Bichelle Harrison, CMT, of The IT Girl Massage Therapy, eases stress and other aches and pains with an array of massage techniques. She attended the Steiner Training Academy in London and cut her teeth massaging thousands of guests on Celebrity Cruise Line. With a sense of relaxation worthy of a cruise, she can perform Swedish and deep-tissue massages using light to firm pressure. Or, she can employ hot lava stones or heated poultices with therapeutic herbs to stimulate and manipulate the muscles as well as a psychiatrist manipulates his dog into doing the chores. Bichelle also makes reflexology massages available to stimulate blood flow by focusing on the pressure points of the feet.
Helmed by Bena B. Won, a registered nurse and acupuncturist who blends Eastern and Western beauty practices, Sunrise Alternative Medical Clinic and its sister practice, Sunrise MedSpa, help patrons increase health and achieve individual cosmetic goals. The clinic’s diverse service menu runs the gamut from weight-loss programs to IV nutrition, with acupuncture treatments and chinese herbal medicines available to reroute off-balance energies or treat underlying causes of nagging discomfort. On the med-spa side, laser treatments from Cutera, facials, and injectables including Botox, Radiesse, and Juvéderm keep bodies looking as youthful as a mannequin’s undying sense of wonder.
At Skin Solutions Staten Island, the main focus is, of course, skin, and a team of aestheticians works to clear it of the many epidermal issues that can plague it. Some techniques are more advanced, including an extensive array of laser services that treat anything from age spots and acne to spider veins and loss of elasticity. There are cellulite treatments, too, as well as Botox injections and permanent-makeup applications. Cavi-lipo sessions use ultra-sonic waves to break up and push fat cells into the lymphatic system, sometimes resulting in improved muscle tone and lifted jowls and eyebrows.
More traditional therapies include several types of facials, such as glycolic peels and deep-pore cleansing. Body treatments nourish the skin with seaweed wraps or honey-almond scrubs, and massage therapy relaxes muscles with Swedish, hot-stone, or reflexology sessions.
At Jersey City Dental Spa, every trip to the dentist is a relaxing affair. To help put visitors at ease, Drs. Daniel Suh and Yohan Kim play soothing music in every room while patients recline in German-engineered dental chairs designed to provide comfort and support. Additionally, the staff keeps appointments brisk and efficient by using cutting-edge diagnostic technology such as digital x-rays and a 3D scanner. The office also doubles as a full-service spa, where massage therapists ease sore muscles and aestheticians carry out everything from revitalizing facials to eyelash extensions and leg waxing to remove unwanted eyelashes.