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 team at Transformation For Life Wellness Center is helping their clients look and feel great. Those looking to unfurl tension or manage stress can enlisted a skill therapist to administer an acupressure treatment or a massage in their modality of choice, including Swedish, deep tissue, and aromatherapy. The staff is also proficient in many types of facials including facial massage, extractions, body treatments, and skin analysis, as well as more advanced aesthetic skills such as chemical peels, makeup application, and facial lymphatic drainage.
Pastel-blue walls, plush black leather chairs, and potted plants set a calm and relaxing scene at Styles by Monica, where the trained staff revamps its clients’ looks with chic cuts and color treatments. With high-end products in their arsenal, the stylists also apply makeup and create updos for big events and tend to hands and feet with nail treatments.
At Newtown MediSpa, Dr. David Hendricks and his staff do all they can to keep skin looking healthy. They refresh it with beauty injections such as Botox and Juverderm, revamp it with facials and chemical peels, and streamline it with laser hair removal or waxing. In addition to skin-focused med-spa treatments, they offer traditional spa services such as Swedish massages and the Swedish massage's rival, the Norwegian back scratch.
Cara Bartkus is never in a rush. Long before opening her own spa, she first attended the Institute of Aesthetic Arts & Sciences, then became a certified aesthetician, and later worked at several spas to gather all the experience necessary to become a well-rounded aesthetician. She also augments her treatments by laying candles throughout the small spa space and by using Eve Taylor products made with organic essential oils.
Winner of a 2011 Best of Monroe Award by the US Commerce Association, Salon DARIN refreshes stale styles for men and women. The staff deals in hair’s many dimensions, sprucing up color, updating texture with smoothing treatments, and shaping styles to compliment clients’ lifestyles. Through each service, stylists douse hair in professional products such as Moroccanoil, which washes away traces of residue and protects individual strands with essential-oil ingredients.
But the salon’s blue walls bear witness to more than just hair clippings abandoning heads for more lucrative work within a trashcan. Aestheticians refresh faces with Plantogen products or wax away unwanted hair, and massage therapists usurp strained muscles in private treatment rooms.