Laura Giacobbe's own before and after photos act as a testament to the promise she makes to clients. Before becoming a fitness and nutrition specialist and personal trainer, she carried extra pounds herself. Today she's trim and healthy—the same transformation she inspires in her clients. Her weight-loss programs combine realistic meal plans with exercise at partner business Power & Fitness Health Club, as well as education on healthy living.
Healthy living has been passion for Roselle Health Plus owner Keith Broadway all of his adult life. An avid fan of drinking nourishing juices and caring for himself, he spent a lot of his time keeping his body in peek condition, and sharing his knowledge with those in his community. His personal way of life eventually became his professional career when, in 2002, he left his job as a regional director of an employment agency to open Roselle Health Plus. Though he has since expanded his business into a larger location, his professional mission remains the same: to provide customers a resource for affordable health products and information for improving their personal health.
At his store, customers can peruse a bevy of healthy foodstuffs, from vitamins and herbs to supplements and cleansing drinks. The shop's juice bar keeps clients full and full of energy high by serving up nutrient-packed wraps, smoothies, and juices, saving them from resorting to unhealthy fast food burgers or gulps of air from a pizza shop oven vent.
Although running a permanent cosmetics business let Andrea Lopez get creative, it left many of her beauty talents untapped. That’s why she opened Joli Visage Clinique, a day spa brimming with a menu of more than 25 skin, hair, and nail services. Clients relax inside the Clinique’s cozy environs amid the renovated home’s Mediterranean décor while their skin soak up customized facials or revamp their hairstyles with cuts, color, or deep-conditioning techniques.
At Gold Medal Fitness, positive energy does as much work as anyone's muscles to propel group classes. These courses cover the grounded poses of Power Yoga, the barbell lifts of BodyPump, and the festive spins of Zumba with more than 50 sessions per week. Cyclists can even choose between 45-minute spin classes and the more vigorous rides of super spin, which increase the challenge by adding an extra 15 minutes and asking your parents to stop putting a stabilizing hand on your back. Regardless of the discipline, however, instructors motivate their students by carefully balancing the room's camaraderie with a honed focus on every individual.
This personal approach typifies the gym as a whole, where the staff strive to memorize each member's name as they arrange workouts for all fitness levels. A nationally accredited team of personal trainers draws on specialties from boxing to Pilates to back rehabilitation, pushing their clients toward coveted milestones. On the gym floor, an assortment of machinery and free weights, as well as a designated stretching area, bespeaks the same regard for diverse goals—visitors can complete a round of resistance work on the FreeMotion circuit equipment, toss a medicine ball to a partner, or step onto a StairMaster. Other amenities include a childcare station, athletic speed school, HydroMassage, and a juice bar.
At Skin Solutions Staten Island, the main focus is, of course, skin, and a team of aestheticians works to clear it of the many epidermal issues that can plague it. Some techniques are more advanced, including an extensive array of laser services that treat anything from age spots and acne to spider veins and loss of elasticity. There are cellulite treatments, too, as well as Botox injections and permanent-makeup applications. Cavi-lipo sessions use ultra-sonic waves to break up and push fat cells into the lymphatic system, sometimes resulting in improved muscle tone and lifted jowls and eyebrows.
More traditional therapies include several types of facials, such as glycolic peels and deep-pore cleansing. Body treatments nourish the skin with seaweed wraps or honey-almond scrubs, and massage therapy relaxes muscles with Swedish, hot-stone, or reflexology sessions.
Venus Esthetics’ tranquil spa retreat is a honeycomb of intimate treatment rooms in which clients rejuvenate their looks or shed undue stress. Aestheticians pamper the countenances of men and women alike, glazing faces with antioxidant-rich products, aromatic essential oils, or cheekbone-enhancing Venetian masks. To nourish skin below the neck, clients can wallow in full-body treatments infused with organically grown seaweed, algae, or sea salt. The spa’s massage therapists employ therapeutic bodywork that soothes musculature sore from stress, injury, or physical exertion. The center's cosmetic technicians outfit themselves with top-secret technology, including a skin-firming ultrasound machine and an aesthetic laser system.
The health experts at Five Star Wellness aim to bring the mind, body, and spirit back into balance through a variety of holistic-minded treatments ranging from organic facials to ear candling. Colon hydrotherapy is an office specialty, and all therapists hold certification through the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy (I-Act). Utilizing FDA-approved equipment, the process sends filtered, temperature-controlled water through the large intestine, where it breaks down and flushes away any accumulation of waste or swallowed pride to improve immune- and digestive-system function. An alternate method of detoxification, ionic detox footbaths use positively charged ions to draw negatively charged toxins out through the feet, helping clear the system of heavy metals, cellular debris, and other substances often blamed for throwing the body out of balance.