It's not often that a spa visit can teach you something. At Beneath The Surface Spa, however, the staff is dedicated to providing what they call a "guided experience," in which they offer detailed reasons for each step of the treatment and explain the unique needs of their clients' skin. All of the aestheticians are trained in the Image Skincare system, a cellular approach to facial freshening that evokes healthy colors and textures with products that are free of parabens, petrochemicals, and preservatives. This commitment to conscientious and informative treatments extends throughout the spa, where clients can reach their beauty goals through facials, waxing, and nail services that glorify digits with Essie, OPI, and Creative Nails nail polishes.
Located in a private, hardwood-floored massage room at Make Time Fitness, Bodysense serves the dual aim of reducing tension and easing exercise-related injuries. Therapist Debra Zingale performs a range of massage techniques, but she specializes in sports massage. During every session, she untangles muscle knots, warms problem areas with heated stones and towels, performs range-of-motion stretches, and chills achy joints with gentle, slow-motion snowball fights.
Frizzy hair, oily skin, aching muscles—all problems that can be remedied with a trip to Monark Salon & Spa. The salon’s stylists smooth disobedient strands with keratin treatments, change hues with Paul Mitchell hair products, and add volume and length to tresses with DreamCatchers extensions, which also store nightmares about falling out of the Goodyear blimp. Nail technicians can step in to enhance nails with OPI gel and acrylics, and aestheticians pamper visages with G.M. Collin skincare products. Beachgoers, can slip into the salon for body waxing, facial threading, and airbrush tanning before heading to the shore and finding an octopus to arm-wrestle.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health-and-wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 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.
Michael Olin studied massage at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, a school that takes a broad view of the subject. At his alma mater, Michael learned seven different modalities, which he now puts to use for his clients at Olin Heal Spa. He relieves stress and promotes blood flow with the gentle strokes of Swedish massage, or drills deep to relieve chronic tension or pain with deep tissue or trigger point therapy. Perhaps most unusually, he practices tui na, the principle form of Chinese medical massage. For this particular modality, he incorporates assisted stretching into his regular, hand-based massage techniques, with the goal of evening out the flow of energy through the body so that no particular organ gets an unfair electricity bill.
Nicole Wilkins, owner of Acupressure Massage Center of Morristown, trained in Thailand and studied at the Cortiva Institute before dedicating herself to bodywork. Now boasting a decade of experience, she leads a team of therapists who promote health and wellbeing through precision massage sessions. They untangle brawny knots with modalities such as Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massage, and target bodily systems with reflexology techniques and manual lymphatic drainage. Regular clients cite the sessions as the source of increased wellness indicators ranging from reduced stress and decreased anxiety to improved circulation and more accurate Stretch Armstrong impersonations.