A member of the Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals, Janelle King draws on both eastern and western approaches to massage when alleviating her clients of pain. She specializes in hot stone, reflexology, and myofascial release, along with prenatal and postnatal massage. When she isn't soothing moms-to-be, she studies for her doula certification so she can support women during the birthing process. In keeping with her passion for both traditional and holistic treatments, Janelle volunteers her services at charity events to help raise funds and awareness for diseases such as breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.
The certified stylists at Lashful frame eyes with mink lashes to achieve looks ranging from elegant to seductive. Their uncanny attention to detail comes in handy during extension applications, when they meticulously attach each artificial lash to a real one to achieve the most natural look possible. Sensitive eyes need not wince in fear, as the adhesive material with which they apply lashes is specially formulated to not perturb the eye with harsh irritants or teasing optical illusions. The stylists also dip natural lashes in a semipermanent tint that—much like the extensions—gives eyes the glamorous look of freshly applied mascara.
Stress can arrive unannounced on weekdays or weekends, which is why Ridgewood European Day Spa keeps its doors open seven days a week. Since 1990, the spa's menu has refreshed minds and bodies with services such as relaxing Swedish massages, microdermabrasion treatments that reduce signs of aging, and seaweed body wraps that disguise clients as giant pieces of sushi. Clients who can't decide on just one treatment can schedule one of Ridgewood's spa packages.
An oasis of pampering and relaxation, Exclusive Day Spa offers a wide array of massage modalities, a bevy of aesthetic services, and emotional coaching. The bodywork experts train in massage techniques including Swedish, deep-tissue, and aromatherapy, which soothes the muscles and nostrils alike. Facials and peels cleanse skin and fight the signs of aging, whereas beauty injections and dermal fillers provide more dramatic youth-enhancing results. Their laser skin treatments target fine lines, acne, and rosacea, and laser hair removal and waxing banish unwanted stubble, helping patrons earn the coveted nickname "Smooth Operator."
Belinda Gonzales, an energy worker and licensed massage therapist, combines therapies from different cultures to guide bodies toward total relaxation at Peaceful Retreat Therapeutic Massage. She offers modalities such as anxiety-relieving Swedish and deep-tissue massage. She also performs thai massage, which incorporates yoga-influenced stretches and gentle rocking—like when Mick Jagger quietly sang “Happy” to a restless Keith Richards and his teddy bear. Belinda can further melt away mental stress with aromatherapeutic oils; during reiki therapy, she directs energy toward acupuncture points to balance the energy levels.
Michelle is a licensed massage therapist, licensed holistic practitioner, personal trainer, and graduate of the school of ministry. Michelle, the woman behind Strong Hands Massage Therapy, truly does have strong hands: they’re the same hands she used block, jab, and swing her way to a fourth-degree black belt in karate. At her Ramsey massage studio, however, she uses her strength for healing rather than combat.
Before starting any massage, Michelle consults with each client to determine their individual needs and goals. Then she soothes muscles and connective tissues with custom-tailored kneads and gliding strokes. The treatments can relieve not only pain and tension, but issues such as high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety caused by listening to the Jeopardy! theme song on repeat too many times. Clients can also opt for pampering details such as hot stones or aromatherapy.