Doctors Michael and Andrew Grano, voted the favorite chiropractors in Sussex County in the 2010 New Jersey Herald Readers' Choice awards, relieve spinal and postural difficulties with chiropractic care aimed at preventing common sources of pain or illness. Consultations begin with a professional evaluation of the spine to detect irregularities or con artists masquerading as vertebrae, and a computerized orthotic scan reveals any postural problems caused by weight distribution on the feet. Digital spinal x-rays arm the skeletal therapists with a glossy map to chart treatment, which may include spinal adjustments, physical therapy, and massage. Patients can follow their treatment or schedule a separate appointment for a deep-tissue massage in the relaxing oasis room at the hands of Grano's experienced massage therapists. The specialist combats chronic tension with gradual strokes and deep pressure on a specific area that can leave some muscles sore and others jealous for attention. In addition, a physician will evaluate each individual's nutritional profile to point out dietary habits that can enhance their overall wellness, and present two tickets to a nutritional seminar.
During her more than 15 years in the fitness industry, studio owner Andrea Powers has obtained certifications in yoga, spinning, personal training, and lifestyle coaching. Now with her own studio, Andrea, alongside husband and fellow instructor John, leads an experienced group of staff members who specialize in varied practices such as yoga therapy, Pilates, and Zumba. Steeped in the studio?s welcoming, judgment-free atmosphere, the staff strives to help patrons of all shapes and sizes to achieve their fitness goals.
Andrea?s yoga classes range from beginner-friendly sessions to vigorous Vinyasa flows that build strength and flexibility while banishing calories to sweat towels. With the aid of props and a ballet barre, Pilates classes tone firm tummies and lithe limbs. Zumba sessions enlist energetic Latin beats that are as confidence-inspiring and as easy-to-follow as a flowchart for making toast.
Vastu is, simply put, a place to heal and reconnect the body, mind, and spirit. At this soothing wellness center in Warwick, clients can take uplifting classes and workshops, have relaxing bodywork sessions, or learn how to be well by harnessing the healing power of good nutrition, supplements, and community. In the Vastu studio, students can meditate and move at the same time during Kai Chi Do classes, sculpt muscles in Vinyasa Yoga Strength sessions, or learn to Let Go & Flow in a laid-back session devoted to linking breath with challenging asanas. Onsite massage, from Thai Yoga to aromatherapy and prenatal modalities, helps guests relax. And they can choose to have acupuncture done or even send kids off to a yoga class of their own, such as quantum mechanics for toddlers.
Catering to clients’ cosmetic concerns is only half of the goal at Paradiso Day Spa. The other half is providing a complete and total escape from the stress-inducing demands of everyday life. To this end, the studio strives to create a cozy, inviting atmosphere that encourages visitors to lounge for a bit and prolong their indulgent spa experience. This is readily apparent in the spa’s relaxation room, which resembles the quaint sitting room of a stately bed and breakfast, complete with plush armchairs, a low-slung divan, and complimentary beverages and snacks.
Select clients can indulge with a refreshing aromatherapy steam shower before receiving their treatment from one of the center’s aestheticians or therapists. Staffers then get busy performing facials, which can improve skin tone and restore a youthful glow to cheekbones by using everything from antibacterial LED lights to skin-firming ultrasound technology. The massage therapists similarly address a range of concerns by employing Swedish or deep-tissue modalities as well as energy-balancing reflexology techniques.
"Fomentation room" might sound like a science-fiction term, but the igneous dry-rock sauna at Sol Mar Day Spa actually evokes a step back in time. The Korean-style space encourages the release of toxins through sweat, boosting the body's circulation and tipping the mind back into balance. And, luckily, a trip into its steamy enclosure is included in many of the spa's other services. Clients can submit their sore spots to a combination massage, during which Swedish and pressure-point shiatsu techniques work to untie muscular knots. Customized facials address specific skincare concerns, from dryness to sensitivity, and an Asian body scrub softens the skin through relaxing exfoliation. The spa also offers nail services, reflexology, and various treatment packages that last for two to three hours, or until each vertebra can be heard softly snoring.
Hands-on experience can be a bonus in most educational programs, but with massage, it's a necessity. The Institute For Therapeutic Massage makes that vital step in the educational process a boon to their clients as well, offering affordable Swedish massage sessions in a supervised environment. Students undergo extensive tests of their knowledge and hands-on skills before they're cleared to start untying shoulder knots, and a licensed massage therapist watches on as tension melts away. In addition to the core Massage and Bodywork Program, students can pursue additional training in Oncology Massage, Eastern Bodywork, and Personal Training.