Tom Augustyniak knows more than a thing or two about how the body works. In 1985, he earned his masters in physical education in Wroclaw, Poland, and he has a 3rd degree black belt in Judo to his name. (Tangentially, Judo translates to English as the "gentle way" and is the art of using someone's strength of over-exertion against them.) This preponderance of understanding informs Tom's extensive repertoire of massage techniques, which he officially honed at the Helma Institute of Massage Therapy in 1999. Gliding Swedish strokes simply easy pain while bolstering circulation, and more intensive deep tissue techniques target buried muscle knots. Tom's advanced Lypossage sessions aim to trim down excess inches by shooing away cellulite and melting any accidentally swallowed ice cubes. For clients who have insane schedules or are incapable of using maps, Tom is available for home visits in Bergen County.
How does one start a skincare business with no equipment, products, or money? Kim Evans found herself in that predicament when she started her business immediately after passing the state boards. With nothing but faith and a strong work ethic, she began tending to her clients' skin needs inside a rented room of a small spa. She worked 80 hours per week and became a licensed massage therapist to expand her business into what it is today: a wellness spa that enhances the beauty and health of skin and body through spa services and massage. Inside 2Gorjis Integrated Health & Wellness, three private treatment rooms house clients as two skin therapists cleanse surfaces during custom facials, or wrap bodies in aromatherapy herbal linens. The staff members bolster natural features with eyelash extensions, meticulous body waxing, and makeup artistry that includes exclamation points drawn next to eyebrows.
At Forero's New York Gourmet Pizzeria, chefs cobble fresh ingredients into a menu of pastas, sandwiches, pizzas, and Italian specialties. From their brick oven emerge pans of ultra-thin, whole-wheat, and gluten-free crusts bearing bubbly mozzarella and Forero's signature pizza sauce, with gourmet toppings such as ricotta, rib eye, or sun-dried tomatoes. Appetizers blend Italian and Mexican favorites before ushering in entrees where veal gets top billing and specialty pastas such as fettuccine Alfredo and italian cheese manicotti call out from the menu's pages like sirens to salivary glands. With take-away and complimentary delivery services, meals meet their destinies within the comforts of one's home or at a hunting cabin, where one can claim to have just caught a fresh pizza.
The stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists at Christine Valmy Salon & Day Spa aim to transform body, mind, and spirit with services that range from simple haircuts and mani-pedis, to advanced electrolysis and microdermabrasions, to restorative massages and all-day spa packages. Clients pamper themselves with massages and body treatments such as the hot-stone massage, where the heat and gentle pressure of warm basalt stones help to relieve muscle tension and stress, or the chamomile body scrub, which soothes sensitive skin and improves circulation using herbal exfoliation. An ordinary day can become a luxurious mini-vacation with spa packages, which include a complimentary sauna and incorporate massages, facials, hair and nail treatments, and a private herbal steam shower to relax and rejuvenate the body and mind. And for the big day, Christine Valmy Salon & Day Spa offers wedding packages for the bride, groom, or members of the wedding party, helping to ease wedding jitters and warm cold feet.
Catherine Bello finds the solution to stress where others rarely think to look: the bottoms of their feet. She and her team of certified reflexologists manipulate pressure points on the feet that correspond with specific glands, organs, and other body parts in order to promote holistic wellness in their clients. These treatments can address specific ailments from headaches and sinusitis to digestive problems.
Reflexology sessions aren't strictly medical, though. Instead, Sole Revival Reflexology aims to provide a spa experience for clients, offering soothing foot soaks and leg massages as well as a variety of add-on services such as paraffin-wax treatments. Foot treatments also incorporate a skincare mask in a variety of scents, including one that will make your soles smell like champagne even if you weren't recently kickboxing at a New Year's Eve party.
Many of the staff members are also nail technicians and provide pedicures with chemical-free polish to complement their reflexology sessions. Others perform the balancing art of reiki, which involves laying on hands to regulate the body's flow of energy. During all treatments, a spa-like environment aims to enhance their calming work as guests relax surrounded by decorative plants and the sound of quiet, relaxing music.