Premier Spa & Wellness's staff doesn't use synthetic panacea to help their clients achieve better health and wellness. Instead, they rely on the body's self-healing mechanisms and natural healing. To that end, the aestheticians have tailored a service list of massages and scrubs that free the body of unwanted substances through Gaia-given processes. From basic Swedish massage to reflexology and aromatherapy, Premier's massage therapists draw on any modality they need to bring relaxation to their clients. All-natural sugars, sea minerals, and clays coat the body during the polishes and scrubs, exfoliating the skin and imbuing it with moisture and nutrients. Regardless of the treatment, the spa creates an atmosphere of tranquility with soothing aromas and soft music throughout the space.
JonLissa’s team of stylists doll-up 'dos with cuts, colors, and highlights. In front of workstations crafted from espresso-hued wood and inlaid with large mirrors, the aesthetes craft coifs into elegant updos before weddings, proms, and other special events. To stay up-to-date on emerging styles and techniques, JonLissa's team participates in continuing-education courses and sits through time travellers’ vacation slideshows.
Owner and head studio instructor Mark Van Buren tread a long and winding road to becoming a yoga instructor, and every stop he made along the way informed his practice. Music used to be his man's main endeavor—he's performed at rock clubs such as The Bitter End and Webster Hall in New York City—but he added fitness to his list of passions when he became a personal trainer. From there, he took an interest in massage, and that road led him to a life of yoga, meditation, and qi gong. Somewhere between going on silent meditation retreats, he found time to go back to school and earn a degree in religious studies. Eventually, he founded Live Free Yoga Studio to share his lifestyle with others.
Along with fellow instructors Lori, Leanna, Diane, Krishna, and Johanna, Mark inspires yoga practitioners of all levels to advance their practices. On the sunlit hardwood floor of the Live Free studio, students strike poses seven days a week, no matter their limitations. "Anyone, regardless of age, gender, or physical ability, is welcome to come work with their body and mind in our intimate, non-competitive space," he says.
lements Massage fends off unnecessary medical procedures with soothing techniques that trigger the body's natural healing abilities. Clients are paired with therapists who assess their specific aches and health conditions. They then use four levels of pressure and a blend of up to six modalities, such as deep-tissue, Swedish massage, and finger ballet, to create a customized massage. Their soothing kneads combat pain, loosen tight limbs, and disperse oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.
Efes Restaurant reveals its uniqueness in layers. Hidden behind the unassuming facade of a strip mall, the interior boasts a much more substantial amount of character. Into this richly appointed room, waiters cart salads, babaganoush, and kebabs with chunks of chicken and lamb still sizzling from the grill. What fixtures define the elegance of this dining area? Gold-upholstered chairs line the pristinely white linen-clad tables, surrounding a dropped floor in the middle of the dining room. A strip of lighting under the step down illuminates an inlay of black and white marble tiles arranged to excite the eye with their geometric patterns and challenge the mind to remember what a hypotenuse is.
Aikido is the "loving protection of all beings," in the words of Morihei Ueshiba, who created the martial-arts style. Although it sometimes incorporates wooden weapons, at its heart, aikido seeks to act as a replacement for violence. Greg O'Connor, founder and chief instructor at Aikido Centers of New Jersey, brings Ueshiba's tenets to his students, who have included children and seniors, as well as members of the New Jersey State Police, the Department of Homeland Security, and the US Secret Service. O'Connor and more than 40 other instructors teach students self-defense tactics that redirect attacks, as well as more advanced methods that include wooden sword and staff training and aikido's dramatic falls and rolls.