By Erin Silk
Amy Snider is the owner of Spa Cascada
and Boutique on Broadway in Saratoga
Springs where clients receive in resultsoriented
skin care treatment while relaxing
in a beautiful hacienda-style spa.
“I feel very fortunate to be able to bring
the true spa experience back to the place
where spas originated,” Snider said of
“Cascada” is Spanish for waterfall and is
also a source of inspiration from Snider’s
many years spent in Cabo San Lucas,
Mexico, working in spas before returning
to Saratoga where she grew up.
Snider already had a scientific background as a former athletic trainer and dental hygienist, but she knew she had found her true passion in spa and skin care.
“Spa exposure really got me interested in skin science,” said Snider, who has taught as a national skin care educator. She moved back to the area in June 2003 and attended the Aesthetic Science Institute in Latham to learn the latest in skin treatments and wellness theory.
In June of 2005, Snider made her passion for wellness a reality and opened Spa Cascada where she loves educating clients about their skin and about how to focus a healthy skin regime to make it part of their lifestyle.
“Once you use quality products and become educated about how and why they work, you really start to see results,” she said.
Snider said people can become easily overwhelmed by the advertising for skin care products and that they may not always realize that products work differently for everyone.
“We promote wellness and we pride ourselves as a team to treat everyone as an individual – every time,” she said. In addition to skin care treatments like facials and laser therapy, Spa Cascada offers treatments in massage and body wraps to help rejuvenate the entire body.
There are so many spas around the world and clients can choose the kind of experience they want to have. “I really want my clients to feel removed from reality when they enter the spa,” said Snider.
To promote this goal of transformation, Snider and her skilled therapists work to maintain a tranquil feeling throughout a client’s visit.
“We strive to provide a calming experience combined with trained, professional treatments.” It’s this synergy and friendliness of her staff that Snider said has helped her to build a loyal customer base.
“We feel so honored and fortunate to build our clientele through word-of-mouth and positive referrals,” she said.
Spa Cascada expanded in November of 2010 to include a boutique salon, located downstairs from the spa. This shop offers a “makeup and lash bar” and consultations with an on-site makeup artist for clients who are want to try out a quality make-up or learn a new technique to complete a special look.
Snider has enjoyed watching the spa grow and is excited about future plans. In October, Spa Cascada will begin to host monthly ladies’ nights where guests can sample a 30-minute treatment while enjoying wine and cheese and a night out with friends.
Or, clients can learn more about reducing sun damage and overall skin rejuvenation at Spa Cascada’s monthly seminars and experience complimentary 30-minute treatments like the popular oxygen treatment – a natural way to rebuild skin from the inside.
Spa Cascada and Boutique is open Tuesday- Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, or to book an appointment, visit cascadasalonandspa.com.