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Hand and Stone Massage & Facial Spa in Wellington
By Sabeen Faquir
When you enter Hand and Stone Massage of Wellington, you are carried into a state of serenity. Relaxing music, comfortable chairs, and a soft waterfall make waiting for a massage or facial soothing. You will find the wall lined up with Dermalogica facial supplies, as well as a boutique brand called Clarity Rx. You can even pick up Biofreeze, a popular topical product for relieving pain.
You will be offered cucumber or lemon water. Sitting in the waiting room feels like a different world from the hustle and bustle outside, visible through the glass doors. It’s like peering through a looking glass.
Hand and Stone Massage opened September 5th, 2015 in Wellington, and the reception has been fantastic. They did a Facebook promotion and found 1,100 friends before they even began. They also hosted a promotion where they gave away 150 free massages in one weekend.
Hand and Stone Massage was founded by John Marco, a physical therapist. He saw the power of massage and first opened a Hand and Stone in Tom’s River, New Jersey, where Bill Butrymowicz, owner of Hand and Stone Wellington, frequented. It was walking distance from his house and because of his bad back, Bill would get a massage every 3 to 4 days. Bill says for his back he tried everything, including acupuncture, but the only thing that helped was massage! He brings this memory to his work, every day.
At Hand and Stone, an in depth consultation is necessary because massage is not a “one size fits all.” For example, a customer may have heard about deep tissue massage, but it may not be right for him or her, so a consult would direct the client to the best massage for his or her needs. Hand and Stone boasts about their highly-skilled therapists. They hire experienced therapists and give constant, continued training.
When you enter through the waiting room door into the massage and facial rooms, you are again transported into another world. There, it is peaceful. Dark rooms help you relax and soothing music can distract you from any tension you may still carry.
Hand and Stone Massage offers deep tissue massage, sports massage, Swedish massage, prenatal massage, and hot stone massage, to name a few. The hot stone massage is the signature massage for which the company is named. Unlike the photographs where you may see stones placed on someone’s back without any manipulation, a true hot stone massage utilizes the stone as an extension of the massage therapist’s hand. It delivers a moist, heated massage for a deep massage with less pressure.
Hand and Stone Massage may particularly be beneficial for the equestrian community in Wellington. The legs and back experience strain during equestrian sports and a massage may be just the thing to ease back pain! You can even personalize your massage with foot scrubs, hand therapy or peppermint scalp treatment.
But Hand and Stone is not only a place for massages. You can get a facial or hair removal services too! Hand and Stone decided to offer these services because they wanted to give patrons a resort spa experience at an affordable price. While you may spend up to $500 at a day spa for a massage plus facial, you will get that service under $100 at Hand and Stone.
Dermalogica, the brand of facial products mentioned above, is the number 1 recognized brand world-wide. It is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale at The International Dermal Institute where estheticians from Hand and Stone receive ongoing training. A popular line of products is the Age Smart line for mature skin. Cleansers and correcting serums are also popular. Clarity Rx is a smaller brand that is known to be paraben-free and perfume-free. There is no animal testing for Clarity Rx products, and it is well-known among health-conscious customers.
Surprisingly, facials are a busy side of Hand and Stone Massage in Wellington. And the good news is that you can get a facial there for only $49.95! Hand and Stone also offers full body hair removal with a soy-based “wax” that attaches to the hair, not the skin.
Now, to get into some of their offers – there is a lifestyle and rewards program. The lifestyle program is great for Wellington residents because it offer a month to month membership rather than a yearly contract. Members can cancel or freeze at any time. The program includes one massage or facial a month. With our rewards program, you will earn points you can use towards free services or gift cards at a reduced price. Ask about their monthly subscription program, where you get the most value for your dollar.
Hand and Stone is a family-owned business. Owner Bill wanted to enter business with his younger son, Kyle, who graduated college in 2011. His wife is also active at the location, and you can find any one of them preparing rooms or greeting customers. You will always find at least one family member of the Butrymowicz family at Hand and Stone Massage in Wellington, at any time during the week.
Because the location in Wellington is new, Bill and his family are still putting out feelers to get involved with the community. They already donate blankets to Big Dog Ranch Rescue on Acme Road in Wellington.
Bill and his family want their customers at Hand and Stone Massage to leave happier than when they came in. That’s why the first words you may hear after a massage or facial are, “How was it?” Remember that relaxing portal you entered through? Upon leaving Hand and Stone Massage Wellington, you’re there again. And, most likely, after unwinding with a massage or facial, you will answer “Wonderful!”
Hand and Stone Massage & Facial Spa
(In the Trader Joe’s plaza)
2863 S. State Road 7
Wellington, FL 33414
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Highland Chocolates: The Chocolate Factory with a Heart
Story and Photos by Terri Marshall
Chocolate factories are happy places. The sweet smells make your nose happy and the delicious samples make your taste buds happy. But Highland Chocolates in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania will make your heart happy. This little chocolate factory located on the historic and picturesque Route 6 in Tioga County has been making delicious chocolates since 1994. More importantly, Highland Chocolates has been making lives better for those in the community with intellectual disabilities. Owned by Partners in Progress, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, Highland Chocolates employs 19 individuals with various intellectual developmental disabilities.
Upon arrival we were greeted by our tour guide, Michael, who has been working with Highland for 10 years. He handed us each a hairnet and led the way into the small factory. Michael explained the equipment, had us guess the names he had given equipment – like Willy Wonka. He introduced us to each person working the line and explained each job. When the production manager, Lacey, tried to interject with additional information, Michael was quick to tell her, “I was going to say that!” He was an absolute delight and very funny – passing out high fives to anyone who could guess the correct answer to his quizzes.
Each employee worked diligently at his or her assigned tasks as we walked through the factory, but all looked up to say hello. One young lady was responsible for sorting broken pretzels from whole pretzels. The whole pretzels would be covered with dark, milk and white chocolate. The broken pretzels would become part of Highland’s popular pretzel bark. The pretzels are donated by Herr’s, a Pennsylvania based pretzel company.
Other popular treats included chocolate covered Oreos, chocolate covered almonds, and fudge. They also offer snack mixes and have hundreds of molds for specialty chocolates like sports, transportation and holidays. Highland’s also offers customized molds with corporate or individual logos as well as gift baskets. Factory tours are offered daily and are free, but a donation is always welcome. During Christmas and Easter, Highland’s opens the factory to allow grandparents and grandkids to make chocolates together.
We happened to be visiting on a day when Roberta was working. Having been with Highland for 17 years, Roberta has perfected the process of making the famous pretzel bark and was very happy to share her tricks of the trade with us. As she was talking, Michael walked over to her, gave her a hug and said “Roberta’s a keeper.” Personally, I think everyone at Highland Chocolates is a keeper.
As the holiday season approaches and you start to make your shopping lists, consider ordering from Highland Chocolates. You won’t just be giving the gift of chocolate, you will be enhancing someone’s life. www.highlandchocolates.org
Terri is a New York City based writer who is happiest when she’s globetrotting and loves bringing stories of her adventures to her readers. She is the Globetrotting Grandmom for TravelingMom.com, the National Chocolate Examiner for Examiner.com, Special Projects Editor for TravelSquire.com, and a contributor to several other publications. You can learn more about Terri and her work at www.trippingwithterri.com. Connect with Terri on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TrippingwithTerrior on Twitter @trippingwterri .
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