Hands on Wellness

Pain, stress, our environment—these all have an impact on our skin and our appearance. Hands On HealthCare Massage Therapy and Wellness Day Spa in Commack believes in providing treatments that link wellness to beauty.

This modest-looking storefront gives no clue as to the luxurious interior. The eclectic décor is warm and welcoming. I relaxed in an ultra-soft robe while waiting in an ochre-walled room with a beautiful water feature. The treatment room, which is the special room they use for spa parties, was one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. Each table was separated by drapes. I felt like I was in an Arabian fairy tale. The table was heated, comfortable and covered with rose petals.

{ad-beautyplaces}Vicki, a licensed massage therapist and esthetician, gave me a deep tissue and trigger point (accumulations of waste products around a nerve receptor) massage on my neck to help with pain and migraines. Manipulating trigger points can be a bit painful, but ultimately the brief pain provides relief from chronic pain. Vicki learned about it after seeking treatment for her own issues, making her a very empathetic and effective therapist.

Next, Vicki administered a dry brushing exfoliation—a gentle rubdown of the body with an exfoliation glove—followed by a chocolate back scrub, and she finished with an application of rose oil.

Jolie, also an LMT, then gave an oil treatment on my hands and feet, which she wrapped, and a Rose Petal Massage. After massaging each limb, she sprinkled it with rose petals. This massage was so incredibly relaxing. It was firm enough to help work out some kinks but gentle enough to lull me into a state of near self-hypnosis. Yes, that relaxing! She also used hot stones, which I cannot praise highly enough.

Once Jolie finished, I moved to a little sitting area and snacked on fruits, nuts and orange water while the table was prepped for my facial. Kelly, a licensed esthetician, examined my face and provided me with a Custom Ageless Facial using Glo Therapeutics and Eminence Organic Eye and Freeze 24/7 products. While the hydrating mask was on, Kelly treated me to the “I Wanna Be Sedated” scalp massage. Wow. By this time, I was pretty much turned to jelly.

I recommend you check out this amazing spa. Marla, an LMT and a Certified Lymphatic Therapist, knows what makes such services effective for mind, body and spirit and ensures that she and her staff deliver!


toni munna

Toni Munna is a native Long Islander who is always on the lookout for products that fulfill their promise to firm, hydrate, slim, soothe, de-wrinkle, plump, relax, de-stress, and just generally make you look and feel better. She a firm believer that wellness enhances beauty and has been testing beauty products and reviewing spas for you since the fall of 2006. You can reach her with questions at toni@lipulse.com.