As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
The aestheticians at Cham-Pagne Salon & Spa take stock of each client's beauty behests before launching into treatments that rely on brand-name products. Nail nurses decorate digits with OPI and Essie polishes during manicures, and stylists shampoo strands with Italian-imported Davines products before shaping them into chic new 'dos. Cham-Pagne's stylists can trim the tresses of anyone in the family, and they even host Princess Parties, during which girls can emulate Mom by enjoying miniature versions of manicures, pedicures, and makeup applications. Grownup pedicures find technicians kneading arches with rolled-up copies of Reader's Digest and one of the spa's signature scents. The salon's 30-minute crystal body-art sessions add twinkling contrast to the dark shades that UV-free airbrush tans bequeath to bodies.
Partnered with Aveda, Sojourn Salon & Spa soothes skin and rejuvenates bodies with pampering facials and calming massages. Spend up to 120 minutes relaxing amid soft lighting and hues of sea-foam green and copper as the Sojourn facial works to restore balance to topsy-turvy skin via personalized products and tender hands. After freshening face coverings, extinguish body bothers with a full-frame massage, in which a massage maestro conducts a 10-finger ensemble in a magnum opus over your body's reflex points. Pain will be extinguished, the mind and body harmonized, and remaining worries about the impermanence of gravity will dissolve into the ether. The treatment is made complete with a foot-reflexology session.
The word "verde" means "green" in Spanish, and that's exactly what Verde Salon strives to be. The salon offers numerous eco-friendly beauty treatments, from formaldehyde-free nail polishes to skincare products formulated with organic and vegan ingredients. Even the space itself is green—it boasts low- or no-VOC paints and finishes, recycled wallpaper and bamboo flooring, and EnergyStar appliances.
Owner and head stylist Kevin Gatto runs the show here. The beauty guru has more than a decade of industry experience under his belt, including stints as an expert stylist on CBS- and NBC-Philadelphia, and a lifetime of shampooing his own hair. He and his team work hard to keep up with the always-changing salon industry, regularly participating in what Gatto calls "scissors-on" trainings to learn the latest styles and techniques.
Master-level certified in Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, massage therapist Daniel Caruso customizes both Swedish and ashiatsu massages to suit individual clients' needs. Each session begins with a deep breath atop a lambskin-covered, heated table, cleansing the mind of stress and catchy TV theme songs as Caruso assesses for any particularly tense or troublesome muscle areas. During Swedish massages, hot stones, music, and aromatherapy help patrons relax as he blends trigger-point therapy with light- to medium-pressured strokes to reduce stress and promote circulation.
After settling into Paragon's chic animal-print chairs and admiring the stylish art sprinkled on its bright, welcoming walls, your luxurious spa treatments will begin with a thorough skin analysis by a certified aesthetician. Next, they'll introduce your flesh-app Facebook to the deep-pore-cleansing facial, which reduces oil without drying and moisturizes the skin to treat spontaneous flare-ups. Newly pampered skin will take a final curtain call once the detoxifying mask removes impurities and a decisive antioxidant is applied for ultimate radiance. Batting clean-up is the microdermabrasion treatment, which uses the DiamondTome system of skin regeneration to exfoliate and smooth the skin, eliminating dead skin cells and any Deadhead cells that have lingered there since the ’60s.
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