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.
“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.
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.
Stylists and aestheticians at The Face & Body Spa cultivate coiffures and nourish skin using products with an organic, vegan focus. That means that body scrubs exfoliate with organic sugarcane, nails glimmer with SpaRitual vegan polish, and hair color is ammonia-free, an eco-friendly approach that makes pampering sessions feel simultaneously as virtuous and enjoyable as volunteering at Willy Wonka's soup kitchen.
The spa's Eastern influence shows up in both the services—body workers use acupuncture and Reiki energy therapy—and the decor. Stone buddha heads broadcast calm throughout lounge areas, and live bamboo and potted trees add a minimalistic reminder of the staff's natural inspirations.