The certified massage therapists at Harmony Within Massage Therapy aim to reduce pain and improve range of motion with a number of massage modalities that range from classic Swedish massage to four-handed massage work. Raindrop therapy uses essential oils and acupressure to help treat pain, and Reiki aims to channel energy, bringing balance and harmony to the body. Meanwhile, the Isabell Gatto method uses the therapist’s fingertips to apply pressure to 50 specific points on the body, opening blocked energy pathways. Two private massage rooms provide a tranquil setting as candles flicker and warmth streams from a heated massage table equipped with a blanket, and heated neck and eye pillows.
At M.D. Aesthetics Medispa and Laser Center—named one of the top spas in Bergen County in 2011 by Bergen Health & Life—board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Michael Macri helps clients enhance their outer beauty with treatments such as liposuction and laser skin resurfacing. An arsenal of high-tech lasers guards the clinic’s rare Egyptian jewels by night and rejuvenates faces and bodies by day, delivering intense pulses of light during hair-removal sessions and photofacials. Dr. Macri deftly handles injections such as Juvederm and Botox to tackle the effects of aging, and six varieties of liposuction help slim silhouettes better than controversial 2-D conversion techniques.
It’s all about relaxation and privacy at The Spa at Westwood. In three different rooms, the staff pampers guests with facials, massages, and body treatments such as a peppermint seaweed wrap. For facials, the team uses top-quality products from Dermalogica and Christine Valmy, with a variety of cleansers, moisturizers, and creams that target diverse skin needs. In a mere 10 minutes, they can also help guests get bronze with a natural, spray-on tanning system—a statistically more effective option than placing some hair, a jilted lover's necklace, and a bronze medal inside a cauldron and incanting Beach Boys songs.
When sensei Thomas Torpey threw his first kick 20 years ago, it was really the first step to becoming head instructor of Team Bullshark’s two martial arts schools. He began studying shotokan karate, but quickly expanded his repertoire into the realm of mixed martial arts, learning various other forms of striking and grappling. He found particular clarity in the psychological side of martial arts, and now teaches students not just exercise methods and self-defense, but also the ability to hone attitude, behavior, character, and x-ray vision.
Professor Erick Tavares—a second-degree black belt in Brazilian jiujitsu—and his protégé Sensei Marcus also help students in Sensei Torpey’s classes. With all the classes that the schools offer, students can construct a comprehensive mixed martial arts curriculum that will prepare them to strike, grapple, and blend smoothies with a flurry of punches.
Over the last 20 years, the medical experts at New Jersey Foot and Ankle Centers have seen 20,000 peoples' feet. Having worked with tens of thousands of patients, the staff has sharpened their expertise in all things related to feet, from plantar fasciitis and sprained ankles to ingrown toenails and bunions. One of their specialties is their use of lasers to help destroy unwanted fungus residing on nail beds. With fewer side effects than other treatments such as oral medication, topical creams, and magic potions, laser toenail-fungus treatments require zero downtime.
You don't need an appointment to see a licensed physician, nurse, or x-ray technician at one of Doctors Express' New Jersey locations. You just have to show up. Beyond urgent visits, each clinic offers everything from routine vaccinations and physicals to more sophisticated care such as lab work and drug screenings. To help keep wait times reasonable, some of their clinics offer online check-ins rather than spending years trying to invent a machine that stops time.
Erin Spitzberg of Nutrition by Design, LLC holds a master's degree in nutrition from New York University. The registered dietitian and certified nutritionist draws on this experience during nutritional counseling sessions. She works with clients aged 16 and up to design custom meal plans based on health, lifestyle, and food preferences.