The therapists at Studio 88 begin their battle against stress before clients even get to the treatment room. A chandelier-lit reception area surrounded by cheery pink walls puts tension on the defensive as soon as clients walk in the door. Down the hallway, the fight continues, with massages powered by Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone techniques that dissolve knots and muscular tightness. Elsewhere, skincare specialists brighten visages with facials, and makeup experts highlight clients' winning features with professionally applied products. The staff’s permanent-makeup treatments also help clients free up time during their morning routines for sleeping in or firing spitballs at the paperboy.
The team of professional therapists at Balance Face + Body Wellness know their way around both high-end skincare products and med-spa technology. Customized facials and chemical peels incorporate physician-grade ingredients such as cleansing agents, scrubs, and enzymes to smooth away wrinkles and blemishes. Alternatively, therapists can lift tension from muscles with integrated or hot-bamboo massages, or turn to more advanced devices to contour specific areas of the body and free them from cellulite.
While its main focus is skincare, the studio also works to cultivate a European spa atmosphere. From exposed stone in the lobby, to private massage rooms lit by a mix of cool blue and warm red accent lights, to a wormhole that opens right beneath the Eiffel Tower, every design element is orchestrated to promote calm and mental well-being.
Diet may play a large role in digestive health, but it isn't the sole factor. Oftentimes muscles at the opposite end of the mouth—better known as the colon—get cluttered with lingering remnants of food that negatively impact not only digestion, but also overall wellness. That's where the trained colon hydrotherapists at New Era Wellness step in with colonics. By flushing intestinal hangers-on with warm water, they can ease issues ranging from constipation and gas to fatigue and extra pounds. Plus, the staff also offers nutritional counseling to fix digestion from the front end—not to mention a few purely pampering practices, such as body scrubs and massages.
The floor-to-ceiling windows in Therapeutic Healing Massage Center's treatment rooms allow river and city views to stream in, creating a tranquil environment for holistic bodywork. The licensed therapists are trained in a wide array of massage modalities, including aesthetic techniques that address cellulite and the signs of aging. Their Bioptron light-therapy sessions fight injuries and pain with sunshine-like energy that comes free of UV radiation or spontaneous eclipses.
ZenzaSpa Wellness Boutique cultivates a relaxing atmosphere where patrons can cleanse their bodies and minds with a full menu of facials, massages, and skin care services. Facials and peels aim to create stunning visages, while classic massage techniques help reduce muscle kinks and knots. Alternately, the seaweed body wrap and lavender leg and foot scrub use natural ingredients to ensure bodies feel clean and smooth. Thanks to its relaxing services and atmosphere, ZenzaSpa was named Best Spa in Bergen County in 2014 by (201) Magazine.
Housed within the intimate confines of the historic John G. Benson House, D2 Spa & Doula Services matches its cozy Dutch Colonial surroundings with signature massages that earned it a spot in the 2012 edition of InStyle's Beauty Black Book. The spa's team of seven nationally certified therapists customize massages to each client, soothing irritated tissue with gentle Swedish strokes or loosening up sluggish circulation with hot and cold stone therapy. Therapists also bring pairs together during their signature couples massages, which treat side-by-side spouses, friends, or off-duty firemen to bonding experiences ranging from aromatherapy-aided massages to red sea salt back exfoliations and steamy hot towel treatments.