Superior Body Works houses an experienced staff of massage therapists, each one certified, licensed, and insured to ease tension, alleviate pain, and improve circulation. Each therapist utilizes a blend of motions to root out stiffness with the appropriate modality, from deep, targeted pressure to flowing, surface-level strokes. Inside private rooms, clients disrobe to their comfort level before climbing atop a plush treatment bed and shrouding themselves in a clean sheet or towel. Soft music trickles from a speaker as the therapist soothes rigid muscles on backs, arms, legs, and airbrushed T-shirts. Light oil or lotions swaddle the skin during treatment to hydrate the skin and prevent friction while hands glide over the surface.
The Spine Institute of New Jersey's chief chiropractic neurologist and physician, Dr. David Harris, leads a multidisciplinary team of acupuncturists and massage therapists. With a range of treatments at his disposal, Dr. Harris aims to dispatch mental stress and physical pain through electrically stimulated acupuncture needles and chiropractic adjustments. Alternatively, massages provide gentle pressure that relaxes the tense tissues and caramel centers under the skin.
Though he’s a licensed chiropractor, Dr. Vincent Saraceno doesn’t stop at the spine. The lead of Newark Pain and Rehab Center takes what he calls the “whole person approach” to medicine, covering any and all underlying causes of pain and prescribing treatments apt for an overall better quality of life. Clients can stop into his office—where staffers speak Spanish, Portuguese, and English—for an initial consultation, exam, and myriad treatments, including adjustments, physical therapy, and acupuncture.
To restore balance to their clients' body and minds, the team at Parapsychology & Wellness Center draws on many disciplines, including reiki therapy, aura purification, and astrology. Staff members also perform many types of readings. For instance, they might use tarot cards to look 6–12 months into the future, draw on numerology to reveal lucky numbers, or administer a character reading to help clients learn more about themselves, like whether or not they can actually lick their elbow.
Signature Service: Short cuts and perms
Brands Used: Mizzani, Design Essentials
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: No
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Pro Tip: Clean and cozy environment
Serene Dreams uses isolation and float therapy to soothe the minds and bodies of clients, including a reporter from WPIX morning news. The treatments use some of the most modern isolation tanks available, each filled with a special salt water solution warmed to the exact temperature of the body or a perfectly cooked hot pocket, 98 degrees. The tanks completely shut out outside noise and distractions, allowing clients to float effortlessly and fully relax and quiet their minds. Aside from instilling a feeling of weightlessness, the flotation therapy can also bring relief to physical complaints such as migraines, arthritis, and fibromyalgia, and additional benefits include softened skin, better circulation, and an enhanced immune system. By inducing meditation-like low-frequency brainwaves, the treatments can also help improve sleep cycles, enhance creativity, and alleviate some symptoms of depression, among other psychological effects.