The health experts at Five Star Wellness aim to bring the mind, body, and spirit back into balance through a variety of holistic-minded treatments ranging from organic facials to ear candling. Colon hydrotherapy is an office specialty, and all therapists hold certification through the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy (I-Act). Utilizing FDA-approved equipment, the process sends filtered, temperature-controlled water through the large intestine, where it breaks down and flushes away any accumulation of waste or swallowed pride to improve immune- and digestive-system function. An alternate method of detoxification, ionic detox footbaths use positively charged ions to draw negatively charged toxins out through the feet, helping clear the system of heavy metals, cellular debris, and other substances often blamed for throwing the body out of balance.
As founders and directors of Old Bridge Spine and Wellness, Dr. Peter Bufano and Dr. Arlene Kazio restore their patients' health through pain management and chiropractic care. Massage or physical-therapy sessions relieve pain in the back or neck caused by sports injuries, car accidents, or accidentally driving into the bleachers. Certified massage therapists tailor the sessions to the needs and ailments of each patient.
Drs. John Marullo and Ryan Varga work to eliminate pain and the need for surgery with their holistic healing services. They treat myriad aches and chronic pain with manual chiropractic adjustments, physical-therapy exercises, and counseling for weight and stress issues. The clinic also treats clients to acupuncture sessions and outfits them with orthotics.
At Skin Solutions Staten Island, the main focus is, of course, skin, and a team of aestheticians works to clear it of the many epidermal issues that can plague it. Some techniques are more advanced, including an extensive array of laser services that treat anything from age spots and acne to spider veins and loss of elasticity. There are cellulite treatments, too, as well as Botox injections and permanent-makeup applications. Cavi-lipo sessions use ultra-sonic waves to break up and push fat cells into the lymphatic system, sometimes resulting in improved muscle tone and lifted jowls and eyebrows.
More traditional therapies include several types of facials, such as glycolic peels and deep-pore cleansing. Body treatments nourish the skin with seaweed wraps or honey-almond scrubs, and massage therapy relaxes muscles with Swedish, hot-stone, or reflexology sessions.
Venus Esthetics’ tranquil spa retreat is a honeycomb of intimate treatment rooms in which clients rejuvenate their looks or shed undue stress. Aestheticians pamper the countenances of men and women alike, glazing faces with antioxidant-rich products, aromatic essential oils, or cheekbone-enhancing Venetian masks. To nourish skin below the neck, clients can wallow in full-body treatments infused with organically grown seaweed, algae, or sea salt. The spa’s massage therapists employ therapeutic bodywork that soothes musculature sore from stress, injury, or physical exertion. The center's cosmetic technicians outfit themselves with top-secret technology, including a skin-firming ultrasound machine and an aesthetic laser system.
At the helm of Wake Up…With MakeUp! is Barbara Strafella, a 20-year beauty-industry veteran who knows how to renew visages with treatments tailored to each individual’s skin ailments. After sleuthing around skin for impurities, the specialist begins a deep cleansing to rid pores of dirt, oil, and whac-a-moles. While skin gorges on the epidermal desserts that arrive inside the custom-formulated mask, the aesthetician’s lithe fingers dance a relaxation-inducing number across T-zones and necks. To top off the visage refurbishment, under-eyes don a potent vitamin C mask for 10 minutes in order to brighten the sensitive skin surrounding peepers and ward off optical scurvy.