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.
With meticulous attention to detail and current trends, Alexander Myles Salon & Spa's highly trained staff trims and styles locks amid floral accents and warm earth tones. Wielding hand-picked products from renowned brands such as L’Oreal Paris, the team clips strands to match each client's personality and schedule, whether it requires an easy wash-and-go style or allots five hours each day to testing the power of window fans. The stylists specialize in nourishing and trimming multiracial hair and gladly offer parents advice for beautifying their children’s manes during complimentary 15-minute sessions. While the stylists dance around their salon chairs to the music of clipping shears, therapists and technicians stationed in private treatment rooms enhance relaxation with aromatherapy massages, botanical facials, and waxing services.
At Spinal Health & Wellness, nationally board-certified Doctors of Chiropractic Tim Ciolkosz and Andrea Moses combine their drug-free, noninvasive treatments with more than three decades of combined experience. They gear these treatments toward banishing acute and chronic pain in patients of all ages but also work to prevent pain from occurring in the first place. Emphasizing prevention over treatment, they lead monthly in-office seminars covering such wellness topics as workplace ergonomics and women’s health.
At New Life Spinal Care Centers, Dr. Jack Norsworthy works with each patient to relieve the painful effects of pressure on the bones and vertebrae. Using nonsurgical spinal-decompression techniques, Dr. Norsworthy customizes treatments to address issues such as carpal tunnel and lower-back pain—a common malady ever since Sir Isaac Newton invented gravity. To promote natural healing, Dr. Norsworthy partners with a certified massage therapist and offers rehabilitation services, such as electrical muscle stimulation and intersegmental traction on a specialized roller table, for auto-, work-, and sports-related injuries.
Doctor of Chiropractic Stacy Cohen founded First State Health & Wellness shortly after he received his degree from New York Chiropractic College in 1984. Since then, his center has expanded to seven locations and welcomed aboard 12 other chiropractic physicians.
Each location features traditional adjustment techniques and Activator tools that rapidly and gently prod trouble spots. A few locations feature specialty techniques such as the Newark location's high-tech subluxation scanning and the Wilmington location's adjustable Thompson Terminal Point table made up of several different cushions that help it morph into an even more therapeutic surface: a ping-pong table.
Dr. Cohen and his staff complement their chiropractic touch with acupuncture, massage, and nutritional counseling services, which are overseen by the center's own licensed acupuncturists and certified massage therapists. Together, the team's collective efforts have been awarded The News Journal's Reader's Choice Award for Best Chiropractic Office in 2010, 2011, and 2012, as well as the BBB's Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics in 2003 and 2009.
Amid the Nutrition Station club's cheerful yellow and orange walls, coaches guide clients to slimmer versions of themselves through a wide range of nutritional and fitness programs. The center hosts group fitness classes, including boot camp and Zumba, along with weight-loss challenges, in which participants are encouraged to shed pounds through exercise and nutrition, verses removing their heaviest toe. During one-on-one nutrition sessions, cushy sofas couch nutrition counselors and clients as they discuss healthy meal plans to fit their lifestyles and weight-loss goals. The Nutrition Station's shelves are lined in Herbalife nutritional supplements, and 94 specialty smoothies sprawl across their chalkboard.