Balance, Education and Relaxation

Press & Events

Spa Week raves about Soli’s Magic Touch

Soli’s Magic Touch: 90 Minute Facial + Reflexology

The CEO of Spa Week Media Group just tasked me with the duty of booking her the best massage in New York for this Saturday. I booked her 90 minutes with none other than Soli Davis, the spa director at Shibumi Spa.

Soli is admittedly a science geek. She takes nothing at face value (including facials), always researching health claims that pop up in the news, and often seeing right through them. It’s why editors call her all the time for quotes; Soli knows her stuff. She uses all Bionova skincare products, a brand rooted deeply in Biology. For the science geek in us all, I’ve included reflexology charts below, all of which Soli could map out blindfolded. She also signs off her emails with “love, light and laughter,” all of which you will feel in Soli’s warm presence.

With a mix of sass and science-based spa techniques, Soli Davis gave me her famous 90 Minute Facial with Reflexology peppered with facts and tips to give my brain a massage to boot. Literally.

Soli’s treatment, which uses a hybrid of modalities and that she’s crafted meticulously over the years, includes all the typical checkpoints of a great facial: exfoliating, extractions, a peel mask, moisturizer, etc. But what’s particularly notable was everything else that came with it: Her fingers dug deep my scalp, neck, shoulders, forehead and jaw, kneading out all tension with pinpoint accuracy, treating not just my face, but everything that surrounds it and mobilizes it.

Many good facialists include a foot massage while a mask is setting, but Soli turns it up a notch—her facial is not complete without the reflexology that goes with it. The difference between reflexology and a regular foot rub is that therapists who specialize in reflexology can efficiently target various parts of your body by way of your feet, and that’s exactly what Soli did. “This is your neck, these are your sinuses…” she explained as she worked her way through my face and body via the soles of my feet. She also did reflexology on my hands and ears, offering a similar full body therapy.

To read the entire article, go to:

Nylon: Face Off

All it took yesterday was 20 minutes outside in the freezing cold to turn my skin into a red, flaky mess.

Since the hand cream sitting on my desk couldn’t relieve the sting, I turned skin pro Soli Davis, of Shibumi Spa, for some epidural TLC.

The downtown spa uses Bionova, which pairs medical research with beauty breakthroughs. The result is a range of face products that go beyond all-natural–they’re made of the exact same cellular makeup as skin itself.

Fast forward two hours later, after sitting under a blue laser lamp with a face covered in a vitamin-rich mask, and my skin was starting to feel normal.

You can try it out for yourself this weekend — Bionova is offering complimentary facials at Barneys this Sunday (660 Madison Ave) for anyone who picks up one of their anti-stress, anti-flake, anti-breakout products. Yes, you’ll probably see me there… xxRebecca

From December 12, 2009

Download pdf 156kb Textured Beauty

by Diane da Costa

Where can you find a hidden oasis in the hustle and bustle of New York City? Shibumi Spa is an elegant spiritual and tranquil sanctuary tucked away at Eastern Athletics Club in Tribeca. You will leave this Asian inspired Spa with a renewed sense of self– empowered, enlightened and ready to take on the world!

Soli Davis, the Spa Director greets all her clients with a warm embracing smile ready to facilitate, heal and pamper all. She recommended I get the Microdermabrasion Treatment with Reflexology add on service to re-texturize the skin’s surface. The treatment was performed on the most comfortable heated massage /skin care treatment bed which was simply wonderful for my back and really relaxed my state of mind. First she removed all makeup with a cleanser and lavender water which calms the skin and body.

The Microdermabrasion Treatment which uses a rapid vacuum action machine to exfoliate the skin with crystals. Soli explains, ”Your skin was a bit sensitive on your neck, so I wanted to hydrate and brighten that area gently.” The movements in the treatment were reflexology, shiatsu, lymphatic drainage and Tibetan Ayurvedic Marma Points, as well as some traditional European Facial movements. “Generally the movements are used to try to ” re-texturize the skin using the microdermabrasion machine- who’s vacuum action with the crystals help to evenly and rapidly exfoliate the skin. It also increases circulation and cell renewal.” “I also used Bionova’s Exfoliating Cleanser for further brightening from the inside out and their Oil Free Massage Cream, which when combined with steam and massage techniques really help to soften and brighten the skin!”

The Microdermabrasion Treatment is great with facial treatments for special events skin renewal, for removal of hyperpigmentated skin after pregnancy and intense scaring from life long acne. The treatment leaves your skin brighter and more even toned and less blotchy. The number of treatments recommended depends on how much hyperpigmentation or scaring remains on the skin’s surface.

After the Microdermabrasion treatment, Ms. Davis used the Dr. Brandt Vacuum Pore Mask on my face and the Elemis Papaya Mask on my neck and throat with the professional Bionova Products for my in spa treatment . The entire Bionova line of products; the cleanser, activator and massage cream are retailed at Shibumi. For the Healing Reflexology Treatment Soli used a wonderful body butter on my hands and feet from Donah’s Passions.

For more information contact Shibumi Spa, 80 Leonard Street, NYC 212 343 8788

read more at Uptown Life
download pdf: Uptown Life, November 7, 2009 (600kb)

Elle UK: Summer Beauty: When to spa and when to save…


When summer hits, so does the temptation to embark on a major beauty overhaul. All of that freshly exposed skin needs to be buffed and brightened, toned and tanned. But ticking off all of those boxes at the spa or salon can cost as much as your holiday, so this summer, be choosy about what you splurge on.

“You can get real results from at-home spa treatments,” says Soli Davis, a Manhattan-based beauty therapist and spa consultant. But on the flipside, Davis admits some services are best left in the hands of professionals. Read on below for how to shop the spa menu selectively.


Warmer weather and brighter skies call for lighter, sheerer make-up, so prioritise skin in the run up to summer. While some at-home kits that contain retinol and glycolic acid can deliver, ‘home microdermabrasion kits are usually a paltry substitute for the real deal’ says Davis.

She recommends you get your complexion clear and glowing with a rejuvenating facial that purifies, brightens and adds radiance to the skin. At the Amanda Lacey Clinic in London, savvy regulars are already booking their annual Pink Treatments, which use fruit enzymes to peel off a layer of dull, wintry skin. (Naturally, it’s their most popular treatment for summer.)

If you can afford it, follow their lead and book a similar treatment with a reputable beauty therapist who can determine your individual needs, perform a service that makes a visible difference, and clearly instruct you on how to maintain that glow.


As for fake tans, a professionally applied bronze always looks best, says Davis. But the jury’s still out on whether it’s worth getting an in-salon scrub first. With an amazing range of scrubs available to buy, some beauty aficionados swear there’s no better place to get smooth than in their own bath-tub or shower. ‘A perfectly thorough exfoliation can improve the look—and longevity—of your tan,’ says Davis, so do this bit yourself and you can invest your pennies in a tanning professional instead. We’ve yet to find anything that betters the St Tropez Spray Tan (from £30). The tone and depth are realistic, it rarely streaks and all the therapists are highly trained so should get a good result wherever you go.


Body treatments that improve circulation or lymphatic drainage are also sound pre-holiday investments, as they can temporarily reduce the look of cellulite. A good, 90-minute massage is always worthwhile – provided the therapist has experience and comes recommended (an effective massage has nothing to do with the number of scented candles they’re burning in the room).

Read more at Elle UK

Download pdf: Elle UK, August 2009 (724kb)

Palacinka Beauty: one of our favorites

Soli Davis, one of our favorite NYC based aestheticians, is now at Shibumi Spa, NYC!

Shibumi Spa is located in the the Eastern Athletic Tribeca Club, NYC and the Spa menu has expanded – now including treatments such as a new Bionova Blue Lamp Facial Treatment that will amaze and astound you, and the Anti-Oxidant Head to Toe Exfoliation Treatment, which smells good enough to eat and leaves you baby soft and your skin glowing from head to toe.

Also, when the clients come for a facial treatment, healing session or body treatment they can use the gym, steam room, sauna, and showers at no additional cost. The sound of the waterfall and natural light make you feel as if you were someplace else, like your own little sanctuary in New York. Davis also has two wonderful spa therapists besides her that work from the heart, with amazing hands as well.

Finally one can get a full spa experience and it’s a great place for girlfriends to have an afternoon working out and getting treatments! By appointment only – Tel:(212) 343-8788 or e-mail:

Address: 80 Leonard Street between Church St. and Broadway

download pdf: Palacinka Beauty (304kb)

Woman’s Day: How to Score a Healthy Summer Glow

Get radiant skin today with these top-pick self-tanners and bronzers


Looking for a way to get St. Tropez–golden without leaving the comfort of your own home? Today’s advanced self-tanners, bronzers and other skin treatment systems allow you to do just that—plus, you avoid UV rays, which can wreak havoc on your skin. We scoured the market for some of the best DIY glow-getting treatments, and talked to the experts for tips on achieving the healthiest skin possible. For the full scoop on our favorite tips and products, read on.

At-Home Treatment Systems: Avon Anew Clinical Advanced Dermabrasion System

“There are several ways to get the same radiance that a tan offers,” says Soli Davis, a New York City–based aesthetician. “Microdermabrasion and glycolic and chemical peels are all great ways to fight aging and give your skin a healthy and even-toned glow.” Obtain and maintain a natural glow with this at-home microdermabrasion system from Avon. The micro-crystal formula is released from an innovative dial-up tube in four progressively stronger levels for super-fast results. $28 at

more at Woman’s Day

Download pdf: Woman’s Day, July 14, 2008 (300kb)

Allure: The Best Ways to Spend Your Tax Rebate


by Jessica Matlin

While there isn’t a financial expert on earth who would advise you to blow your rebate on nail polish, perfume, and highlights, lucky for you, I’m no financial expert. My personal ideal for allocating all of that fresh green goes something like this:

A healing session with Soli Davis. A chance meeting with Davis nearly ruined all other spa services for me. More than a facialist or a masseuse, Soli’s treatments blend reflexology, Reiki, and Shiatsu, and they leave me feeling light, relaxed, and optimistic. For $125, it’s the cheapest vacation you’re ever going to have.

Read more from Allure’s Daily Beauty Reporter: The Best Ways to Spend Your Tax Rebate

Download pdf: Allure, May 29, 2008 (304kb)

Heart & Soul: Preserve your Sexy

Get Buffed
Nude Ambitions begin with smooth curves. “Exfoliation gets rid of the dead skin and allows your moisturizers to penetrate where they can do the most good,” says New York City-based aesthetician Soli Davis. Once a week use a gentle scrub. Three we love: Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish, Elemis Exotic Lime and Ginger Salt Glow and Intellesthetics Citrus Skin Polisher. Pay close attention to areas like elbows and knees. To help circulation and remove toxins, apply the scrub in a circular motion away from your heart, down your belly to your hips, thighs and legs and up to your shoulders and arms, Davis suggests.

Download pdf: Heart & Soul, February/March 2008 (240kb)

Palacinka Beauty Insider

“I’ve been working with pigment for as long as I can remember and I think that like any other talent, if you’re exposed when you’re young and before there are any rules, you learn to develop your own eye. I don’t have any stereotypes about people and the color they should be, what undertones they might have, etc; so when I create color or do makeup I’m really looking to re-create a perfect version of their skin color, with simply some correction to even tone it. I probably approach color with a global perspective, it’s just color to me and while I celebrate and am constantly learning about different cultural attitudes about everyone’s own perception of color, I find that being able to see clearly without preconception helps me to help others discover their own unique beauty and maximize it!”

Soli Davis at Palacinka Beauty Insider

O Magazine: New You, Coming Through!


Forget a head-to-toe makeover. From angling in bangs to upgrading your moisturizer to switching laundry detergents, a change doesn’t have to be a big deal to be a real breakthrough. We’ve got 53 smart little ways to make you feel dazzling.

We polled a battery of experts, from hairstylists and makeup artists to dermatologists and psychiatrists for changes—big and small—hat can add up to a fresh look (and a fresh attitude). For their help, we thank:

  • Ji Baek, owner and founder of Rescue Beauty Lounge in New York City
  • Cristina Bartolucci, celebrity makeup artist and creative director of DuWop
  • Trae Bodge, cofounder and creative director of Three Custom Color Specialists
  • Michael Breus, PhD, author of Beauty Sleep
  • Loretta Ciraldo, MD, professor of cosmetic dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • David Colbert, MD, New York City dermatologist
  • Tracey Cunningham, Los Angeles colorist
  • Soli Davis, aesthetician in New York City
  • Kacy Duke, author of The Show It Love Workout and consultant to Equinox fitness clubs
  • Rick Gradone, Los Angeles hairstylist
  • Charlie Green, celebrity makeup artist
  • Debra Luftman, MD, cosmetic dermatologist in Beverly Hills
  • Burton Machen, hairstylist and co-owner of Salon Maxime in Beverly Hills
  • Serge Normant, global creative consultant for John Frieda
  • Napoleon Perdis, celebrity makeup artist
  • Eva Ritvo, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • Jet Rhys, owner of Jet Rhys Hair Salon in San Diego
  • Joanna Schlip, Physicians Formula celebrity makeup artist
  • Shaun-Thomas, BECCA national makeup artist
  • Jin Soon, owner of Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spa in New York City
  • Andrea Thau, spokeswoman for the American Optometric Association
  • Tina Turnbow, New York City makeup artist
  • Kim Vo, of the Kim Vo Salon at the Mirage in Las Vegas

  • Download pdf: O Magazine, January 2008 (432kb)