A Touch of Heaven Salon Massage & Day Spa stocks a large inventory of well-respected pampering products. Nail technicians employ OPI and Gelish polish, and hairstylists primp tresses with smart Solutions, Redken, Sexy Hair, and KMS products. An assemblage of massage therapists and aestheticians performs indulgent work at the spa too, allying to relax and beautify their clients. They execute 10 varieties of massage, from the gentle, simple Swedish to the choreographed complexity of the four-handed massage—performed by two therapists or one octopus also juggling four tennis balls. They combine treatments of the body's inner tissues with herbal or peppermint-scented wraps to rejuvenate the outer layer.
Outside of the private rooms lies the salon proper, where stylists carefully ply their craft on the hair and nails of their patrons. They imbue locks with new color, wax away unwanted hair, and even provide spray tans to maintain a summery glow throughout winter's tenure.
The trickling waters of the Delaware River—located just outside the door of Belvidere Day Spa—give way to waves of relaxation as stylists and aestheticians pamper bodies with beauty, skincare, and massage services. Shears sing out in staccato clips as stylists inspire despondent scalps with fashionable cuts, ammonia-free organic color, and papier-mâché crowns of self-help essays. Facials tackle acne and signs of aging with Éminence and Puramed products, and strips of wax form frizzless runways on legs, arms, faces, and torsos. On the other side of the spa, nail technicians polish natural and acrylic nails, and licensed massage therapists extract stress from muscles.
Serenity Bodyworks massage therapist Susan Rocca-Krisanda does more than knead shoulders. One client claims that the therapist's massages leave her feeling like "melted butter"; another says that she never wants to leave the massage table. Susan helps patrons forget about stress at work or rivalries at the bowling alley with therapies that range from deep-tissue pressure to hot-stone massages that siphon stress from the muscles and joints.
When they aren't mending muscles with traditional Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports techniques, the therapists at Medical Massage for Health & Healing target stubborn knots with hot stones and bamboo. Another specialty is the Thai-stem coconut massage, a tropical treatment steeped in Asian skincare techniques. During this treatment, therapists rub skin with a steamed coconut oil that's flush with antioxidants and natural anti-aging properties, a procedure that leaves the body's surface like Pluto's surface after a collision with an asteroid belt: soft and silky smooth.
The setting is equally relaxing. A trickling fountain soothes guests as they lounge in the waiting room, which takes on a warm, orange glow thanks to an electric fireplace. Inside the private massage room, roses adorn a swirling wall ornament and anatomical charts pinpoint the location of the elusive funny bone.
Owner and artistic director Joseph Bordonaro has a full repertoire of experience training with Vidal Sassoon, Frederic Fekkai, Wella, Tigi, and Nick Arrojo. His continuing education recently earned him and his team certifications as Wella Colors of the World colorists, as well as his specialization in haircutting techniques. His philosophy for continuously expanding one’s skill set is followed by his staff of stylists, massage therapists, and nail technicians. They keep up-to-date on techniques such as advanced multi-color foil highlights, hot-stone massages, and artistic nail designs.
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