The weary and the worn seeking respite from the rigors of life have to look no further than the nearest shopping mall. At Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa, the tense transform into the tranquil.
Hand and Stone assists locals in freeing themselves of worries by offering a wide array of massages, facials, and waxings. Guests can choose from a variety of massages including hot stone, trigger point, swedish, sports, and deep tissue, among others.
Each room is equipped with heated tables and adjustable light and sound controls designed to make the experience as pleasurable as possible. Whether taking a loved one or friend, or escaping on your own, the staff of twenty five is there to put the stressed at ease.
"Customer service is our number one priority," Lucy Frost, owner of Manalapan Hand and Stone, said. "We have a group of extremely talented therapists and estheticians. We give upscale service without an upscale price."
"Most people get massages to relax and relieve different physical ailments," explains Frost. In addittion, massage therapy can help lower blood pressure, improve mobility and flexibility, and benefit one's overall health.
For those who have never experienced the joys of spa treatment, Hand and Stone offers new guests services at a reduced rate.
"Everyone gets a discount the first time they come in. First time clients get a significant discount for either the swedish massage or hot stone massage. And we offer facials. Upon their return, they are welcome to return as a member or non member. If you're someone who gets facials or treatment reguarly, it's in their best interest to become a member because all the services will be at a discount," Frost said.
"Our most popular service is the relaxation massage. It's a typical Swedish massage that can be customized to whatever the person's needs are," adds Frost. Guests who choose the fifty minute Swedish massage pay $89.95, while a fifty minute hot stone massage runs $109.95. Facials start at $89.95 for guests but drop to $59.95 with membership. All services feature greatly reduced prices for members.
With the second largest consumer spending holiday arriving on Sunday, Hand and Stone is offering deals for last minute Mother's Day shoppers, including $10 off spa gift cards and $20 off spa packages.
“We’ve found that moms really appreciate it when they get this kind of pampering for Mother’s Day,” said John Marco, founder of Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, through a company press release. “Mothers have so much stress in their daily lives, often playing many roles within the family, that this is an opportunity for them to relax and really be treated to something they might not otherwise do for themselves.”
“Mother’s Day is the day each year that moms look forward to having time to themselves,” added Marco. “We’re here to provide a calm, soothing atmosphere and our massage therapists have the experience to do just that.”
Premiering in 2005, Hand and Stone has more than 40 locations in 12 states and Canada. The spa chain will be adding 40 more destinations by the end of the year, according to a press release.
"We're here seven days a week, and we'll be celebrating our two year anniversary on Mother's Day," states Manalapan owner Lucy Frost.
Located on Route 9 South in Epicenter Plaza, Hand and Stone is open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit their Web site and Facebook Page.