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.
It's not often that a spa visit can teach you something. At Beneath The Surface Spa, however, the staff is dedicated to providing what they call a "guided experience," in which they offer detailed reasons for each step of the treatment and explain the unique needs of their clients' skin. All of the aestheticians are trained in the Image Skincare system, a cellular approach to facial freshening that evokes healthy colors and textures with products that are free of parabens, petrochemicals, and preservatives. This commitment to conscientious and informative treatments extends throughout the spa, where clients can reach their beauty goals through facials, waxing, and nail services that glorify digits with Essie, OPI, and Creative Nails nail polishes.
Located in New Providence's Village Shopping Center, Elements Therapeutic Massage is a professional massage studio that believes massage can be the answer to dealing with chronic pain and stress. Here, licensed massage therapists use deep strokes and focused pressure to relieve everything from muscle aches to back injuries. But before they do so, they make sure to listen to clients carefully so they can learn what ails them. This means every massage is a customized experience, like those choose-your-own-adventure movies that theaters can only project for one person at a time. And because massages by their nature increase circulation, the center believes the practice has benefits even beyond pain and stress relief.
The products at The Fountain of Youth Spa are safe enough to eat. Licensed skincare specialist Antonina swathes faces with 100% organic products, which help avoid free radicals and accelerated aging that can result from products that use chemicals. Antonina performs nine varieties of facials, which help to address skin conditions such as aging, redness and sensitivity, and dehydrated skin. The Fountain of Youth Spa also specializes in services such as waxing, body wraps, makeup applications, and massage therapy.