The staff of Montclair Therapeutic Massage Center doesn’t believe that comfort should come at the cost of environmental responsibility. Parking spots outside the shop hold places for fuel-efficient cars, and ADA-approved showers treat bicycling clients to a pre-massage rinse. The center’s certified massage therapist, Mary Wetherill, boasts a wealth of knowledge about human physiology that she gathered studying neuromuscular therapy, writing a book on treating diabetes with massage, and attending a pre-medical dissection course. With an advanced knowledge of the human body, Mary tends to bodies plagued by pains, migraines, and curved spinal alignment with a handful of massage styles. Her co-worker, Cristy May SyCip, leads relaxing restorative-yoga sessions, holding a single pose or a slow-paced snoring cadence for 3–10 minutes.
Sahana Spa's India-themed spaces mix modern amenities with the beauty of ancient Eastern wisdom. Handmade Indian artifacts, Sundãri skincare products, and several chocolaty colors welcome clients to the spa. Staff members then lead guests to treatment suites that are equipped with iPod-docking stations, individual temperature controls, and absolutely no bears. This is the perfect setting for them to knead away stress with indulgent bamboo and hot-stone massages or administer a Sahana-Vedic facial. Over in the nail lounge, technicians pretty up nails with various mani-pedis.
The licensed body sculptors at Essential Body Contours help to smooth puckered stretches of cellulite with soothing FDA-approved Endermologie Lipomassage treatments. During each 40-minute treatment, a skilled technician employs the suction and massage capabilities of a mechanical module designed to boost lymphatic flow and circulation and tickle stubborn fat cells into releasing their precious lipids. Though most patients require at least 3–10 treatments for optimal results, local blood and lymph flow may increase up to 400% and skin-firming collagen production may improve up to 100% after a single procedure. As patients relax in the comfort of their specially designed Endermowear bodysuit, the healing strokes of the robo-treatment evoke a feeling similar to a deep therapeutic massage or a warm hug from a vacuum cleaner.
Patrons at Elements Therapeutic Massage pair up with the therapist best qualified to address specific personal issues and concerns. Therapists then spend time with clients, gathering information about their conditions before customizing massages. During the massage, the therapists intuitively blend a variety of modalities, such as deep tissue, Swedish, and trigger-point therapy.
Throughout the process, the therapist keeps communication going. The team uses a system by which clients can communicate the desired level of pressure; level 1 corresponds to long, light strokes over superficial muscles, and level 4 uses some force to root out embedded knots. Through this system, the therapist can get at all depths of tension while remaining well within the client’s comfort zone.
The massage therapists and aestheticians at Royal Serene House shun noxious odors and synthetic compounds for spa products that are natural and organic. The result is most immediately noticed by the nose, as the fragrance of lime leaf, apricot, and mango body scrubs swirl through the air while their sugars slough off dead skin cells. Mud from the Baltic Sea, seaweed from Norway, and Bohemian black organic fango clay keep facials free of chemicals as they draw out toxins and oils.
Jill named her practice Massage for Health & Wellness for a reason. Her services are not only relaxing but good for the body as well. She's even certified in cancer and mastectomy massage. A graduate of the Essex Group Institute for Massage and Bodywork, she's a card-carrying member of the ABMP, an organization with high ethical standards and requirements.
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