Dr. Thomas Neef works to help patients avoid surgery while still achieving their personal aesthetic goals. By avoiding scalpels and sutures, the team at Advanced Skin Care Center MedSpa delivers rejuvenation without downtime and scars. Instead, their instruments of choice include lasers that zap body hair, spider veins, and fine lines instead of burning CDs for mediocre barbershop quartets. In the treatment rooms, light-therapy devices help reduce hyperpigmentation beneath racks of PCA skincare products.
Additionally, Dr. Neef's office offers a permanent makeup expert, Lynda Wilson. Through Permanent Makeup by Lynda, she applies permanent eyeliner, eyebrows, and lipliner, full lip makeup, or beauty marks. Having been in the beauty industry since 1976, Lynda is licensed and insured, and has also served as President of the State of Delaware Board of Cosmetology.
Whenever they mend a set of muscles, the therapists at Serenity Massage & Body Work draw upon years of extensive certification trials and training hours. It's that same dedication to their craft that helped them master massage techniques ranging from gliding Swedish strokes to targeted deep tissue pressure. They deploy these moves during individual sessions, helping clients reap benefits ranging from stress relief and reduced pain to lower blood pressure and better range of motion. In addition to their solo services, team members also double up for signature "four hands" sessions, and help couples steal romantic moments during side-by-side couples massages.
Gold-framed mirrors, Buddha statues, a spiral staircase, and purple accent walls lend an eclectic yet relaxed vibe to Skin Care Studio by kat, where aesthetician Kat Cabrera pampers her clients with signature services and products from A Natural Difference and shea butter/coconut creams and sugar scrubs made on-site with all-natural ingredients. In addition to classic spa treatments, such as facials, eyelash extensions, and waxing, she administers four types of chemical peels and dermaplaning—a treatment that uses a blade to oust unwanted hair and dead skin cells at the same time.
Bliss Unisex Day Spa's exposed brick, flowing red and green curtains, Persian rugs, and bucolic mural and artwork inform the staff's sense of aesthetic splendor. The staff renders a number of services, from haircuts and partial highlights to skin treatments and pedicures. They even bundle them together into packages, such as the romance package, which lasts about four hours and includes a body polish with a choice of scent, a one-hour classic massage, and a manicure and spa pedicure.
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 waxing 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.
Doctor of Chiropractic Stacy Cohen founded First State Health & Wellness shortly after he received his degree from New York Chiropractic College in 1984. Since then, his center has expanded to seven locations and welcomed aboard 12 other chiropractic physicians.
Each location features traditional adjustment techniques and Activator tools that rapidly and gently prod trouble spots. A few locations feature specialty techniques such as the Newark location's high-tech subluxation scanning and the Wilmington location's adjustable Thompson Terminal Point table made up of several different cushions that help it morph into an even more therapeutic surface: a ping-pong table.
Dr. Cohen and his staff complement their chiropractic touch with acupuncture, massage, and nutritional counseling services, which are overseen by the center's own licensed acupuncturists and certified massage therapists. Together, the team's collective efforts have been awarded The News Journal's Reader's Choice Award for Best Chiropractic Office in 2010, 2011, and 2012, as well as the BBB's Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics in 2003 and 2009.
Building on traditional UV, spray, and airbrush tanning, the crew at Self Indulgence guides its clients through technologically advanced, self-service spa services that include infrared body wraps and water-jet HydroMassages controlled by a touchscreen. Brighter smiles enhance tans after a ShineWhite LED treatment, and a traditional sauna kept at 170–180 degrees Fahrenheit gives clients a chance to kick out squatting toxins.