The quest of self-dubbed “Green Beauty Queen,” a.k.a Valerie Mason-Robinson, to find the most effective products and treatments for skincare has reached as far as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There, her research taught her how environmental factors can impact the skin, which then sent her in search for natural and organic products as well as holistic treatments. Since founding Eden Organix, Ms. Mason-Robinson and her staff of aestheticians cosset bodies with facials, body wraps, salon services, and waxing treatments that celebrate her environmental activism with eco-friendly techniques and products.
Weary tourists and busy locals alike can unwind inside The Spa at the Heldrich, an urban oasis populated with Asian-inspired statues and gongs. A brigade of treatment rooms offers privacy during facials, massages, body wraps, and mani-pedis. The spa also features its own sauna for guests to sweat out the day’s stressors.
Certified massage therapist Asad Khan is no stranger to the power of natural healing or to hard work. Before opening Massaging the Soul, Asad persevered through 720 hours of extensive training at the National Holistic Institute to earn his massage license. In addition to trekking through the demanding program, he lost 60 pounds, relying solely on natural methods to do so.
At Massaging the Soul, Asad draws from his comprehensive education and personal experience, as well as the principles of yoga, meditation, and shamanic breath work, to connect with his clients and their individual needs through the art of massage. He specializes in Swedish and deep-tissue massage, but also works in the realms of shiatsu, hot stone, and aromatherapy. In some cases, Asad incorporates sound frequencies into treatments, as they may help clear the body's energy channels and compel any dogs in the vicinity to howl in perfect harmony.
At Nirvana Nails & Day Spa, the decor stands out. It's more than just fluorescent lights and mirrors. Stained-wood accents, a curtain of ivy-like plants across faux-stone walls, candles, flowers, and twinkling crystal light fixtures have the power to transport guests away from their day-to-day drudgery. Amid this decor, the staff offers spa treatments for men, women, and couples, including body treatments that complement a selection of facials, massages, and nailcare services.
At Therapeak Massage Clinic licensed massage therapists give treatments in private massage rooms—all blanketed in soft lighting and equipped with cushy tables. There, clients can enjoy services that range from deep-tissue and Swedish massage to more concentrated techniques for the back, neck, and shoulders. Some therapists specialize in prenatal massage, and others have advanced education in pediatric myofascial release. They can also customize treatments for children or dressed-up pets posing as children.
With more than 20 years of medical experience in the U.S., U.K., and India, Dr. Ram Chandra reels in his far-reaching skills to focus exclusively on beauty woes. At Anara MedSpa & Cosmetic Laser Center, named best medical spa by readers of New Jersey Monthly in 2011 and 2012, the certified aesthetic consultant combats unwanted hair, sun damage, and spider veins with advanced laser technology, while his team of aestheticians replenishes skin with traditional facials and chemical peels.
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