Everyone needs a day to kick back and relax, and now with the opening of Hand and Stone Spa in Middletown, residents have one more option to choose from.

Franchisee Diana Simons opened her first Hand and Stone Spa location in Bear over two years ago, and after repeated client requests for a Middletown location, Simons has now brought her services to the M.O.T area, situating her spa at 401 South Ridge Avenue.

“We are the only franchise that offers facials, massages and hair removal,” Simons said. “The location in Bear was doing great, but we had a lot of clients that were driving from Middletown, Dover, and even farther than that, which is why we opened our second location.”

Simons noted that the Bear location reached 1000 members in under 18 months, and that she has similar expectations for the new Middletown location.

“I expect Middletown to accumulate the same number of memberships as Bear,” Simons said. “Just because there is a demand for ours services. There is just nobody around here that does what we do in this environment.”

Simons elaborated, noting that the therapist are instructed to customize the massage to the customers’ needs. Also, saying that the music and lighting are all able to be adjusted by the client, and that each massage table is also fitted with a heated pad that is also adjustable.

“The rooms are designed for your comfort,” Simons explained. “The therapists have a consultation with the customer before the massage, to better understand what the customer is looking for, and then if the customer needs adjustment in pressure, or areas being focused on, we encourage them to share that with the therapist to get the most out of their time with us.”

Rates are greatly reduced for first time clients and members. A typical Swedish massage is priced at $99.95, but for first time clients and members the price is $59.95.

“Our membership is very good for a number of reasons,” Simons noted. “First off, prices are discounted on everything for members, and we also offer a very flexible, month to month lifestyle membership.”

The membership costs $59.95 a month and includes a facial or massage. The membership also allows for the member to bring in as many guests as they would like, at membership cost, with each guest getting to take advantage of member costs twice in a six-month period.

Hand and Stone also offers several ‘enhancements’ for your massages, such as hot towel treatments for hands or feet, a peppermint scalp massage, or a mini cold stone facial massage, among others.

“Our most popular enhancement is the hot towel foot treatment,” Simons said. “My favorite though is the peppermint scalp massage. Your body is already so relaxed, and then the peppermint makes you feel so invigorated. It feels fabulous.”

The spa officially opened on Jan. 21, and remains open seven days a week, with weekday hours of 9 a.m. to 10p.m., Saturday hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information about Hand and Stone visit http://www.handandstone.com/spa/store/Middletown-DE