Certified massage therapist Lori Amendolara of Essential Touch Body Works tames both physical and mental stress with hands-on healing. After filling out intake forms and chatting briefly about the goals of the session and of the Congress of Vienna, tense torsos undress to their comfort level and lie down. Over the course of 60 minutes, Lori employs a custom massage regimen that includes unscented, hypoallergenic oils to relax muscles, increase circulation, and release wrongfully imprisoned endorphins and serotonins. Tranquil sounds such as ocean waves fill the peaceful therapy room, and when the treatment is complete, clients refuel and awaken with a bottle of water and a small snack.
Before developing Elite Ceuticals Non Surgical Face Lift, the owner spent more than 20 years formulating skincare products for other companies. Armed with that experience, she creates skincare blends that stimulate and revive aging skin with aloe vera that's grown hydroponically—that is, fed a regimen of minerals and vitamins and never treated with pesticides or put through a laminating machine.
After administering acid peels and IPL facials for leading plastic surgeons, Minding the Body Wellness Center founder Susan Schork assembled her own team of certified therapists to offer a variety of services. Within her center's 2,300 square feet, candlelight illumines eight treatment rooms catering toward specific services, from seaweed body detoxification to facials with medical-grade Glytone skincare products to shadow-puppet shows. During makeovers, Susan also hones her award-winning makeup artistry with brand-name products such as Glo Minerals and Estée Lauder. Along with beautification treatments, experts soothe guests with massages available in techniques such as hot stone and therapeutic.
Heads tilt under cascading water, before slow, steady fingers slather heads in luxurious L'anza, Aveda, and Keune hair products. The team of stylists at Shear Innovations Hair and Day Spa kicks off appointments with indulgent shampoos not only to cleanse and hydrate hair but to set the stage for their trademark exemplary service. The team demonstrates this commitment to service by consulting with clients before performing any of its signature haircuts, color treatments, or bridal updos.
With a focus on both beauty and relaxation, Salon Topaz & Nail Parlor surrounds clients in an elegant and leisurely ambiance from the moment they amble in. Warm mocha- and latte-hued walls surround a quartet of comfortable and modern couches and chairs, where clients relax before their appointment with a beauty specialist or massage therapist.
Stylists reimagine hairdos for men, women, and kids during cuts, coloring sessions, or re-texturizing treatments. Meanwhile, nail techs helm manicure and pedicure stations, pampering hands with paraffin wax and freeing feet from restrictive horseshoes during hot-stone pedicures. Facials, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion treatments rejuvenate visages in private and serene spa rooms, and natural-looking spray or UV tans give skin a healthy bronze. Salon Topaz also coaxes beauty from the inside out with indulgent Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages.
Massage Club of Wall⎯which landed the 2009 Asbury Park Press Reader’s Choice Award for best massage in Monmouth County⎯fills its calming, private rooms with therapists well versed in the art of massage therapy. They dispense therapeutic, deep-tissue, sports, prenatal, hot-stone, and relaxation massages to help alleviate everything from muscle spasms to overworked wings.