If you ask Cora Ciaramello about her profession – one she has been practicing for twenty years – she will likely describe it in several ways. She’ll say she is a licensed massage therapist, electrologist and aesthetician. But after just a few minutes of conversation it becomes obvious she is more than all that. She is following a vocation driven by a passion to help people feel and look their best, promoting health-based skin and body care.
For Cora, it’s all about helping others feel good about themselves using the skills she learned through years of study, training and doing.
“It’s been a journey,” Cora says, referring to the inspiration that guided her on the path to launching Changes Spa & Aesthetics. The altered course was quite a diversion from the successful sales and marketing career she had been experiencing for nearly two decades; the one college had prepared her for.
But like many of life’s U-turns and winding roads, Cora’s diversion resulted from some personal circumstances along with a measure of introspection.
One circumstance was her own boost in self-esteem following a series of skin treatments for some problem areas. She recalls that “The experience boosted my self-confidence and my desire to help others feel better about themselves.”
Resulting from her own experience, Cora decided to switch gears and begin skin care studies, first with electrolysis. She apprenticed part time, while still working in the sales and marketing arena.
It was after two life-changing experiences, however, that she made the choice to surge full steam ahead on the skin care and wellness track.
And she has never looked back.
Cora says that it was during her father’s battle with leukemia that she fully realized the benefits and rewards of personal attention and care for others. “When my dad was in the hospital with leukemia, I would go to see him
every day to cleanse and put compresses on his face, hands and feet. I would massage his hands and feet a bit as well,” she adds.
“It was then and there, that I discovered how happy someone can look and feel,” after soothing attention, “and decided that was what I wanted to focus on as a career.”
Following this awakening, Cora began intensively studying aesthetics, even taking advanced classes to further her knowledge, experience and skills. As a New Jersey licensed aesthetician and electrologist, she worked at her calling for years at different spas and salons.
A second life-threatening experience – this one a serious auto accident in which she was involved – motivated Cora to further pursue well-being practices and routines: massage therapy.
“During my recuperation from the car accident, I discovered how much massage and yoga improved my recovery process.” As a result, Cora decided to add massage therapy to her skills, taking courses to become a fully licensed therapist. She is also a devout yoga enthusiast to keep herself limber and flexible, a vital part of her wellness regimen.
With so many skills and such a wide breadth of experience – not to mention, Cora’s passion for wellness – it is no wonder that her vision, Changes Spa & Aesthetics, is no ordinary in-and-out salon du jour.
Cora believes there is no ‘one size fits all’ where skin and wellness are concerned. “I call Changes a ‘boutique’ salon because it is different and unique. It’s not like some franchise that has a revolving door of experts and consultants,” she quips.
“Each client receives a full evaluation. At Changes we aim to provide an authentic skincare experience that provides personalized, results oriented treatments in a relaxed boutique setting. Our goal is to improve our clients’ skin and nourish the body and soul…one client at a time,” Cora emphasizes.
“My passion is helping people look and feel their best!” she adds. And her passion is her goal – one she achieves one client at a time. Just ask one!
Kim's love for skincare and makeup began at a young age. "My stepmother worked at the Estee Lauder counter and gave me extra samples and the obsession began," says Kim. It wasn't until years later at another makeup counter, that she was inspired to go back to school to pursue a new career as a licensed aesthetician.
Kim attended Artistic Academy, where she was encouraged and motivated by great teachers to learn not just in school, but to continue her education through advanced treatment classes and seminars to offer the most effective treatments available.
"Being a part of Changes has been amazing. When you work one on one with clients, there's a level of trust they develop that allows me to get to know them. This enables me to focus on the needs of each individual, tailoring treatments to the specific needs of their skin while leaving them feeling pampered and relaxed at the same time," she says. They offer a wide range of products and techniques, so each time you come in, it's a new and exciting experience.
She also specializes in eyebrow waxing. "If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then brows are the frames," she quips.
Kim's passion for skincare has carried over to her desire to help empower women. For the past 1 1/2 years, she has donated her time to Look Good Feel Better, a program that helps women with skincare and makeup as they go through cancer treatments. "I am so inspired by the courage and grace these women display while going through such a difficult time. Spending time with them strengthens my belief in the power of giving and helping others while prompting me to find new ways to share my experience and knowledge to help others" she adds.
In addition to her love of skincare, she is a very talented jewelry designer. "Making jewelry is my form of meditation, it really relaxes me," she shares. Her designs are available exclusively at Changes Spa.
"My goal is always to help people achieve healthier skin, making each client feel special, more confident and beautiful."
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To ensure a relaxing experience , it is helpful to arrive 15 minutes before your first appointment to complete your paperwork.
Gratuities are greatly appreciated and may be accepted in the form of cash only.
A 24 hour cancellation is required for all treatments. Insufficient notice to cancel or reschedule an appointment is subject to a charge of the full service value.