“People tell us that they consider a visit to Tranquility Spa a short-term vacation,” says Stephanie Hershkowitz, General Manager of the multi-level, 21-room facility. “For over 25 years, Tranquility Spa, located since 2004 in Scarsdale, has been a destination location in Westchester for a calming, life-enhancing experience, an ideal place for guests to relax their bodies, focus their minds, and get away from the stresses of daily life.”
While “relaxation” is the state of mind most immediately conjured up by the word “spa,” treatments such as massage are thought to have many other benefits as well. Some people believe that such treatments produce feelings of caring, comfort and connection. Studies have indicated that massage can be effective in the reduction of stress, pain and muscle tension. Some consider massage a meaningful tool to help with their mental, emotional and physical well-being. And while such treatments are never to be considered a replacement for regular medical care, and research on this remains ongoing, some studies have found that massage may also be helpful for relieving anxiety, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, headaches, stress-related insomnia, myofascial pain syndrome, soft tissue strains /injuries, sports injuries, temporomandibular joint pain and other conditions. At Tranquility, Fertility Massage, used with several women who were having trouble conceiving, is believed to have assisted in the achievement of pregnancy for a number of them.
“Massage” is the common, inclusive term for a variety of ways to press, rub and manipulate one’s skin, muscles, ligaments and tendons, ranging from light stroking to deep pressure. There are many different types of massage, with a wide variety offered by Tranquility, including the classic Swedish, plus Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Sports, Reflexology (foot massage), Pregnancy, Aromatherapy and Soothing Stone Therapy. Other services offered by Tranquility include Waxing, a wide array of Spa Facial Treatments, Body Treatments, Dermaplaning, Microabrasion, and Laser Skin Therapy, Photodamage Therapy, Vascular Vein Therapy and Hair Removal. On the “fun side” there are ‘Massages for Two” that couples may enjoy together, and spa parties for groups and celebrations of all manner and sizes, including Day-Of-Pamper, Bride-To-Be, Sweet 16, Mommy-To-Be, Make-His-Day (for men) and custom events.
“There are numerous benefits offered by the large size of Tranquility Spa,” explains Hershkowitz, “and the size and level of expertise of our staff. Much of the staff has been here 15 years or more, so there is a high degree of comfort arising from their relationships with our clients, who speak of Tranquility as a ‘home away from home.’ Every massage and facial is given from a warm, ‘caring place’ that far transcends the common kind of session. And, because we have so many rooms, we can usually accommodate virtually any appointment request, and often even last minute appointments and walk-ins, when clients have something bothering them and an immediate need.”
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Skin care is another major component of what Tranquility offers its clients, beginning with a general European spa facial, to maintain the cleanliness of one’s pores and experience the exhilarating feeling of exfoliation. Teen facials, designed for children with acne issues, can help youngsters boost their self-esteem, feel less awkward among their peers, and help reduce long-term scarring. Offered procedures include Dermaplaning to help manage fine lines, Microdermabrasian, which additionally helps to lighten spots, and Hydrafacial, using vortex suction, for clients who are sensitive to manual extraction and enjoy infusion of their skin with moisture, especially during the dry winter season.
“But now,” continues Hershkowitz, “in addition to Tranquility’s legacy massage, facial and skin care offerings, we are excited to have introduced Laser Treatments by Cutera. Considered the highest state of the art in skin care, these allow for treatments and outcomes not possible with any manual procedure.”
Laser Genesis Skin Therapy remolds the collagen underneath the skin and helps plump it from the inside, providing enhanced texture, tone, pore minimization and ultimate management of fine lines and acne. Limelight Photodamage Therapy is ideal for addressing sun damage, and, while some call it a “photo facial,” it can be used on any part of the body, including for removal of dark spots on the décolletage area and hands, among the most obviously-visible signifiers of age. Vascular Vein Therapy helps eliminate spider veins in areas such as the nose, ankles and legs, while Laser Hair Removal is by far the most effective approach to this need.
“But, ultimately,” says Hershkowitz, “at Tranquility, it’s not only about the variety and quality of the services and products. From the moment you walk through the door here, you immediately experience what I call ‘relaxed energy,’ a certain kind of feeling. People describe it as welcoming, warm, comforting, completely devoid of judgment and self-consciousness. The whole environment feels like a family, and that energy carries through the entire space.”
Tranquility Spa is located at 917 Central Park Avenue and is open 7 days. Gift Certificates for all services are available online. TranquilitySpa.com. (914) 713-0066.
Originally appeared in Healthcare News, December 2017