Hoboken Women's Wellness founder Mollie Bollers decided to devote her massage-therapy skills to caring for pregnant women, new mothers, and infants after the birth of her own daughter in 2004. Each massage therapist on her team has completed a minimum of 750 hours training each, in modalities such as Swedish massage and shiatsu, as well as 70 additional hours of pregnancy and baby-centric continuing education. Inside the soft lavender walls of the wellness center, therapists work with women in all stages pre- and post-pregnancy, working to help relieve discomfort, muscle cramping, and bad dreams about accidentally swallowing a beach ball. Mollie also strives to give back by offering massage to women at clinics in low-income communities and to the nurses at the Hoboken University Medical Center's labor-and-delivery unit.
If you didn't know Joseph Canova is a board-certified doctor of chiropractic, you might find it odd that he loves talking about stress. As a seasoned lecturer, he has traveled to numerous universities and organizations to discuss health-related issues such as stress management and treatment for injuries caused by automobile accidents. His words are echoed at Hoboken Integrated Healthcare, where he and his seasoned staff alleviate pain and conditions using integrated wellness services such as acupuncture, physical therapy, and spinal decompression, which is the simple act of telling aggravated vertebrae to “chill out, man.”
Chiropractor Dennis Barteck doesn't need scalpels and medication to cure what ails you. Instead, he practices noninvasive chiropractic techniques that advocate a gentler, more holistic approach to wellness. Using manual spinal adjustments, Barteck realigns vertebrae so they no longer pinch delicate nerve tissue or interrupt internal monologues with bursts of static. He also dispenses cold-laser therapy, which is designed to leave the skin unharmed as it helps the blood circulate at the site of injuries, and nutritional advice that can help patients lose the weight that stresses their bodies.
Isatis, forsythia, and echinacea are herbs that Dr. Christopher Trahan, Doctor of Oriental Medicine (O.M.D.), prescribes to treat many illnesses–herbs that have been used for centuries to treat a wide range of ailments. At Olympus Center, the doctor oversees a full pharmacy of both Western and Chinese botanicals. His extensive training—which took him to Sri Lanka, India, China, and across the United States— enables him to draw upon it effectively. He prescribes customized herbal regimens for patients after detailed consultations, in the form of concentrated powdered extracts, pills, liquid tinctures and homeopathic remedies.
As a Holistic Integrative Medicine physician, Dr. Trahan's utilizes an extensive combination of therapies, including homeopathy, nutritional guidance, and physiotherapies such as massage in addition to his herbal remedies and acupuncture. Dr. Trahan has served on the faculty of both the International Institute of Chinese Medicine and the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (O.M.D.), espoused the benefits of holistic natural medicine during numerous TV and radio appearances, and has written a number of published articles, whose topics include Traditional Chinese Medicine and Women's Health.
The Thai massage and facial treatments at Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa have received glowing praise from New York magazine and the New York Times, respectively, with the latter publication calling one of the salon's aestheticians “one of Hollywood’s best-kept secrets.” A-list celebrities, including Penélope Cruz and Christy Turlington, visit to receive exfoliating treatments and in-depth facials with high-end products from Shiseido, qiora, and La Mer. Founder Paul Labrecque treats his male and female clientele as friends and personally trains his staff in customer service and hand-to-hand combat against split ends. In addition to soothing skin during facials and microdermabrasion treatments, staffers massage muscles in eight different modalities. Their Eastern-inspired healing treatments, such as reiki and rolfing, honor the connection between the mind and body, and the salon and spa’s full list of services puts finishing touches on exteriors with haircare, makeup, and waxing, among other treatments. Each location hosts a separate, private men's salon that's part barbershop, part gentleman's club, and part knitting circle.
To become the perfect spa, one has to think like Perfect Spa. Or at least like its experienced staff, who have caught the attention of CBS News with their vast repertoire of massage, skincare, and alternative-wellness services. The staff tackle an expansive range of treatments, which include ear candling, during which an aesthetician places a waxed cloth in ears and safely lights the end. The flame's negative pressure works to remove years of buildup from ears, leaving them healthier and cleaner.
Organic Ilike, Yonka, and science-based G.M. Collins skincare products are used in the spa's staggering 10 different kinds of facials. The low-fat facial is designed to slim down faces using lymphatic drainage techniques, while the 24-karat gold facial brightens complexions using real gold sheets raided from Cleopatra’s personal stash. In the spa's a hotel-style lounge area, nail technicians beautify digits using CND, OPI, and Essie polishes as well as botanically infused products such as an avocado cuticle conditioner and green-tea mask.