If Guys & Dolls Hair Salon & Spa has a homey feel, it's probably because the space that now brims with scissors, haircare solutions, and nail polish was until the 1970s a cozy home lined with family portraits and a checklist of uncles banned from family reunions. Today, stylists Vicki Berrien and Heather Guagliardo are at the reins, showcasing their decades of experience styling hair, cleansing skin with facials, and accentuating eyes with eyelash extensions.
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.
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.
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.
Pure Eco-Wellness Salon and Spa's team is so focused on natural treatments, they even strive to emulate natural light.This belief in nature's beautifying and healing capacity also suffuses their treatments. They brighten their chic haircuts, for example, with botanical, organic color, and their facials combat conditions from acne to aging with natural ingredients. Their vegan nail polish is infused with ecocert-certified bamboo for stronger nails, and contains no DBP, Toluene, Camphor, formaldehyde, or formaldehyde resin. Their commitment extends to their eco-friendly business practices, too, which range from recycling to cleaning with products that contain no chemicals nor monster-truck parts.
Therapy in Presence’s certified practitioners custom fit massages for clients depending on individual needs. To ensure an appropriately tailored massage, practitioners ask massage receivers detailed questions about their physical and mental well-being, assign client-specific medical-grade essential oils, and measure muscles with yardsticks during a 30-minute consultation session ($25). During a one-hour massage ($85), skin-rubbing gurus apply techniques from nine massage modalities, focusing on one or more at a time if requested.