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.
Founded by an interventional pain physician and a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation, Performance Spine & Sports Medicine takes a team-oriented approach to treating injury and illness. The interdisciplinary, nonsurgical institute develops a physician-directed plan for each client that may incorporate physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments with a whole-body approach, and acupuncture. These plans address anything from herniated discs and sprains to migraines and chronic pain. Whether the experts are treating nervous-system maladies or assessing sports performance with OptoJump technology and simulated locker-room pep talks, they continually check in with each patient to make sure treatments meet individual needs.
At Tybee’s Massage Mini Spa, a team of therapists draws on a diverse repertoire of relaxing therapies to help patients conquer stress and aches. Their services include full-body Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue massages, as well as targeted massages for the back and shoulders, feet, and neck.
With a workspace that spans 13,000 square feet and two stories, Lawrence SpaRex has plenty of room to pamper its clients privately and comfortably. Tucked away from all the nail treatments, haircuts, and massages, the facility’s dry sauna relaxes visitors with infrared panels that warm the body like natural sunlight without the potential damaging effects of UV rays. Layers of seaweed clay coat the walls not only in the sauna but also throughout the facility, providing a healthy alternative to paint and a more practical alternative to silly string.
Though their studio’s name suggests otherwise, licensed massage therapist Tamara Giacomozzi and her staff remain focused on the present. When a client walks in to Ancient Arts Healing Center for a massage or naturopathic medical treatment, they devote all of their attention to the act of healing in the here-and-now. This client-centered approach is evident in all aspects of the studio, from the specialized medical practitioners on staff to the lotion bar that allows clients to choose custom scents for their massages.
Ancient Arts must be doing something right, because it has earned the Readers’ Choice award for “Best Massage” in the Trentonian for the past two years. The studio’s therapists earned that honor by mastering 12 massage styles, some of which incorporate cold marble stones, herbal packs, hot stones, and aromatic oils. Aside from the flagship massages, a slate of alternative therapies includes Japanese reiki, nutritional counseling, and card readings.
Knot Knot recalls a cozy zen temple with black wood floors, screen dividers, and lush potted orchids––and that's just the waiting area. In the comfort of a cozy, low-lit room, licensed massage therapists take relaxation up a notch with Thai herbal acupressure, flowing Swedish strokes, and soothing, deep-tissue bodywork. The spa also offers an indulgent menu of exfoliating facial treatments, ranging from organic hydrating masks to age-reducing collagen care.