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.
Led by spa-keeper Susan Schork, Minding the Body Wellness Center's team of specialists spruces up and detoxify bodies in a relaxing 2,300-square-foot space. Private hydrotherapy sessions feature an adjustable-height seating table and employ filtered water sterilized by ultraviolet light. Treatments are designed to maintain vital nutrients in the body, which ensure a healthy colonic environment free of full-contact Red Rover. Colonic irrigation cleanses bodies with a comfortable temperature, pressure, and flow of liquid, helping banish the unfriendly bacteria that prohibit proper absorption of nutrients and liquids. Introductory sessions are 30 minutes, and second and third treatments take one hour each, evacuating unwanted waste from intricate systems of melancholy caverns.
At Stiso Chiropractic and Massage Therapy, Dr. Frank R. Stiso and his staff specialize in alleviating the full spectrum of back and neck problems. With a team that includes a certified chiropractic sports physician and a board-certified disability analyst, the staff combats ailments such as sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, sports injuries, and arthritis pain. A massage therapist augments the chiropractic services with massages in many modalities, ranging from soothing Swedish treatments to deep tissue and sports massages targeted to root out muscle pain caused by strenuous chess matches.
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.
Whether stopping by for a quick haircut or manicure or devoting a whole day to facials and massages, trained staff members pamper guests of Milagro Spa amid soothing amenities. Visitors don robes and lounge in the relaxation area after their services are complete, basking in the glow that only an expertly administered mud wrap or nearby anglerfish can provide. Thoughtful touches such as onsite childcare ensure youngsters stay safe and happy while adults unwind.
Health First Weight Loss offers patients the tools and support they need to push bodies into fat-burning mode. Dr. Christopher Kawa works to develop and administer a mélange of weight-loss programs, starting with a computerized health assessment. From there, the staff might suggest body wraps to tighten and tone physiques, detoxifying infrared-sauna sessions, or even low-impact strength-training sessions using joint-safe whole-body vibration. A new phenomenon called ZenFrames soothes the mind with a calculated dance between light and sound, allowing clients to better focus on their weight loss, especially during thunderstorms.