Jill named her practice Massage for Health & Wellness for a reason. Her services are not only relaxing but good for the body as well. She's even certified in cancer and mastectomy massage. A graduate of the Essex Group Institute for Massage and Bodywork, she's a card-carrying member of the ABMP, an organization with high ethical standards and requirements.
Although it sounds like an equation dreamed up by a sedentary scientist, IM=X stands for something that’s anything but sedentary: Integrated Movement eXercise. In its 16 years of existence, this fitness method has drawn the attention of media outlets such as Shape, Self, and the New York Times. The program’s concept stemmed from founder Elyse McNergney’s Pilates certifications, MA in movement science, and EdM in exercise physiology from Columbia University.
Elyse devised a method for teaching students how to stabilize their core-muscle groups while keeping the spine elongated and safe during the workout. The outcome she helps clients achieve is a decompressed spine, better posture, and the ability to provide piggyback rides for 12 toddlers at a time. Her program has also been used to rehabilitate professional athletes, dancers, and patients suffering from chronic pain.
Operating from within the Chiropractic Wellness Center of Clifton, the intimate workout space is filled with IM=X reformer machines. A mural of Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada, gazes on serenely as students perform workouts inspired by not only Pilates but yoga, cycling, cardio, and ballet barre.
After more than 30 years as a registered nurse, Karin Johnson decided that she wanted to continue helping people, but in a new way. She then became intrigued by Chinese medicine, and later founded AcuSource Healing as a way to treat patients with a more personal, holistic approach. The center’s diverse staff––which includes an occupational therapist, nutritionist, and licensed massage therapist––makes pain a distant memory with services such as cupping, acupuncture, sotai, and foot reflexology. Through hair mineral analysis, the team can find the presence of heavy metals that can make bodies feel sluggish and convince brains that they enjoy Black Sabbath. Microlight rejuvenation, meanwhile, boosts collagen production and smoothes fine lines and wrinkles.
The meteoric growth of Massage Envy has led to more than 800 spa locations and a healthy share of limelight from printed media buzz to promotions on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Doctors. Its experts have kneaded more than 50 million backs using modalities that range from the gliding strokes of Swedish massage to the targeted pressure of deep-tissue massage. Although the spa treats a wealth of clients, each Massage Envy session is personalized to individual needs. While indulging in prenatal, hot-stone, or trigger-point-therapy massages, clients can also request the soothing mint and rosemary essential oils of aromatherapy or the addition of warming and cooling products that help decrease inflammation and ease pain.
In addition to staffing massage therapists, the spas employ skincare experts who wield Murad products for four kinds of facials. Clients can treat sensitive skin to mild exfoliation or opt for anti-aging facials with glycolic acid before attempting to order off the kids’ menu at a diner.
A refreshing reminiscence of apothecaries past, The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy boasts face-to-face customer care. In the business for more than 22 years, Amin Amireh runs his shop and showers the community with the products and knowledge necessary for maintaining good health. While not valid for prescriptions, sniffle sufferers, headache harborers, and tablet jugglers can browse a complete line of over-the-counter medicines ($3–$15), as well as homeopathic remedies. A range of specially designed wellness products, such as Dr. Comfort shoes, assist customers with diabetes and other ailments, and general accessories, including handbags and wallets ($20–$65) complement bodily health with aesthetic homeostasis.
The beauticians at La Belle Moi Salon & Skin Studio pamper skin and pacify muscular aches with a slew of haircare, skincare, and massage services. Bridal makeup applications prepare women for the big day, when Earth rotates about its axis in slightly more than 24 hours. Additionally, spa manicures can prep fingers for ritual puppet shows at the wedding reception. The studio’s spa area glimmers with light from crystal-laden overhead chandeliers as clients wait on cozy plush chairs and couches amid zebra-striped curtains. Fine, knee-high vintage wood tables fleck the landscape, matching the dark stained hardwood floors on which they stand. In the massage room, flickering candles illuminate a wood carving of a peacock to remind guests of their beauty, and an ornate clock proves that even Father Time can dress up.
Becoming a licensed massage therapist was a natural progression for Nancy Silver. Already an enthusiast of yoga and its pain-reducing effects, she began studying Swedish and medical massage techniques at the Institute for Therapeutic Massage to further her understanding of healing powers. Nancy's studies led her to take courses in chair massage, Reiki levels one and two, Eastern bodywork, foot reflexology, and myofascial release. Today, Nancy uses her yoga and massage training to help clients reduce stress and eliminate pain by applying an array of healing techniques, rather than by scolding sore muscles and sending them to timeout.