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 a workspace that spans 13,000 square feet and two stories, Lawrence SpaRex has plenty of room to pamper its clients privately and comfortably. Tucked away from all the nail treatments, haircuts, and massages, the facility’s dry sauna relaxes visitors with infrared panels that warm the body like natural sunlight without the potential damaging effects of UV rays. Layers of seaweed clay coat the walls not only in the sauna but also throughout the facility, providing a healthy alternative to paint and a more practical alternative to silly string.
Butterfly Essential Wellness Spa’s therapists deliver customers from the stresses of everyday wear and tear with soothing massages and private massage rooms filled with tranquil music. The one-hour Swedish shea-butter massage uses a moisture-bestowing unguent to enhance the comfort of gliding massage strokes, gentle pressure, and shooting down hallways like a human luge. The massage itself gently uncoils muscles, bringing reduced tension, enhanced flexibility and circulation, and fewer winks from flirtatious Slinkys. Alternatively, couples can relax in tandem with the couples Swedish massage, with two massage therapists using their dexterous digits for simultaneous backrubs augmented by soothing massage oils. Departing customers are gifted with a positive thought card, offering a contented counterpoint to cynical fortune cookies.
Though their studio’s name suggests otherwise, licensed massage therapist Tamara Giacomozzi and her staff remain focused on the present. When a client walks in to Ancient Arts Healing Center for a massage or naturopathic medical treatment, they devote all of their attention to the act of healing in the here-and-now. This client-centered approach is evident in all aspects of the studio, from the specialized medical practitioners on staff to the lotion bar that allows clients to choose custom scents for their massages.
Ancient Arts must be doing something right, because it has earned the Readers’ Choice award for “Best Massage” in the Trentonian for the past two years. The studio’s therapists earned that honor by mastering 12 massage styles, some of which incorporate cold marble stones, herbal packs, hot stones, and aromatic oils. Aside from the flagship massages, a slate of alternative therapies includes Japanese reiki, nutritional counseling, and card readings.
Marisa’s gentle nature is apparent in the specializations she holds: licensed massage therapist, healing touch practitioner, certified educator of infant massage, and alternative therapist for hospice patients. Her massages utilize therapeutic-grade essential oils and heated basalt stones to work through triple-knotted muscles. Additionally, she uses beeswax or paraffin candles during ear-candling services that work to rid ears of fluid, wax, or cotton-ball buildup.
Beauty Heights Salon & Spa was founded on the belief that well-being can be achieved by staying close to nature. As a result, the salon uses high-quality products that are pure, organic, natural, herbal, and chemical-free during KeraGreen smoothing treatments, perms, and soothing hair treatments. This belief extends to the spa, where ayurvedic body treatments and massages accompany fresh-fruit and vitamin C facials, which restore skin's radiance for healthy glows.