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.
A close-knit team eager to master new aesthetic techniques has led Sebastian's Hair-Em & Day Spa to thrive for more than 37 years. Six of the women on staff have been with the salon for at least two decades, watching it grow from a five-chair operation built by a mother for her three daughters. Today's team of 20 includes stylists, aestheticians, nail techs, and a specialist in orthopedic massage, each of whom takes four classes annually as part of a thorough continuing education program. Classes through Paul Mitchell helped build a salon menu that ranges from complex corrective color to keratin straightening. Skin therapists are not only trained in the use of Repêchage's marine-enriched products but also share the brand's philosophy that their client's skin cannot simply be defined by "type" and Socratic interrogation. The professionals contribute their work in the community by appearing at schools on career day and donating their cosmetology skills and icy Anna Wintour impersonations to charity fashion shows. The salon manager, Cheryl, leads the way in this regard, earning a state Sunshine Award from the national Look Good...Feel Better program for her volunteer commitment to oncology patients.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of related industries—particularly massage therapy, where he observed especially rapid growth. As the spa industry continued to expand, he noticed that hardly any nationally recognized brands resulted from that growth. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to fill that niche with a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa. Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 12 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.
A haven that fuses the tranquility of a day spa with the results-oriented procedures of a medical office, SpaMedica executes age-defying cosmetic, facial, and body treatments. A staff of seasoned medical aestheticians bolsters exteriors through services that range from Dysport injections and microdermabrasion to cellulite-banishing Endermologie treatments, many harnessing the nourishing ingredients of SkinMedica and NeoStrata skincare products. Beige walls dotted with matching candles warmly welcome patrons to the pampering sanctuary, inviting them to drink in the aroma of fresh blooms in a cozy waiting area bordered by a plush blue couch. Natural light filters through drapes onto comfy treatment beds set inside secluded rooms as peaceful and discreet as a private island ruled by sentient olive trees.
After administering acid peels and IPL facials for leading plastic surgeons, Minding the Body Wellness Center founder Susan Schork assembled her own team of certified therapists to offer a variety of services. Within her center's 2,300 square feet, candlelight illumines eight treatment rooms catering toward specific services, from seaweed body detoxification to facials with medical-grade Glytone skincare products to shadow-puppet shows. During makeovers, Susan also hones her award-winning makeup artistry with brand-name products such as Glo Minerals and Estée Lauder. Along with beautification treatments, experts soothe guests with massages available in techniques such as hot stone and therapeutic.
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.