Mary Ellen Connelly brings a lot to the table. Aside from being a licensed massage therapist, she's a nutrition expert and personal trainer with résumé cred at a health center and multiple New Jersey spas. She uses her unique perspective to tailor Swedish and deep-tissue therapy to clients' bodies as well as their lifestyles. Mary Ellen also ramps up relaxation with bodywork add-ons, such as aromatherapy oils to calm visitors' minds and peppermint cream to exfoliate and moisturize their feet.
Eastpointe Health and Fitness takes an integrative approach to wellness. The staff includes chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, physical therapists, fitness instructors, nutritionists, and personal trainers. To accommodate this wide array of services, the facility is broken down into rooms for wellness treatments, two fitness studios for classes such as yoga and Zumba, and a gym with complimentary childcare.
Bellissimo the Salon's team of stylists have trained at prestigious salon programs, including Paul Mitchell, and they keep up with their style schooling, attending seminars to stay abreast of trends and changes in the industry. Perhaps its this focus on continuing education that allows them to perform such an array of beautifying procedures. Hair services range from cuts and colors to perms and keratin treatments, and other spa treatments include massages in several modalities, teen and anti-aging facials, and head-to-toe waxing.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of related industries—particularly massage therapy, where he observed especially rapid growth. As the spa industry continued to expand, he noticed that hardly any nationally recognized brands resulted from that growth. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to fill that niche with a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa. Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 12 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.
Dr. Henry Roth draws upon knowledge gleaned during stints with the 1988 U.S. Olympic team. During his intensive period of training in Carnegie Hall, Dr. Roth honed manual-therapy techniques to treat repetitive overuse syndrome in the dancers and musicians of the classical stage. He brings this experience to his practice at Health in Hand Massage Therapy Center, where he calls upon an array of massage modalities to help muscles recover from slouching or taking shortcuts home through live hockey games. Among his many specialties, which includes treating acute sciatica, the doctor’s exclusive Rothstone technique employs Y-shaped stones to emit soothing warmth deep into the body’s structures. When not healing muscles of their many maladies, Dr. Roth trains up-and-coming therapists at the Red Bank Holistic Learning Center.
On Salon TJ’s menu, there are no spa services. Underneath the rectangular ceiling lights illuminating the salon's lime-green walls and polished hardwood floors, stylists do one thing and one thing only—hair. Owner Timmy Joo draws on more than two decades of experience to trim tresses and color bland strands. Clients may also request one of the salon's specialties: keratin or japanese straightening treatments that reduce frizz and fortify hair.
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