From its posts inside the Hilton Hotel of Parsippany and the Westminster Hotel of Livingston, Deluxe Spa attempts to live up to its name by offering head-to-toe spa services along with a number of luxurious hotel amenities. Clients can receive customized facials and massages that utilize fruit extracts, marine botanicals, and aromatherapy. After treatments, they can enjoy free rein over the hotel pool, whirlpools, and fitness center. During this extended spa day, guests can leave their day-to-day worries behind, and instead spend the day talking in an English accent and pretending to be 367th in line for the throne.
Gabanti Salon & Spa’s full juice bar, cozy fireplace, and gently heated floors demonstrate owner Denise Oliveto’s attention to detail and commitment to customers’ comfort. Every eight minutes, a double-filtered, sanitizing air-circulation system refreshes the interior of the two-story facility, where stylists coif chic styles in the spacious salon, and licensed cosmetologists perform beauty services in the tranquil day spa. If desired, clients can bring in photographs of their favorite looks for stylists and makeup artists to replicate, allowing mascara ignoramuses to take their Robert Smith impersonations to Vegas. Nail technicians apply lacquers to fingertips, cosmetologists target problems such as acne, aging, and allergies with custom facials, and massage therapists draw on a variety of techniques to ease aches and pains. Signature wedding packages, which include limousine services and exclusive use of the facility, pamper brides-to-be and their wedding parties with hair, makeup, and spa services.
Harmony Heals is owned by Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals member Melissa Stein, who uses her trained hands to thwart tension and help her clients find physical and mental serenity. Her specialty is classic Swedish massage, during which she employs long, flowing strokes to gradually relax both the superficial muscles and the nervous system, and often incorporates light lotion or oil to reduce friction and soften the skin. Unlike some massage therapists who augment their services with the sounds of howler monkeys playing in their natural habitat, Melissa plays soothing music during each of her massages, and invites clients to disrobe to their desired comfort level rather than donning the traditional backless hot-dog costume.
Licensed massage therapist Peter Eichler sharpened his therapeutic touch at the Sedona School of Massage, where he learned to blend deep-tissue techniques with bodywork such as reiki and sound therapy to sideline chronic tension. Peter also specializes in trauma release therapy, bodywork from an emotional perspective, and performs hospice and autism massages to calm the nervous system.
It took a trip to Sedona, Arizona, to rekindle Kathy Zagorski’s passion for Japanese reiki treatments. Inspired by the natural beauty and energies of the high desert, Kathy decided to rededicate her life to helping clients overcome everything from stress to chronic pains through the use of reiki. Kathy asks her clients to lie on a massage table—still fully clothed or clad in chainmail—and concentrate on their breathing. She then proceeds to place her hands on various points of the body, searching for signs of blocked or restricted energetic flow. By redirecting the body’s natural energies and helping clear these blockages, Kathy restores a sense of balance between the mind, the body, and the spirit. This sense of balance can help alleviate the physical and emotional symptoms of conditions such as anxiety, depression, and grief.
Healthy skin is the main focus at Organic Rose Day Spa, which is why the team of knowledgeable technicians uses only organic and natural skincare products from Dermalogica, Rhonda Allison, and GiGi Honee. During advanced skincare treatments, aestheticians can customize each of nine traditional spa facials to complement any skin type, from calming redness with a cooling seaweed mask and minimizing sunspots with a vitamin C serum to smoothing fine lines with an anti-aging caviar cleanser. The spa's advanced skincare technology helps foster healthy, glowing complexions using chemical peels and microdermabrasion to exfoliate away sunspots, blue and yellow LED light therapy for fine lines and acne, and microcurrent technology to lift sagging skin.
The versatile aestheticians can provide more than simply skincare, including services to embellish bikini areas with decorative vajazzling, colorful hair dye, or hair designs that shape strands into hearts, stars, and Magic Eye pictures.