Reflecting a spirit of diversity, Four 40 Beauty Salon congregates a team of coif clippers, aestheticians, and massage therapists under one roof to administer beautifying and relaxing services to a multicultural, all-ages clientele. Locks succumb to a full menu of cuts, colors, and conditioning treatments, and men can get more gussied up with beard and mustache trims. But the studio walls listen to more than just the snipping of scissors and the screams of severed hair falling to the ground. Skilled aestheticians pamper faces with a menu of facials and skilled muscle menders work out kinks and tension with an array of massages, such as Swedish and deep tissue.
The deep-tissue kneads, gentle Swedish strokes, and hot-stone massages that licensed massage therapist Laurie uses to dissolve pain and tension are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her studio's soothing elements. Even before she begins a session, clients suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, depression, injury, or general stress begin to relax as they melt into a heated massage table amid soft music and subdued lighting. To further the effects of each massage, Laurie makes use of essential oils, whose herb-, flower-, and fruit-derived aromas help send clients into a state of deep relaxation.
Trispa Massage's licensed massage therapists employ a range of kneading techniques to ease muscle tension and stress. The therapists offer Swedish massage to induce relaxation, sports massage to help prevent injuries or reduce recovery time, and deep-tissue, trigger-point, and hot-stone modalities to relieve deep-seated aches and pains. The therapists also offer on-location massage treatments for those who cannot visit the office or simply feel more comfortable receiving a massage at home or on the roof of a moving train.
Be At Ease Bodyworks might be described as an epicenter of pampering and wellness. Massage therapist Mark fights musculoskeletal stress and tension by practicing three main modalities: Swedish relaxation, deep tissue, and sports. Depending on the client's choice of technique, Mark might use some combination of lotions and oils, slow strokes, deep pressure, and methods designed to increase flexibility and circulation.
If someone attacked a student of America's Best Defense Easton, they’d be in for a devastating surprise, probably in the form of a fist to the face or a knee to the groin. The gym’s black-belt instructors make sure students know how to defend themselves, offering a variety of programs that specialize in self-defense and fitness. They lead specialty krav maga classes that teach students the same fighting style used by Israeli Defense Forces, which focuses on subduing one or multiple attackers quickly and efficiently, whether they are unarmed or wielding weapons. Instructors also specialize in muay thai kickboxing, kids' karate, and adult martial-arts programs that blend styles such as karate, muay thai, grappling, and wrestling.
Courtney and Corey Nappa complement each other’s skill sets well. Courtney has a wealth of business experience and a passion for beauty, and Corey has years under his belt as a personal trainer and fitness-center manager. They realized that they could combine their skills into an ideal health-club experience, and Ten X Club was born.
On the fitness end of the business, instructors hold group Pilates, yoga, and spin classes. Cardio and weight-lifting rooms feature equipment from manufacturers such as Nautilus and Precor. A kids’ playroom keeps tykes entertained while parents shed sweat. On the other end of the spectrum, the sleekly appointed salon features hair services, mani-pedis, and spray-tanning services in a quiet environment, the air perfumed with the scent of hair products. Here, too, members can send their kids to the playroom while they enjoy grownup relaxation time with beautifying services, adult conversation, and the freedom to eat animal crackers any way they choose.
Clients stepping into Urban Yoga Spa— with its rows of candle votives and futuristic white decor—may feel as if they’ve entered a meditation chamber in the twenty-third century. Designed by award-winning architects, the minimalist decor aims for a specific effect; the intentional absence of color evokes the look of a blank canvas or Ted Turner’s worst nightmare, helping clients to clear their minds during intense yoga sessions led by skilled instructors. Hot Hatha and power Vinyasa classes held seven days a week help inspire practitioners to find the serenity in a challenging series of poses. Meanwhile, the spa’s aestheticians pamper newly toned bodies with massages, nail treatments, acupuncture, and waxings.