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.
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.
Alora Ambiance Spa owner Patricia Rivas has worked as a licensed aesthetician and skincare specialist for nearly a decade. Along the way, she's picked up advanced certifications in treatments such as cellulite-smoothing ionithermie and IPL hair removal, teamed up with Dr. Thomaso Skorupski, and assembled a staff of talented hairstylists, nail artists, and waxing specialists spread throughout two studios. There, staffers dole out specialty services, including eyelash perms and extensions, exfoliating salt-glow treatments, and facials that infuse faces with more oxygen and nutrients than a granola-filled balloon. Beyond stocking the shelves with aesthetic aids from such brands as Paul Mitchell, Matrix, and Pravana, Rivas is also the creator of the Ayurveda by Alora skincare line, which includes soap- and- sulfate-free cleansers, as well as body creams infused with white tea and vitamins C and E.
From its post inside the Hilton Hotel of Parsippany, Deluxe Spa attempts to live up to its name by offering head-to-toe spa services along with a number of luxurious hotel amenities. Guests 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.
The two tiers of Fusion Spa stack up with an elegance matched only, perhaps, by that of a wedding cake. Yet this haven for relaxation brings all the happiness of that sweet feast without the calories or the food fight between grandparents. Through a service menu that blends the modern sophistication of a med spa with the traditional indulgences of a spa, the double-decker retreat coddles both minds and bodies. On the main level, a roomy, open-concept sweeps guests across hardwoods, under high ceilings. Upstairs, in private rooms the color of a southwestern sunset,
bodies are pampered with relaxing massages, rejuvenating facials, and stunning spray tannings.
At Bella Capelli Hair Design Salon & Spa, a talented team of hair professionals, nail techs, and aestheticians pampers guests amid purple and yellow walls, surrounded by lush green plants. Stylists revitalize tresses with cuts, coloring, and a variety of straightening treatments. The staff, unlike slacker sculptors, also moves beyond the head by enhancing hands and feet inside a nail room, offering eight types of massage, and administering full-body waxing.