LoriJane’s minimalist décor and wood floors provide a clean, comfortable backdrop for a day of relaxation and restoration. The internationally trained aestheticians on staff have committed their lives to skin-smoothing servitude and spa care. Revitalize a lackluster epidermis and shake off the dust acquired while sitting beneath a rarely used ceiling fan with the 50-minute European Facial. Excess dirt and dead skin cells are gently lifted from the face via a deep pore cleansing and natural exfoliation, leaving the skin as smooth and soft as a velour banana. The facial aficionados will also administer a stress-reducing massage, purifying mask, and hydrating treatment, which combine to bestow heads with a healthier appearance and a younger-looking outer layer.
Butterfly Essential Wellness Spa’s therapists deliver customers from the stresses of everyday wear and tear with soothing massages and private massage rooms filled with tranquil music. The one-hour Swedish shea-butter massage uses a moisture-bestowing unguent to enhance the comfort of gliding massage strokes, gentle pressure, and shooting down hallways like a human luge. The massage itself gently uncoils muscles, bringing reduced tension, enhanced flexibility and circulation, and fewer winks from flirtatious Slinkys. Alternatively, couples can relax in tandem with the couples Swedish massage, with two massage therapists using their dexterous digits for simultaneous backrubs augmented by soothing massage oils. Departing customers are gifted with a positive thought card, offering a contented counterpoint to cynical fortune cookies.
Though their studio’s name suggests otherwise, licensed massage therapist Tamara Giacomozzi and her staff remain focused on the present. When a client walks in to Ancient Arts Healing Center for a massage or naturopathic medical treatment, they devote all of their attention to the act of healing in the here-and-now. This client-centered approach is evident in all aspects of the studio, from the specialized medical practitioners on staff to the lotion bar that allows clients to choose custom scents for their massages.
Ancient Arts must be doing something right, because it has earned the Readers’ Choice award for “Best Massage” in the Trentonian for the past two years. The studio’s therapists earned that honor by mastering 12 massage styles, some of which incorporate cold marble stones, herbal packs, hot stones, and aromatic oils. Aside from the flagship massages, a slate of alternative therapies includes Japanese reiki, nutritional counseling, and card readings.
You might think that standing up while you tan would cause an unnaturally darkened scalp, but this never happens at Hollywood Tans. That's because their arsenal of signature stand-up tanning booths create an always even, natural-looking glow in as little as eight minutes. With more than 140 locations nationwide, the chain’s salons—each a veritable bronze mine for pale bodies—can also bronze physiques Mystic Tan’s Instant Tan, a sunless formula that does not contain UV-rays or infectious California boy-band harmonies. Voted "Favorite Tanning Salon in North Jersey" by an independent readers' pole in Suburban Trends magazine, Hollywood Tans of Riverdale can also help customers choose the Instant Tan formula best suited to them, matching the bronzing serums to the each person's skin tone, type, and ideal look.
“Excellent of its kind”—one of the lesser-known definitions of the word beautiful—is a guiding principle for the staff at Beautiful Waxing Boutique. They use the most advanced techniques and natural products available to provide expert, comfortable hair-removal services in a tranquil, elegant boutique. The wax used in the salon is made with organic ingredients, such as naturally antibacterial beeswax, and each service can be customized to each client’s hair and skin type. All-natural, locally made body scrubs soothe the skin and thwart ingrown hairs with essential oils and Dead-Sea salt. For clients who are obsessed with sussing out patterns, the sugaring services also feature housemade, organic products.
With a workspace that spans 13,000 square feet and two stories, Lawrence SpaRex has plenty of room to pamper its clients privately and comfortably. Tucked away from all the nail treatments, haircuts, and massages, the facility’s dry sauna relaxes visitors with infrared panels that warm the body like natural sunlight without the potential damaging effects of UV rays. Layers of seaweed clay coat the walls not only in the sauna but also throughout the facility, providing a healthy alternative to paint and a more practical alternative to silly string.