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Celebrity Spa Treatment — For The Rest of Us
ho doesn’t love those spas straight out of a posh magazine ad—sky-high windows sparkling with an ocean view, you donning a skinny thong and a plush fat robe, then being whisked off by a bubbly attendant into a room that’s all marble and pillars, with enough mirrored walls to put Versailles to shame. Luxury spas are as Hamptons as Jaguars and celebrities and hedges. Of course, they tend to be priced accordingly. But there’s a flip side, too; the
East End, Sag Harbor especially, has been undergoing a kind of Californiafication, where super deluxe makes room for realness. That describes the justopened Rejuvenation Spa. Once you are in the building and climbing the wooden stairs, you don’t need directions; follow the aroma of essential oils. As you remove your shoes—Swedish custom— you’ll be greeted by the co-owners, blond, blueeyed, and, yes, Swedish, Therese Lindstrom and her husband, Bill Kamaras. Lindstrom, a dancer trained at the Royal Swedish Ballet, said, “As a dancer, I always had to go to massage therapy. I wanted to try
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By susan saiter
Inside Rejuvenation Spa in Sag Harbor
the alternative healing therapies I encountered.” Rejuvenation Spa offers the typical: massage, facials and other body treatments. But no invasive needles here like Botox, except for acupuncture. “We are not beauty-oriented,” Lindstrom said. “We are about using your own natural powers of healing.” This includes organic facials, from products farmed and harvested on unpolluted land in Australia. Rejuvenation is going for its own niche in the crowded spa market by keeping prices down ($79 for a 60-minute treatment), and by initiating new spa fans. “We have celebrities, certainly, but we also have working women, and men, like farmers and fishermen,” Lindstrom said. She plans to add yoga classes and home visits to her repertoire next year. New for fall and winter is fire-cupping, where animal horns are used on the back to suck out toxins. “It’s great for asthma,” Lindstrom said. “Or anyone coughing this winter, they should...have a cupping session.” She noted that Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow swear by the 5,000 year-old treatment. Another reason to reserve it for the winter, Lindstrom said, is “it leaves marks on your back for a while. You don’t want to go around in summer with those!” The spa welcomes walk-ins and offers eastern and western massage techniques, including deep tissue, Shiatsu, Tui-Na, and, of course, Swedish. Licensed massage therapist Marlene Rodriguez took me into a cozy room with baby blue blankets on the table. She told me to drink plenty of water afterward, because she was going to work on lymph and blood flow to get rid of toxins. She also thought I would love a salt foot rub—all the more reason to hydrate. While working on your muscles, Marlene instructs you to take deep breaths, talking to you about what your skin, muscles, circulation system, lungs and other organs are going through, making you aware of, respectful of, your body. And “Happy feet” is what you walk out with after the salty rose rub. I went back again for a facial with Edith Ingenhaag. Be prepared for the real deal here. She tailors the treatment to the skin type. For my dry and sensitive skin, the European-trained aesthetician smoothed on an enzyme cleanser. It felt like pancake batter (not that I’ve ever really put it on my face!), complete with baking powder fizzing—in other words, it mattered that it was organic, really alive. You know your skin is sucking in healthy stuff. Then comes the steam, the masque and, while that’s drawing out yucky stuff and making your face smooth and tight, she rubs your feet and your hands and then snuggles them with toasty towels. After the mask comes the real payoff, the massage from décolletage up to forehead. During that massage, which seemed to last forever, I just kept thinking: “It is so good to be alive!” Rejuvenation Spa, 23 Bridge Street, 2nd floor, Sag Harbor. 631-725-1057