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.
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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.
Colon hydrotherapy offers a way to hit the body's "reset" button and give it a fresh start, all while potentially alleviating painful gastrointestinal symptoms. Luz Botero and Magda Zabala—the center's owners and certified therapists—put clients at ease throughout each treatment. After explaining the procedure during a preliminary consultation, they give visitors complete privacy and space to prepare. Relaxing music, videos, and candles in the treatment room help create a soothing ambiance throughout the entire experience. Clients are in complete control of the water infusion during their treatment, although the therapists will stop by every 10 minutes or so to check in.
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.
Holistic nutritionist Angelina Helene says she "has learned to live on a higher vibration," but she still cares plenty about bodies living in the everyday, earthly realm. Through her company Wholistic Revolution, she addresses health issues such as hormonal imbalance, fatigue, and energy enhancement as well as cosmetic concerns such as cellulite and varicose veins.
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.