Massage is a time-honored method of alleviating stress, as is the ancient art of crafting origami swans out of midterm exams. Ace relaxation with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a massage package at Sulis, The Spa at Melandre in Nutley (a $100 total value). The package includes:
- A one-hour Pure massage (a $90 value)
- An essential-oil upgrade (a $10 value)
Sulis is a Celtic goddess worshipped more than 1,000 years ago in Bath, London, where the mysterious powers of thermal spring waters were believed to heal bathers. At Sulis the Spa at Melandre, certified skincare specialists honor their namesake with the therapeutic Pure massage, a relaxing Swedish service marked by long, gliding strokes. Therapists apply a glaze of essential oils, allowing them to knead sinews at varying depths and pressures. As sunlight streams through the amber-tinted curtains lining the treatment rooms, muscle tension dissipates, circulation shifts into higher gear, and joints realize they’ll soon be able to fling frisbees into the mouths of teenage boys with the greatest of ease. Spa amenities include robes, strapless terry gowns, slippers, and towels. Bamboo glass doors open into deluxe locker rooms equipped with stone-tiled showers and complimentary quilted toilet paper. Sulis asks spa-goers to arrive 15 minutes early to ensure prompt, unrushed service and gifts guests a cup of specialty tea.
Sulis, The Spa at Melandre
Sulis, The Spa at Melandre borrows its name from the healing waters of Bath, England, where throngs of people once flocked to bask in the rejuvenating steam of the city's natural springs. But though the focus on health and replenishment remains the same, Sulis has expanded upon the spa traditions of 1,000 years ago to treat clients to a host of modern amenities, as well as décor and healing practices borrowed not just from the ancient bathhouses, but also from around the world.
Visitors are first greeted by a stone carving of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and happiness, before they are ushered to lush changing rooms. There, they find stone-tiled showers that pay homage to the limestone aquifers of Bath, along with plush robes, slippers, and towels. From there, guests can head to the modern tranquility room to enjoy a cup of tea, listen to peaceful music, and inhale soothing aromatherapy, or they can skip straight to their treatment and save the unwinding for later.
Aside from pampering clients from head to toe, transformative services aim to enhance the health and beauty of hair, skin, nails, and spirits. Hair-removal services use natural ingredients such as a sugar paste, which removes hair in the direction of growth, or an antimicrobial botanical wax. Facials and body treatments cleanse and exfoliate the skin to remove dead cells, blackheads, and clothing that’s been super glued on. A foot bath and warm herb neck towel prep clients for a Swedish-style massage that uses long strokes, various depths of pressure, and essential oils to knead out knots and improve circulation. Meanwhile, airbrush-makeup application enhances features for special events and daily affirmations in front of the mirror, and clients can easily replicate the results at home using Bare Minerals makeup, which is available for purchase in the spa.