Dr. Michael Acanfora has been providing health and wellness services for the Bayonne community for the last 14 years. A St. Peter’s Prep graduate, he received his undergraduate degree from Kean University and his Doctor of Chiropractic from Life University in Marietta, Georgia.
Though European Day Spa & Salon isn't actually in Europe, the spa's indulgent ambiance leaves many clients feeling like they've stepped into the Old World. Ornate chandeliers and a sun-soaked interior wash the space in romantic light, revealing specialists treating nails and tresses with top-of-the-line products from L'Oreal Paris, Pureology, and OPI. These knowledgeable, accommodating experts also pamper patrons with treatments including anti-aging facials, hot stone massages, highlights, and makeup applications. This breadth and depth of service helps earn the establishment its fame, with accolades pouring in from New Jersey Monthly and four out of five magic mirrors.
The certified aestheticians at Vivian's Day Spa revitalize drab derm with luxuriant skin-swaddling services. Wage war against facial imperfections such as fine lines, acne scars, permanent-marker mustaches, and enlarged pores with a microdermabrasion facial treatment. Microscopic magnesium crystals gently scrub and peel the epidermis to remove dead and damaged cells. Post-buff, freshly stimulated skin cells blossom anew. Designed for combination skin, the deep-cleansing European facial targets blemishes and impedes future breakouts with an iron curtain of ameliorating products that help regulate oil secretion and prevent shine.
Nestled inside a Victorian cottage, The Secret Garden Spa aims to provide a green escape from the stresses of daily life. Here, a team of stylists, aestheticians, nail technicians, and certified massage therapists pampers clients from head to toe with organic, vegan, and all-natural products from Aveda and SpaRitual. In an airy salon area framed by a half-circle window, ripening hair dryers dangle from the ceiling alongside chandeliers that illuminate haircuts and ammonia-free color treatments. Private, candlelit spa rooms host massages accented with organic aromatherapy oils and lotions. Nail specialists tend to fingers and toes with earth-loving products and hot-stone massages, and soothing facials cleanse and hydrate with botanical ingredients.
The epidermal experts of Skin Station possess the skills and professional products required to banish almost any skin imperfection they encounter. Clients can browse a menu of more than 30 facial treatments to find the one that best targets their face's unique issues, then bask in even more individualized care as aestheticians tailor each regimen to suit their skin type. Serums from Clarins Paris, Dr. Oasis, and G.M. Collin delve deep into tissues to hydrate, heal, and break up bacteria house parties, and more advanced treatments, ranging from chemical peels to 24-karat gold facials, forge speedy results. For the rest of the body, waxing services go hand-in-hand with LHE hair-removal treatments to leave skin smooth and fuzz-free.
Before retiring to the table, every client at Staten Island Massage & Wellness gets a chance to discuss their treatment goals with the licensed massage therapist who will be performing the service. This allows the staff to modify the massage with techniques that focus on the client's areas of discomfort or stress. Many clients choose the classic Swedish massage, a gentle technique that's especially suited to newcomers to massage, though others prefer a therapeutic medical massage or sports massage, either of which can loosen up athletes' muscles before a big game or rehabilitate their sore arms after they struggle against Sisyphus in a shot-put competition.
At Beauty SQ, hairstylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians administer a wide variety of treatments aided by OPI and BSQ gel polishes, naturally derived Aveda products, and deluxe Bumble and Bumble haircare serums. Therapists ease muscles with Western- and Eastern-style massages, such as deep tissue, acupuncture, herbal reflexology, and Chinese tui na, a technique similar to Swedish massage that aims to positively redirect chi, or energy, throughout the body. Aestheticians create tailored weight-loss packages by combining targeted massage with other treatments, such as body wraps or facials administered prejog.