Spa Report 2002

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Note: 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 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

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 |
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 Express.

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. |
See 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 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,, 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

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) 783-5152.
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 Discover.

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.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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