Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Held for New Hand & Stone

Clayton Cox and John Krafty, owners of the new Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, cut the ceremonial red ribbon, marking the grand opening of the Lower Nazareth Township location.

The opening of a new business can be hectic and a little stressful, to say the least. Unless, of course, the business you're opening is a new .

Clayton Cox and John Krafty, owners of the new Hand & Stone in , cut the , marking the grand opening of their business.

"This was a venture we decided to take on a year ago, and it's really an honor to see it come to fruition," Cox said. "We look forward to being a part of the community and contributing to the community."

The Easton Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

According to Cox, the Hand & Stone located in the Lower Nazareth Commons Plaza has been open since January, but he wanted to wait until spring to hold the grand opening.

While members of the public waited to enjoy complimentary chair massages and waxing (chin, eyebrow or lip), Cox and Krafty gave tours of the 11-room spa.

If a tension headache has you feeling weary, Cox explained, the signature hot stone massage will melt away that tension and stress.

The stones, which come in a variety of sizes for different parts of the body, are heated to 120 to 130 degrees. But don't worry about getting burned. Cox said that each massage therapist is trained to give an introductory stroke so the heat isn't jarring.

Other available massages include Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, sports, pre-natal and couples massage.

There are three rooms that are used solely for facials. You can choose from a variety of facials, including classic, men's, teen, rejuvenating, de-tox, sensitive skin, anti-aging collagen, back or chest treatment, salicylic peel, glycolic peel and microdermabrasion.

And there's waxing -- eyebrows, lip or chin, full face, underarms -- you name it.

Hand & Stone was launched in 2005 by John Marco, a physical therapist with 20 years of experience. Clients enjoy the treatment, but "most aren't just coming for the indulgence," said Todd Leff, CEO and president of Hand & Stone, in a press release. "They're coming for stress reduction and pain relief, with many coming based on the suggestion of their doctors."

The national chain operates 75 sites and plans to add 30 more in 2012.


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