Since graduating from Center for a Balanced Life in 1995, Ericka Hakanson has been adding to her repertoire of bodywork skills. She has worked alongside chiropractors, learned the energy theories of reiki, and polished her hot-stone massage techniques to a radiant gleam while working in a variety of medical and spa settings. Clients reap the benefits of Ericka's experience when they settle onto her treatment table at Pure Serenity Inc. Sessions incorporate traditional massage or a smattering of reiki, and can be geared toward pure relaxation or doctor-prescribed health goals.
Salon Fusion’s team of six stylists tends to tresses with luxurious products from Brazilian Blowout, Moroccan Oil, and Aquage. Deft scissor hands shape unruly locks into custom ’dos, lengthen tresses with Babe extensions, and smooth strands with advanced Brazilian blowouts, which boost shine more subtly than a teaspoon of mirror shavings. To complement head-hair services, seasoned techs can also wax away unwanted stubble throughout the body, bronze physiques with Fake Bake spray tans, and enhance facial features with expertly applied makeup.
Trained massage therapist Sharon Madison incorporates more than 20 years of experience—including time spent working for the University of Minnesota Athletic Division—into each treatment she performs at Heart and Soul Bodywork. Offering custom massage, energy-work, and spa-detox treatments, she is well versed in myofascial-release, trigger-point, and hot-stone therapies as well as acupressure and reflexology. Madison also brings bodies back into balance with the reinvigorating powers of reiki energy work, and sports massages reduce the pain and swelling athletes may experience after doing arm curls with the Stanley Cup.
Home to the state's largest freestanding bouldering island, New Jersey Rock Gym houses 12,000 square feet of vertical terrain to climb as well as 41 top roping stations. Armed with either day passes or membership, guests scamper up the gym's synthetic summits, hoping to ask questions of the learned ceiling light sequestered at the top of the mountain. While gear is included with some membership options, guests can opt to bring their own materials or rent the individual shoes ($5), harnesses ($4), or chalk bags ($2) they need from the pro shop. New Jersey Rock Gym offers a collection of educational course work in the vertical arts, teaching belay technique to beginners or advanced skills to adults. Children can also take advantage of youth climbing programs, mini camps, and birthday parties before retiring to private refreshment chambers to absorb bottles of electrolyte-infused refreshment. The nearby pro shop outfits climbers with name-brand gear for purchase, while a WiFi lounge transmits terabytes of data into nearby electronic devices or unsecured cyborg brains.
Envy Skin Clinic's staff includes a team of aestheticians and nurse injectors who work to extend the appearance of youth with minimally invasive procedures. Like a successful intergalactic empire, the team lets powerful lasers do most of the dirty work, employing a variety of beams designed to whisk away hair, reduce fat, and clarify the skin's surface. If subdermal intervention is required, however, units of wrinkle-smoothing Botox and Juvederm are available to help smooth faces from the inside out.
Under the direction of Dr. Scott Jenkins, a board-certified plastic surgeon, the staff at Sedona Skin Spa tends to aesthetic needs with lasers, skincare, and dermal fillers. Each staff member is certified in laser treatments that help to remove unwanted hair, resurface complexions, or tighten the skin. The well-equipped aestheticians also can perform facials, microdermabrasion, and peels using products from SkinMedica and Image Skincare. Meanwhile, a certified nurse injection specialist can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and furrows with FDA-approved injectables. The spa now offers Visia technology services- using this service, an aesthetician is able to offer a complexion analysis in less than a minute– providing insight into the different areas of health and appearance that can be affected by natural wear and tear.