All-natural shea butter slicks the palms of Butterfly Essential Wellness Spa's licensed massage therapists, coating bodies in a smooth surface for soothing massage modalities. Tension accumulated from constant stress or your significant other’s telltale heart melts away with the deep-tissue holistic massage's solid strokes, which relax tight muscles and boost immunity by liberating the lymphatic system of toxins. During the hot-stone mint massage, therapists alternate heated and chilled stones to foster better circulation and alleviate swollen sore spots, ideal outcomes for those suffering from arthritis or fibromyalgia.
This unassuming brick storefront gives way to a full-service salon where stylists excel at men’s, women’s, and children’s haircuts, as well as highlights, all-over color, and perms. Dry, dull locks are a thing of the past after a session with one of the talented, scissor-bearing staff members, who use deep conditioners to imbue locks with much-needed moisture or use ombre coloring techniques to create cascading curls in multiple hues. Beyond the blow-dryer, the staff also deals with unwanted strands by waxing away hair from the brows, sideburns, chins, and lips or even from the full face.
“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.
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.
Patrons looking for a more intimate tanning experience can bypass crowded beaches or nosy neighbors and tan in one of Boardwalk Sunsations Tanning’s nine private rooms. Five UV-tanning booth and bed models gently darken pelts in 10- to 20-minute sessions. Alternatively, a certified master airbrush-tanning technician can cover skin with a Norvell Sunless Solutions formula for UV-free color. Newly tanned clients can complement their glowing skin with shimmery hair tinsel or vivid feather extensions.
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.