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Look Good! Feel Great! Be Glam!

Eight top beauty & wellness spots in the Hudson Valley!

The holidays are coming up quickly. And we all want to look and feel our best.

No worries and no need to rush to some pricy place downstate. There are plenty of superior hair salons, fitness studios and pampering spas right here in the Hudson Valley!

Our Hudson Valley Happenings team pulled together eight of our beauty and wellness favs. Get in shape with Pilates. Try a new do with a celebrity stylist. Relax away the stress of the season with a cleansing facial or detox massage.

So read on and get yourself ready to wow!


Owner of Body Be Well, a certified Pilates teacher and holistic nutrition professional, Chelsea Streifeneder wants you to live well and feel your best every day. That's why the HV native opened her third studio upstate this summer. New to her roster of fully equipped Pilates studios is one in Windham. She opened her first in her hometown Red Hook 13 years ago and three years later expanded her brand to Catskill. With over 15 years of teaching and training experience, Chelsea has been featured in Prevention, Women’s Health, Hudson Valley Magazine, Pilates Style Magazine, and more. She also authored "Studio Shape Up," a book about everything involved in running a studio but the exercises!

All her instructors are trained in the classical techniques of Joseph H. Pilates, along with newer methods. They each have more than 650 hours of certification by the Pilates Method Alliance and continue their studies through workshops, conferences and extra training.

The studio has a special promo right now. Buy a book of 10 classes and save $50. You'll totally want to get on board and in shape for the holidays!

Luna Dermatology has quickly become the Hudson Valley’s premier destination for all things skincare. This boutique, with New Paltz and Kingston offices, offers topnotch aesthetic treatments including Botox, filler, Coolsculpting, micro-needling, custom facials, and more.

Opened in 2014 by well-known dermatologist Dr. Brooke Bair, this all-female team has

amassed loyal clients who appreciate the friendly atmosphere and quality care. Luna also treats patients for a variety of concerns such as acne, eczema, skin allergies, hair loss, psoriasis, and skin cancer screenings.

A number of seasonal specials are on right now. Current deals include $50 off

Botox/Dysport, $100 off dermal fillers, and $500 off qualifying Coolsculpting treatments

(nothing like a subtle refresh before the holidays or that winter vacation).

Looking for a perfect luxurious self-care treat or gift to a loved one? We recommend Luna’s “Signature Organic Facial,” with award-winning, organic products made locally in the Hudson Valley. The facial is free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, and chemical fillers, and renews skin with luscious natural ingredients such as coconut and jasmine cleansers, hydrating rose toner, a fruit enzyme peel, custom clay mask, and more.

Treatments are by appointment only, and the calendar fills up fast, so advanced bookings are highly recommended.

The goal at Mystic Garden Esthetics to help everyone look and feel beautiful.

Their services provide a truly relaxing way to keep up your beauty routines. Anthony is a

licensed esthetician - he worked more than three years as a Clinique counter manager, helping guests amp up their skin care and makeup routines - now he's on a mission to provide relaxing facials and education on skin care. Brianna, also a licensed esthetician - she was an arch expert the past five years at the Benefit Brow Bar - and now does waxing, natural lash extensions and makeup services.

Anthony and Brianna are always coming up with new service ideas, learning about new products and beauty trends. For their monthly discounts and to see their portfolio, follow them on Instagram @mysticgardenesthetics.

Shangri-La is a two-year old private hair studio in Stone Ridge, NY, where Jenae Yelina, a NYC celebrity hair artist works her magic. She has styled royalty, models, fashionistas, beauty insiders, actors and everyday clients. Some specialty hair care services include: French style cuts, pro curly hair shaping, balayage/airtouch/color, hair and lash extensions, wig/sheitel services, destination weddings and special events, on-site or in her studio.

Jenae, highly skilled with all hair types and textures, is especially sought after by her curly hair, wig and hair extension clientele. "This is most unique because of how challenging the textures can be," says the Hudson Valley native. A world traveler and NYC resident for 15 years, Jenae says what brought her back to Stone Ridge "was the idea of bringing all my high-end NYC/worldwide experience and knowledge back to the HV, so I can offer my clientele the absolute best services." She'll make you look and feel red carpet ready for any occasion!

Winter Weather Hair Tips from Jenae Yelina: 1) Moisturize Your Scalp With Hair Oil 2) Avoid Frequent Hair Washes 3) Condition The Hair In Right Way 4) Avoid Heat Styling Tools 5) Apply A Deep Conditioning Hair Mask Weekly 6) Don’t Step Out With Wet Hair 7) Protect Hair From Static 8) Switch To Microfiber Towels 9) Get Regular Trims 10) Eat Healthy To Keep Your Hair Healthy 11) Get A Humidifier

FitBodybyKrista is a boutique fitness studio in Brewster, NY, founded by Krista Ferrara in 2015. Krista has been leading in the fitness industry for more than16 years. With multiple certifications and credentials in the health, fitness and wellness, Krista has served thousands of women all over the globe, coaching and consulting clients in person and virtually. Her mission is to help women build confidence and feel truly empowered to live their best life. In their bright, 4500-square foot space, Fitbody by Krista offers group fitness classes including HIIT, strength training, spin, sculpt, power, and more. As an all-inclusive community, the studio welcomes women and men of all ages, sizes and fitness levels. They also offer 1:1 and 2:1 personal training, a virtual workout platform, health counseling as well as nutrition programs.

Their certified personal trainers have been awarded "Best Personal Trainers" in Hudson Valley Magazine three years running. As a results-driven studio, they focus on "helping our 'tribe' achieve goals and feel their best." Stop by for an introductory visit!

Amie Romano of Aho Kambo practices the ancient medicinal ceremony using the natural secretion of the Phyllomedusa Bicolor, an Amazonian treefrog. This bioactive secretion delivers peptides and neuropeptides known to be crucial to the health, function, growth, and repair of breathing, circulation, digestion, nervous systems, and to cognitive functions tied to attention and memory.

The secretion is one of strongest natural anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antimicrobial and anesthetic substances found in the world and one of the strongest, most effective ways to strengthen the immune system. Properties of these peptides have also been known to help treat a wide-range of medical issues, including depression, cancer, addiction, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Candida, fibromyalgia, PTSD, anxiety, chronic fatigue, acute pain, migraines, blood circulation problems, vascular insufficiency, organ disease, skin and eye issues, to fertility problems, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, Lyme’s, autoimmune disorders, and more.

South American tribes have practiced Kambo ceremonies where the medicinal secretion, sacred snuff (hapé) and eye drops (sananga) are time-tested traditions predating record. These ceremonies are a deeply profound experience that help the participant to release what no longer serves them on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. The medicine has the ability to heal traumas, blocks, memories and physical diseases.

Amie, an IAKP Kambo Practitioner, has traveled the world, studying this and other ancient medicinal ceremonies. She now practices Kambo in the New Paltz area as well as on-site.

Alexis Sarandon grew up loving all things skin care and natural beauty, and was always creating homemade face masks and researching products. She found her true calling in cosmetic acupuncture.

Specializing in Cosmetic Acupuncture and Gua Sha allows Alexis to truly help her patients look and feel their best. Her goals are creating a beautiful, healthy glow for each patient and addressing their concerns while also taking into account their daily stresses, overall mental health, digestion, sleep, nutrition and the harmony of their body. Alexis’ treatments "create a unique space for your skin to glow and your mind and body to flourish."

Alexis, a graduate of Tristate College of Acupuncture, grew up in the Hudson Valley, with a deep love of the outdoors. Her love of food, health and physical activities led her to years of working on farms and growing produce, providing nourishment and wellness through quality food and community. She says becoming an acupuncturist felt like a natural transition.

Alexis, a mother of three, also studied with cosmetic acupuncture guru Shellie Goldstein in 2018 and became a master of cosmetic acupuncture and Gua Sha (the Chinese practice of using a jade stone to relieve facial and jaw tension, promote a brighter complexion, and visibly contour the face). Alexis, now specializes in cosmetic acupuncture, where she melds the old Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques with more modern ones like microcurrent, LED, cryo massage, and nutrition and lifestyle counseling.

Christina Peterson, a local rep for Green Compass, has struggled with knee and back pain for more than six years. Like many, she turned to 100-percent natural cannabinoids (CBD) to get relief and quickly became an advocate. Here's her story:

"I was at my wits end when my friend suggested CBD to me. To be honest, I would not be able to walk today without taking CBD daily. "After day 45, I noticed I hadn’t had to take Tylenol at all despite previously needing to take it DAILY to function. I was able to focus more and had little to no anxiety while at work—previously a large source of stress and anxiety for me. I went on a day trip where I was standing and walking for more than six hours and that included a full flight of stairs which I normally would have avoided. None of this would have ever happened without CBD." CBD is one of the largest and fastest growing industries, but has little to no regulation. Most companies outsource their hemp plants, so most users have no idea where or how the plants are grown. So Christina teamed up with Green Compass, which grows all its plants in the U.S. With a USDA Certified Organic seal, all Green Compass products are from seed to seal grown, bottled and distributed in the U.S.

Christina says "The benefits and transparency of this company have been unmatched! This is why I decided to partner with Green Compass and share my story."

Contact her to purchase or learn more about U.S. organic CBD.


Buy a wellness or beauty treat for yourself or drop a few hints. These services also make great stocking stuffers. We all deserve a little pampering. Nothing like feeling pretty, relaxed and special during the holidays and our chilly winter months!


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