, running—and everything in between—to the best shape of your life. Because for the staff at CrossFit Port Chester, it’s not just about looking good in the mirror, it’s about being healthy both physically and mentally. 

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145 South Main St, Port Chester 
(646) 379-0504; www.crossfitportchester.com

Fiore Pilates

This light-filled, wood-floored studio provides a homey environment for you to work that core. Fiore offers private, one-on-one sessions with instructors using top-of-the-line equipment (reformer, Cadillac, wunda chair, electric chair, large barrel, spine corrector, and pedipull) all manufactured by Gratz, a company that dedicates itself to preserving the original designs of Joseph Pilates himself. Or opt for group mat classes, which are limited to eight people, and utilize foam rollers, TheraBands, magic circles, balls, weights, and mat routines. 

132 W Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck
​(914) 381-3201; www.fiorepilatesonline.com

Healthy Fit

Billed as “the healthy club for women,” Healthy Fit is a full-service, comprehensive fitness and weight-loss gym, offering everything from personal training to nutritional consultations. Members (who pay between $49 to $79 a month depending on membership) can be teamed up with a certified personal trainer who will lead them through a customized exercise program (after a thorough fitness assessment, along with a lifestyle and goals analysis). Workout programs are periodically updated following free re-evaluations. There’s also yoga, Zumba, Pilates, and unlimited studio cycling. 

1000 E Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck
(914) 670-0600; www.myhealthyfit.com

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The Rock Club

There’s a reason climbers look as chiseled as the boulders they summit: It’s a hard sport. Rock climbing promotes strength, flexibility, balance, and control as a balanced, low-impact exercise, not to mention developing your core strength as you move up the face of the wall. And there’s no better place to get started than The Rock Club, which offers intro courses to help you master the basics. Once you get the hang of things, you can climb solo during social meetup nights, or even join the club’s Adult Climbing League. 

130 Rhodes St, New Rochelle
(914) 633-7625 www.climbrockclub.com


The Rye YMCA is like one-stop-shopping for working out. They have many workout options: a six-lane Brookside pool to swim laps (which utilizes UV technology to reduce chlorine); a four-lane pool that offers about 20 aqua classes per week; a fitness center (where new members get a free fitness assessment); a group fitness studio offering nearly 70 workout classes a week; a full-sized basketball court with open gym times; a racquetball court; a free-style fitness zone equipped with ropes, TRX, and kettlebells; and a spin studio offering 30 classes per week. And, luckily, membership is available to non-residents as well. 

21 Locust Ave, Rye
(914) 967-6363; www.ryeymca.org

Studio 14

This 5,000-square-foot indoor cycling and yoga center bills itself as a “hybrid fitness studio,” combining the principles of cycling, yoga, and boot-camp training. You can opt for a cycle session, or a yoga class—which range from Foundations 101 to Power Vinyasa—or combine the two in a hybrid cycle/yoga class, which splits an hour between bike and mat. There are also rides that incorporate high-energy music and video and Matrix Boot Camp sessions. Making it all even better: Classes are offered from 5:30 am to 8 pm, so good luck finding an excuse not to fit a workout into your schedule. 

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14 Waterfront Pl, Port Chester
(914) 690-1414 www.thestudio14.com


Beauty Bar & Salon

Stacy Palladino Sakellariou’s salon offers cuts, color, and makeup, but the highlight of this bright and cheery spot is the blowout bar that is, quite literally, a bar with headphone jacks, phone chargers, and free WiFi overlooking two flat-screen televisions. Coffee and cappuccino is served all day, with wine in the evenings and Mimosas on weekends. 

8 Bowman Ave, Port Chester 
(914) 939-7800; www.beautybarandsalon.com

Port Chester’s Beauty Bar & Salon


This beauty biz is not just a place to pick up your favorite foundation or lip gloss, but a place to be renewed, courtesy of master masseuse Kami Ritt. Having worked with a chiropractor for years, Ritt knows her way around knotted muscles, and considers it her calling to unkink and knead them into submission. We happily surrender.

61 Purchase St, Rye
(914) 921-1600; www.bluemercury.com

Numi and Company

Not only do Numi owners Gabriel Abrams and Nuriel Abramov work magic on hair, they’ll perform their magic whenever you need it. Got to make a plane in the morning and want to look good when you land? They’ll be there at 6 am to help you out. And you will look good when you land. The Rye salon is the duo’s second location; the original is still hopping in Scarsdale.

99 Purchase St, Rye (914) 921-6864 
69 Harney Rd, Scarsdale (914) 574-6402

Pink on Palmer

Shopping at Pink on Palmer is like talking to that friend with the flawless skin and great makeup—the one who’s tried every product out there and can tell you what to skip and what to start using right away. Owner Judy Graham fills her crisp, white shelves with products by Kiehl’s, Bliss, Mario Badescu, Darphin, and T. LeClerc, plus sweet-smelling perfumes, candles, and soaps. Graham knows her products and has chosen her stock well, so chances are anything you pick up here will be an essential addition to your makeup bag.

1907 Palmer Ave, Larchmont
​(914) 833-8955 www.pinkonpalmer.com

Skin N.Y. Westchester

We can’t say enough good things about Julie Pipolo and her magic touch with, ahem, mature skin. She always offers the latest products and techniques (an herbal Thai poultice contour lift, anyone?) and enlists top pros to get the best results when a little more intervention is called for.

269 Purchase St, Rye
(914) 213-5724; www.skin-nywestchester.com

Wellness Services

Euro Laser Services, Inc.

Adam Messenger, MD, Euro Laser founder, developed his own injection technique, the Vertical Volume technique, that he says achieves non-surgical results with little downtime or bruising. A recent renovation of the Best of Westchester-winning facility doubled the size of the space, allowing for more treatments to be offered; look for facials, laser hair removal, massages, peels, and other treatments. A popular option is the collagen infusion treatment, which repairs damaged skin cells and stimulates cellular turnover.

20 Purdy Ave, Ste #1, Rye
(914) 921-3265; www.eurolaserservices.com 

Wainwright House 

The exterior of the Wainwright House is impressive enough: It’s a re-creation of a 17th-century French château on five acres of landscaped grounds overlooking Milton Harbor on Long Island Sound. Inside is a holistic center offering classes for spiritual well-being, the arts, and health and wellness. Past classes have covered everything from yoga and tai chi to astrology and shamanism. Guest speakers often visit the center for one-day-only events, and one-off special events supplement the class schedule. Its intensive Yoga Training Academy is popular with people who are looking to become yoga teachers.

260 Stuyvesant Ave, Rye
(914) 967-6080; www.wainwright.org

Walk-In Medical Facility 

WESTMED Medical Group Urgent Care Center 

Open seven days a week, WESTMED Medical Group’s Urgent Care Centers (there are a total of four in the county)treat non-life-threatening, urgent medical issues with the diagnostic capabilities of a hospital, the group says. The Rye center is located on the first floor of the group’s modern, 65,000-square-foot medical office in the city (also one of several in the county). Walk-ins are welcome during regular hours: Mon through Fri, 8 am to 9 pm; Sat and Sun, 9 am to 5 pm.  

1 Theall Rd, Rye
(914) 848-8000; www.westmedgroup.com/urgent_care.aspx 

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