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For a luxurious spa experience follow the gilded railings to the entrance of Fort Greene’s Cynergy Spa. This little sister of Harlem’s Cynergy Spa was opened in 2003, but there’s nothing small or diminutive about the Brooklyn location.

Owner Cynthia Grace says customers from as close as downtown Manhattan and from as far as Long Island are making pilgrimages to Cynergy.

"Fort Greene is an artistic sort of place, it has a little bit of a bohemian feel," said Grace. "Practitioners in the community work here, too, and they bring an earthy, spiritual sort of feel. They have great hands and great energy.

"Our staff is multicultural: European, Asian, Latino, African-American, South American - it’s like a little United Nations."

In April, Tendrils Hair Spa, which owner Diane Bailey bills as a "wellness salon for hair," will open in Cynergy’s basement. Bailey’s hair salon burned down last year after 16 years on Vanderbilt Avenue between Myrtle and Willoughby. She brings 30 years of experience toiling over the heads of Brooklynites to this hair spa, where, in addition to manipulating hair through twisting, natural cuts and braiding, she said she’ll be "focusing on treatments - scalp treatments, aromatherapy, a lot of steam treatments, shampoo massaging and herbal treatments."

But don’t look to Bailey’s hair spa for chemical treatments - it’s all-natural. Tendrils will use products by Carol’s Daughter, Afro Diva Collection and Eternal Bliss, a line by Bedford-Stuyvesant resident Eddie Simpson.

"Cynthia and I are providing very similar services for the same person," said Bailey. "She’s doing one part of the body, and I’m doing the other part."

Among Cynergy’s architectural highlights are two floors of spacious treatment rooms - some large enough to accommodate couples or friends for side-by-side services; a Jacuzzi; a sauna; and a large, elegant second-floor lounge with cafe tables and chairs, animal print decorative accents and branches for curtain rods.

"I tried to bring a little of the outside, inside," Grace explained of her efforts to bring nature’s elegance to her urban oasis. She has even managed to capture sunshine (with a skylight), and that other precious commodity, square footage.

"I wanted to keep the rooms as large as I could. [City dwellers] have gotten so used to cramped, small spaces," she explained.

Queens artist Ingrid Van Shipley created a mural alongside the staircase and left other evidence of her Midas touch throughout.

Whether the Cynergy client prefers a room with a fireplace flickering with candlelight or a room with exposed brick walls aglow with natural light, this spa offers both a variety of treatments and settings.

"We know a lot about skincare for African-Americans; they have unique needs," said Grace. "There aren’t a lot of folks in the field with that focus. But we provide services for everyone’s needs."

Cynergy’s menu offers facials, microdermabrasion, massages, manicures, pedicures, body treatments and waxing. And Grace says she’s pretty handy with the makeup brushes, too, for women who’d like a dramatic transformation for that big night out.

Nature’s bounty is also employed in Cynergy’s treatments.

"We hand-make our scrubs using avocado, honey and mango, a lot of fresh fruits, especially in the summer," said Grace. "I love avocado. We use it in a mask and body scrub. It’s delicious, moisturizing, conditioning and it smells great. The scrubs are made per use. We tailor what we do to what the clients like and need."

But Cynergy doesn’t stop at the shoreline in its search for healing treatments.

They use a packetful of France’s sea salt for a "sea bath," and, said Grace, "I have the best seaweed you can get from Phytomer, which means ’plant of the sea.’ It produces very intense treatments and the wrap takes a little over an hour."

But the rewards are more than skin deep, says this clinical psychologist, "You go in, in a funky mood and you come out, feeling much better."


See the Spa Directory for more information about Cynergy Spa.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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