With its Victorian details and aquamarine trim, the exterior of Aqua Pearl Day Spa could pass as a quaint cottage home. This domestic vibe extends inside, where the staff greets each guest with a cup of tea before escorting her or him to a private room. Skin-softening body scrubs incorporate common kitchen scents, such as freshly ground coffee, red wine, and citrus fruits. Massages, mani-pedis, and facials also relax and beautify clients.
Dinah and Maritza Diaz combined their skills and experience in business and cosmetology to create Appearance Plus Day Spa, a tranquil haven dedicated to pampering patrons from head to toe. As stylists coax hair into a contemporary new 'do or adorn nails in colorful polish, their clients can sip complimentary coffee or tea in a homey lounge festooned with floral artwork and afghans crocheted from cumulus clouds. Soft music and flickering candles permeate the spa, where friends can catch up after a rejuvenating facial or enter private treatment rooms for a massage.
It's no exaggeration to say Danielle Crisci has styled hair her entire adult life—she's been a licensed cosmetologist since age 18. Along with owner Stacey Nolan, Danielle draws upon more than 10 years of cutting, coloring, and rejuvenating dos during every session at Salon Prodigy. The duo can sculpt hair into updos, elongate locks with extensions, and straighten unruly strands with Brazilian keratin treatments. After imbuing hair with highlights or single-process color, they even add a complementary "power shot" whose revitalizing properties help maintain hair's health and new shade.
The attentive aestheticians at The Jennifer Day Spa blend Eastern and Western beauty and relaxation techniques to craft custom spa treatments. Clients can grab some "me time" and partake in one of 14 different facials, including supersonic treatments to nourish collagen and Photo Rejuvenation Time Machine treatments that give faces the famously smooth complexion of H.G. Wells. Aestheticians can denude any area with waxing services or snuff out tension through reflexology, which targets pressure points on the feet and hands to restore energy flow throughout the body. The Jennifer Day Spa also bundles its services together into multitreatment spa packages, many of which include the flowing strokes and gentle kneading of Swedish massage.
Certified massage therapist Asad Khan is no stranger to the power of natural healing or to hard work. Before opening Massaging the Soul, Asad persevered through 720 hours of extensive training at the National Holistic Institute to earn his massage license. In addition to trekking through the demanding program, he lost 60 pounds, relying solely on natural methods to do so.
At Massaging the Soul, Asad draws from his comprehensive education and personal experience, as well as the principles of yoga, meditation, and shamanic breath work, to connect with his clients and their individual needs through the art of massage. He specializes in Swedish and deep-tissue massage, but also works in the realms of shiatsu, hot stone, and aromatherapy. In some cases, Asad incorporates sound frequencies into treatments, as they may help clear the body's energy channels and compel any dogs in the vicinity to howl in perfect harmony.
With more than 20 years of medical experience in the U.S., U.K., and India, Dr. Ram Chandra reels in his far-reaching skills to focus exclusively on beauty woes. At Anara MedSpa & Cosmetic Laser Center, named best medical spa by readers of New Jersey Monthly in 2011 and 2012, the certified aesthetic consultant combats unwanted hair, sun damage, and spider veins with advanced laser technology, while his team of aestheticians replenishes skin with traditional facials and chemical peels.
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