Board-certified doctor Gisele Castelluber heads up a team of beauty professionals dedicated to fighting signs of aging wherever they crop up. Guests dressed in spa robes can relax during European facials and services that merge spa-level comfort with cutting-edge technology stolen directly from NASA. Dr. Castelluber, an authority on anti-aging techniques, oversees the spa’s hormone treatments, weight-loss planning, and beauty injections.
Situated within the Meadowlands Athletic Club, Spa @ MAC helps clients unwind with a complete menu of spa services. The therapists soothe sore muscles with a variety of massages, including tropics-themed massages that invigorate the senses with mango, lime, or orange-peel scents. The resident skin specialists also extract toxins with deep-cleansing facials or detoxifying body wraps that use seaweed or mud.
There's no fire beneath the bright white mantelpiece at Substance Salon—its ornate carvings and noble busts simply cement a chic ambiance. However, clients can still warm up with sips of gourmet coffee as they wait for their appointed stylists. The salon staff carries the sophistications of the reception area to each of their stations, where they handcraft 'dos based on the tastes of clients. Pureology products help them wash and blow-dry strands into eye-catching arrays, such as the voluminous Bombshell or the Bohemian—breezy waves that wrap around a full-size acoustic guitar.
Master barber Manny oversees the hot-towel shaves and soothing scalp massages on the gentlemen's menu. The salon also has an entire department devoted to brides-to-be—Styling the Bride—whose members travel to clients throughout New York and New Jersey. Their hair and cosmetic expertise, which results in dazzling updos and radiant makeovers, has been featured on The Knot.
Using organic products that are free of parabens, trained aestheticians administer nine different types of facials with products and techniques customized for all skin types. Facial varietals include acne facials, balancing facials, and the Balneo signature facial, during which an aesthetician applies a peel, massages muscles, and slathers on two hydrating masks. For bodies, they shoo away stress and lurking pet parrots with multiple massage modalities such as aromatherapy massage, hot-stone massage, deep tissue, Swedish, and reflexology. They also combine their services into relaxing spa days, ranging in duration from 90 minutes to more than 2 hours.
With training gained from every corner of the globe, Dr. Lawrence Petracco's team of specialists—which includes chiropractors, a physical therapist, and an acupuncture expert—take a preventative, whole-body approach to assuaging physical aches. In addition to examining spines and realigning rogue disks during basic chiropractic sessions, Dr. Petracco draws from his professorial expertise in manipulations under anesthesia, which uses advanced states of relaxation to achieve more thorough adjustment of muscles and connective tissues. The team boosts their patients' well-being from every angle, honing in on muscle pains with massage services and physical therapy while optimizing inner health by prescribing personalized exercises and diets in lifestyle and nutritional counseling sessions.
Sulis, The Spa at Melandre borrows its name from the healing waters of Bath, England, where throngs of people once flocked to bask in the rejuvenating steam of the city's natural springs. But though the focus on health and replenishment remains the same, Sulis has expanded upon the spa traditions of 1,000 years ago to treat clients to a host of modern amenities, as well as décor and healing practices borrowed not just from the ancient bathhouses, but also from around the world.
Visitors are first greeted by a stone carving of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and happiness, before they are ushered to lush changing rooms. There, they find stone-tiled showers that pay homage to the limestone aquifers of Bath, along with plush robes, slippers, and towels. From there, guests can head to the modern tranquility room to enjoy a cup of tea, listen to peaceful music, and inhale soothing aromatherapy, or they can skip straight to their treatment and save the unwinding for later.
Aside from pampering clients from head to toe, transformative services aim to enhance the health and beauty of hair, skin, nails, and spirits. Hair-removal services use natural ingredients such as a sugar paste, which removes hair in the direction of growth, or an antimicrobial botanical wax. Facials and body treatments cleanse and exfoliate the skin to remove dead cells, blackheads, and clothing that’s been super glued on. A foot bath and warm herb neck towel prep clients for a Swedish-style massage that uses long strokes, various depths of pressure, and essential oils to knead out knots and improve circulation. Meanwhile, airbrush-makeup application enhances features for special events and daily affirmations in front of the mirror, and clients can easily replicate the results at home using Bare Minerals makeup, which is available for purchase in the spa.
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