Day Spa in Princeton Meadows

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When clients arrive in Spa Zara's waiting room, the sophisticated artwork and living-room-style decor puts them at ease. But the organic Hungarian body- and skincare products are what bring them back; combined with body scrubs, the products, chock-full of fruit extracts and collagen serums, elevate services to a blissful level. After exchanging hazmat suits for Spa Zara's robes and slippers, patrons indulge with facials, skin treatments, and massages all customized to their particular concerns. The spa designates the Relaxation Room for pre- and posttreatment sips of complimentary fresh juices, organic tea, and coffee from china cups.

350 Forsgate Dr.
Monroe Township,
NJ
US

As the name implies, OM Central Jersey Massage & Yoga pairs massage therapy with yoga classes. The combination works to relieve pain associated with arthritis, sciatica, shoulder injuries, and knee or hip replacements. The studio's massage therapists employ numerous modalities, such as Swedish and myofascial release, and incorporate aromatherapy for added relaxation. Yoga instructors draw from several styles as well. Anusara and Iyengar yoga both focus on correcting one’s alignment during poses, whereas Kundalini yoga teaches breathing exercises and chants that help alleviate emotional and physical suffering.

666 Plainsboro Rd Bldg 600, suite 635
Plainsboro Township,
NJ
US

The skincare specialists at each independently owned and operated Facelogic Spa follow the same mantra: to bring out the best in each client. To do this, the technicians work through a brief questionnaire and skin analysis to determine which of the menu’s 10-plus facials best suit each client's skin. Signature facials rely on Facelogic’s own Signature skincare line, which uses botanical-based formulas and advanced cosmetic and pharmaceutical combinations to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize. The Elite facial covers skin with products from brands such as Peter Thomas Roth, Éminence, and Image Skincare. All facials include an arm-and-shoulder massage, and can be enhanced with a range of add-ons, including chemical peels and sonnets composed by the aesthetician.

761 Route 33
East Windsor,
NJ
US

The staff at MingHuiwu Massage Spa soothes aches and alleviates stress with massages in a slew of modalities. Swedish treatments lull clients into states of tranquility, deep-tissue massages target more persistent aches, and foot massages include relaxing, aromatic foot soaks. The licensed massage therapists can also skip stones across achy muscle pools with a relaxing hot-stone massage.

1330 Disabled American Veterans Highway
Skillman,
NJ
US

Wachena Woodard—a licensed massage therapist with more than 9 years of experience— has worked in chiropractic offices and with professional athletes—uses all modalities from myofascial release to trigger point therapy to ease tension, reduce stress, improve circulation, and cultivate inexplicable longings for ready-to-assemble furniture. She also specializes in honing in on discomfort from car-accident pains, pinched nerves, and sports-related injuries.

20 Nassau Street
Princeton,
NJ
US

Signature Service: Clinical and effective massage therapy
Brands Used: Biotone Hypoallergenic Massage Gel and Biotone Polar Lotion
Reservations/Appointments: Required
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Established: 2010
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Metered street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: My clients often say they have never experienced a massage that was so focused and attentive.

Q&A with the Massage Therapist

Sometimes the little things make all the difference. Do you bake any supplementary services into your main services?
My full-body massages always include targeted foot and hand work as well as concentrated time to remedy exactly what my clients point out as centers of pain and discomfort. I never perform a routine on autopilot to get paid and get the client out without a minute to spare.

Do you agree with the phrase "beauty is on the inside?" Why or why not?
Because "the rose's rarest essence lives in the thorns." Rumi said that ... sounds good to me.

What's the most common beauty mistake you see people make? What would you recommend they do instead?
Lack of self-confidence. When individuals read, meditate, and spend time in silence getting to know themselves, they are far more comfortable in their own skin—and no beauty technique can be more enhancing.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Massage therapy is a proactive choice that individuals of all backgrounds and income levels can enjoy as a commitment of wellness. Too often do we get burdened by debilitating physical pains and stressors. If we all took the time to get regular massages and invest in our own physical and mental state of well-being, it would prolong a healthier, happier life.

27 Witherspoon Street
Princeton,
NJ
US