Gabanti Salon & Spa’s full juice bar, cozy fireplace, and gently heated floors demonstrate owner Denise Oliveto’s attention to detail and commitment to customers’ comfort. Every eight minutes, a double-filtered, sanitizing air-circulation system refreshes the interior of the two-story facility, where stylists coif chic styles in the spacious salon, and licensed cosmetologists perform beauty services in the tranquil day spa. If desired, clients can bring in photographs of their favorite looks for stylists and makeup artists to replicate, allowing mascara ignoramuses to take their Robert Smith impersonations to Vegas. Nail technicians apply lacquers to fingertips, cosmetologists target problems such as acne, aging, and allergies with custom facials, and massage therapists draw on a variety of techniques to ease aches and pains. Signature wedding packages, which include limousine services and exclusive use of the facility, pamper brides-to-be and their wedding parties with hair, makeup, and spa services.
Harmony Heals is owned by Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals member Melissa Stein, who uses her trained hands to thwart tension and help her clients find physical and mental serenity. Her specialty is classic Swedish massage, during which she employs long, flowing strokes to gradually relax both the superficial muscles and the nervous system, and often incorporates light lotion or oil to reduce friction and soften the skin. Unlike some massage therapists who augment their services with the sounds of howler monkeys playing in their natural habitat, Melissa plays soothing music during each of her massages, and invites clients to disrobe to their desired comfort level rather than donning the traditional backless hot-dog costume.
The trainers at Affinity Fitness customize every exercise regimen and nutrition program to suit the health needs of each client. This approach emphasizes group classes as well as one-on-one instruction, and relies on workouts that incorporate more than one type of training. The schedule of more than 40 weekly classes includes boot camp, circuit training, indoor cycling, and Piloxing sessions. The studio also provides more unique classes, such as a Wing Chun and MMA class taught by a Hong Kong-trained master, and small group-training classes focused on a specialized format, such as interval training or extreme patty-cake.
After graduating from The National College of Chiropractic licensed Doctor of Chiropractic Stephen Becker interned at a general health center in Chicago. During the stint, he received hands-on training in the fields of orthopedics and neurology, among others. That experience has influenced his chiropractic care at Becker Spine and Sports Institute, where he treats back pain, sciatica nerves, and herniated disks. His techniques include spinal-decompression therapy, the Graston Technique, and the Cox Technic flexion-distraction technique. He advocates holistic treatments as well, such as massage therapy and acupuncture.
From its posts inside the Hilton Hotel of Parsippany and the Westminster Hotel of Livingston, Deluxe Spa attempts to live up to its name by offering head-to-toe spa services along with a number of luxurious hotel amenities. Clients can receive customized facials and massages that utilize fruit extracts, marine botanicals, and aromatherapy. After treatments, they can enjoy free rein over the hotel pool, whirlpools, and fitness center. During this extended spa day, guests can leave their day-to-day worries behind, and instead spend the day talking in an English accent and pretending to be 367th in line for the throne.
Doctor of Chiropractic Edward Fischer studied at the University of Bridgeport before opening Fischer Chiropractic & Wellness Center. Rather than treating symptoms, he and his staff address underlying causes through chiropractic adjustments and massage. His cohort, Dr. Brianne L. Prior, earned her doctorate at Logan College of Chiropractic and later trained with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Now she uses low-force and soft-tissue techniques to gently treat children, elderly patients, and those with disabilities.
Both chiropractors help patients lose weight by coaching them through the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method. This program lowers insulin levels through a menu of 67 meals made with high-quality proteins that encourage quick absorption and curb appetites. Low in both complex and simple carbohydrates, these products help the body burn stored fat until it whistles like a teakettle.
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