As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone 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 hair-removal 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.
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.
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.
The licensed therapists at Lotus Spa coax stress out of frazzled life vessels through soothing customized massages in a tranquil, personalized environment. During the one-hour Lotus signature Swedish massage, a muscle manipulator coats the body in long, fluid strokes to melt away anxiety, untie stubborn knots, and transport guests onto a cloud shaped like a peace sign. The Swedish massage can improve concentration, boost circulation, and evict overstaying toxins from their body-abodes. The eager-to-please staff encourages clients to voice opinions on lighting, room temperature, Hemingway versus Fitzgerald, and massage pressure, and alters environment and technique accordingly.