At The Woodhouse, relaxation begins upon each client's arrival in the spa's dedicated Quiet Room. A fluffy robe drapes around their shoulders and mugs of loose-leaf tea warm their lips as they await the start of their services. The spa's product selection reflects a similar attention to detail: staffers fill the shelves with natural, organic, and wild-crafted products, none of which are tested on animals. They also go the extra mile to include small extras with each session, such as home-care recommendations after facial treatments and foot-cleansing with each massage.
Before a client undergoes any of Medical Aesthetics of Red Bank's FDA-approved med-spa procedures, a physician meets with them for a complimentary consultation. This helps the staff tailor the spa's beauty services to each client because unlike one-size-fits-all Viking helmets, cosmetic treatments should take into account a person's skin sensitivities and skin type. After the consultation, the doctor—or aestheticians and laser technicians supervised by the doctor—get to work injecting facial fillers or Botox, or removing hair or veins with lasers.
The Enchanted Cottage is aptly named—it’s the kind of place that Goldilocks might stumble upon when trolling through the forest, looking for foodstuffs to steal. If she ever showed up here, she’d be in luck, because complimentary homemade breads, cookies, mozzarella, and herbal tea are offered to all who enter.
The signature massage tones the face by releasing facial tension and contractions that build up over time and eventually inspire wrinkles. The treatment’s toning benefits increase with multiple sessions, each of which includes soothing hot towels for the hands and feet. Alongside the face-lift massage, the Enchanted Cottage offers Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, and reflexology massage services to relieve tension in backs, necks, shoulders, and feet.
On their way out, clients can purchase all-natural, handmade skincare products by Mary Fairy Angels—including the Angel face cream used in the face-lift massage—or they can pick up a jar of raw, locally made honey.
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Upon discovering her talent for massage, Amy Richardson earned her license and set up shop in a little nook within a yoga studio. She selected this location because she believes that both yoga and massage therapy restore balance and anchor you in the present moment more effectively than steel boots. The sultry scent of nag champa permeates the space along with the soothing sounds of nature and wind chimes. Amy kneads muscles with all-natural grape-seed, jojoba, and coconut oils, and can enhance these oils with aromatherapy calibrated to individual emotional needs, physiological issues, or favorite scratch-and-sniff stickers. Though she specializes in Swedish and lomilomi massages, Amy customizes each session to the individual. Her favorite part of the job is seeing the smiles on people’s faces after they leave her enclave—Amy particularly cherishes the memory of a beefy trucker who’d grudgingly come to a session at the behest of his girlfriend and left saying he felt “like a butterfly.”
Dr. Henry Roth draws upon knowledge gleaned during stints with the 1988 U.S. Olympic team. During his intensive period of training in Carnegie Hall, Dr. Roth honed manual-therapy techniques to treat repetitive overuse syndrome in the dancers and musicians of the classical stage. He brings this experience to his practice at Health in Hand Massage Therapy Center, where he calls upon an array of massage modalities to help muscles recover from slouching or taking shortcuts home through live hockey games. Among his many specialties, which includes treating acute sciatica, the doctor’s exclusive Rothstone technique employs Y-shaped stones to emit soothing warmth deep into the body’s structures. When not healing muscles of their many maladies, Dr. Roth trains up-and-coming therapists at the Red Bank Holistic Learning Center.
The Kaiser Medispa's owner Brent Kaiser grew up in Santa Claus, Indiana, and perhaps influenced by his town's name, he went on to be a giver of gifts—improved posture, for example, or a slimmer figure, or softer, smoother skin. He and his staff dole out many of these benefits at The Kaiser Medispa. Skin care treatments such as microdermabrasions and facials help turn back the clock on signs of aging, while non-invasive body-contouring treatments help clients shed unwanted inches. His staff also offers fitness and nutrition counseling to help clients continue weight-loss transformations beyond the office doors.