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 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.
The friendly staffers at Aura Salon Spa work their pampering wizardry in a large, modern space. The 30-minute express pedicure kicks off with a sole-softening soak, preparing feet to meet with the buffer and file. Next, cuticles and calluses are removed, stems are moisturized, and tootsies are topped with enough shiny color to garner envy from the Las Vegas Strip. The 30-minute basic manicure converts nails from their natural state of corporate-ladder-climbing claws to elegant, unruffled shapes. Cuticle care and a candy-colored coating complete turkey-stencil transformation.
While growing up in Ecuador, Jacqueline Cicala acquired an eye for fashion and beauty after participating in pageants and primping her loved ones. Upon relocating to the US, she earned a cosmetology degree and honed her skills in New York salons. She also studied theatrical makeup at Last Looks Makeup Academy and aesthetics and hair design at Artistic Academy. When she wasn't taking classes, she shadowed bridal and runway experts, participated in Fashion Week, and attended major trade shows.
After amassing more than a decade of experience, Jacqueline founded a boutique salon known as Blowout, where her team of seasoned stylists transforms customers with environmentally friendly beauty products such as Davines and Rahua. While they sculpt new hairdos with cuts, coloring, and extensions, customers can peruse the staff’s past work, which hangs proudly on the walls.
Jacqueline also started Looks, a Jefferson township hair and makeup service for weddings, private parties, television, and rodeo-clown tryouts. While she embellishes brides, she works with other stylists and uses only hypoallergenic products from brands such as MAC, Lancôme, and Trucco.
Upon entering Facelogic, guests encounter the curved lines and futuristic hues of the lobby area, where friendly staffers escort them away from the stressful outside world and help them settle in with a menu of luxurious services. Aestheticians skillfully daub men, women, teens, and beauty-conscious marble busts with signature facials and elite products culled from brands such as Facelogic, Peter Thomas Roth, Dr. Dennis Gross, and glo therapeutics. For full-body care, Facelogic's licensed massage therapists lavish statures with custom massages that help to improve circulation and melt tension in muscles. Guests can also groom their façades with South Seas airbrush spray tanning, waxing, and makeup application with glo mineral products.
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.
Believing that wellness springs from a variety of venues, Doctor of Chiropractic David Beck pulls from chiropractic care, nutrition and exercise counseling, spiritual-response therapy, and massage therapy when tailoring integrative-healthcare regimes. With a focus on reducing pain and healing injuries, Dr. Beck specializes in nonsurgical spine manipulations that can alleviate tension caused from bad posture, car accidents, or frequent bridge imitations. He educates as he heals, hoping to instill in guests the habits necessary for avoiding injuries and aches.