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Though Brittany's is a full-service body and soul renewal center, the salon has set aside three of its bellwether beautifications for today's deal. The one-hour signature facial ($75) will swipe expired skin cells for a fresh set while clearing pores for a gentler glow. The spa manicure and pedicure ($85) treats the helmets of finger and toe tips, while the cut and style ($35 for women, $20 for men) lops split ends and tames cowlicks. An "element one," or beginning-level hairstylist, will wield the clippers and cutters during the haircut, which also includes an AlfaParf in-studio treatment ($15–$50). The process livens up head-toppers with AlfaParf hair products that contain warlock weapons of bamboo, diamond dust, and cashmere.
Dr. Bernard, resident physician of Park Place, A Medical Spa, attempts to foil the effects of aging and excess body blubber with noninvasive med-spa procedures. His trio of chemical peels uses either powerful phenol, trichloroacetic acid, or gentler alphahydroxy acid to unveil younger-looking skin. He leaves countenances supple enough to invent never-before-seen expressions with custom facials, and sweeps away surface imperfections such as fine lines, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation with microdermabrasion.
In addition to skincare-focused services, the doctor performs health- and body-related treatments, such as K1 whole-body vibration, which aims to improve circulation and muscle tone with oscillating vibrations created by thousands of mexican jumping beans. Also making the list are Lipo-Ex treatments—which harness advanced technology to smooth cellulite and tighten sagging skin—hydrogen-peroxide teeth-whitening, and laser hair-removal treatments.
At TherapyWorks of Jacksonville, relaxation is only a side effect. The therapist-s main goals for treatments are more medically minded: treatment of injuries, pain relief, stress reduction, and improved quality of life for their clients. Founder James R. Lehman leads the team of licensed massage therapists and physical therapists, whose services cover common massage modalities, such as deep tissue and Swedish, as well as more specialized neuromuscular and orthopedic work. These therapists personalize each appointment to address a number of rehabilitative concerns, including relief for chronic neck and back tension, automobile and sports injuries, and the weight-bearing aches associated with pregnancy or watermelon smuggling.
All three TherapyWorks clinics strive to craft goal-oriented regimens for their visitors, focusing on concrete outcomes rather than merely suppressing symptoms. They also accept most insurance plans, provided patients have a physician's prescription for treatment.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lewis Obi of Renaissance Center for Cosmetic Renewal has assembled a staff dedicated to the artistry of beauty-enhancing therapies. A Jacksonville native, Dr. Obi served in the United States Marine Corps and graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a pharmacy degree. He then continued his medical education at the University of Miami, where his medical thesis was published in the international magazine Medical World News.
Dr. Obi performs myriad plastic-surgery procedures such as face-lifts, tummy tucks, and liposuction, as well as minimally and noninvasive laser procedures ranging from skin tightening to laser hair removal. He and his technicians also perform facial cosmetic treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and photofacial treatments that aim to treat a variety of skin types and ailments, such as rosacea, sun damage, and Sharpie unibrows.
Located on San Jose Boulevard on Jacksonville’s Southside, Aveda Institute is a well-oiled hub of cosmetology where in-training hair stylists and cosmetologists complete weeks of hands-on schooling to become certified Aveda technicians. From the impressively large lobby complete with makeup and skincare samples to the separate hair and nail salon areas, Aveda Institute is a one-stop shop for beauty needs. The school also offers reduced fare services where students (overseen by supervisors) perform everything from haircuts and highlights to shampoos, color services, blow outs and several styles of pedicures. Staff members are friendly and accommodating, in preparation for working in Aveda salons upon graduation, and satisfaction with your beauty needs is their highest priority. The institute is clean and offers the same trend-setting services available at other high end salons for a fraction of the price.
Although the seaweed-wrap services have yet to be reviewed, CityVoters named Alpha Beauty Clinic the second-best facial provider in 2008.
At Custom Massage by Cana MM31403, licensed muscle whisperers neutralize symptoms of stress with thorough kneading services, complemented by a suite of facials, chemical peels, and waxing treatments. Muscles melt under the ministrations of nine massage modalities, ranging from the gentle petrissage and effleurage strokes of Swedish massage to aromatherapy, which harnesses ambient vapor and topically applied essential oils to soothe minds and clear away scent memories from time spent lost in an orange grove. Patrons can recline on luxurious massage tables, surrounded by neutral-toned walls hung with artistically rendered om characters, or for a $20 additional fee, waived for handicapped customers, staffers can coddle bodies in a home visit. The spa is conveniently located near the Riverside, Downtown and San Marco neighborhoods.
Even before taking their place on the massage table or in a heated pedicure chair, customers who walk into Elite Salon & Day Spa have a sense of the luxurious relaxation they can expect. They're greeted with complimentary beverages before being ushered into softly lit private rooms where candles flicker, and stress is submerged under a wash of relaxing music. Among other services, aestheticians improve skin with facials that use Repêchage products, a seaweed-based line manufactured in the United States. For those who need a getaway from family responsibilities or a stressful job turning the sun on and off every day, spa packages sequester guests in serenity for three to seven hours.
A lobby decked out with leather chairs, stained wood, tiles, and flowers greets visitors to Massage Bliss & Day Spa, preparing them for a spa visit that melts away the stress and responsibilities of the modern workday. Soft, low lights and gauzy curtains hang over heated massage beds, and two candlelit couples-massage suites surround pairs in a sensual glow during romantic anniversaries or ill-advised first dates. Deep-cleaning facials flush out clogged pores and stimulate blood flow with natural ingredients, such as apple pulp and flaxseed, and aromatic salts and coconut oils soothe digits during spa mani-pedis. The day spa's arsenal of sophisticated technologies beautifies and rejuvenates bodies, with its infrared sauna detoxifying and purifying skin and its TriActive laser smoothing out dimpling and cellulite.
At Blissful Wellness Medical Weight Loss Centers, Dr. Elyssa Blissenbach and her team of licensed medical professionals and counselors devote their medical expertise to combating obesity. They take a three-pronged approach to slimming clients: customized programs, top-shelf supplements, and constant support. Like snowflakes’ DNA strands, no two patients are alike—and so staff members carefully calibrate diet and supplement plans to suit each client's metabolism, condition, and body type. The program also provides a support system for clients, offering everything from individual therapy to group outings to help ensure long-term weight loss.
Pampered and Polished Spa in the Arlington area of Jacksonville is a full-service spa and salon providing skin and esthetician services. The low-key treatment center offers everything from facials, waxing, manicures and pedicures to a variety of body work and massage therapy services, including couples massage, Swedish massage, hot stone massage and full-service hair options. Soothing and calm with rattan chairs, a palm tree tropical theme, bamboo rolling shades and dim track lighting, the sea foam soft colors and dimly lit therapy rooms at Pampered and Polished Spa provide relaxation and comfort. A mural of a large tree in the lobby feels calm and serene, and the prices won’t make you lose your cool, either. For the budget-conscious, weekly specials and holiday packages are available as well.
For more than a decade, licensed chiropractic physician William Foland has practiced the arts of assuaging spinal aches and fostering holistic health at his eponymous wellness center, Foland Chiropractic & Spa. Spinal adjustments, the cornerstone of his practice, realign the 132 spinal joints that can cause pain in surrounding tissues when they fall into misalignment due to strenuous activity or sleeping on a roller coaster. Onsite x-rays help guide adjustments, and therapeutic massage complements bone adjustments by increasing flexibility and speeding up circulation. A spectrum of spa services beautify physiques, such as fuzz-eradicating IPL laser hair removal and skin-buffing microdermabrasion. The center’s flexible appointment calendar accommodates walk-ins as well as scheduled sessions.
Licensed paramedical aesthetician Stephanie Bell has stayed abreast of technological advances throughout her career, which spans more than a decade. At Total Body Aesthetics, which is celebrating its six-year anniversary at a new location with five studios, she equips clients with HCG diets, Synergy AMS treatments, and Formostar body wraps to help them lose inches and stay fit. To assist with skincare, she buffs and purifies faces with Clarisonic brushes, which pulse at 300 movements per minute, as fast as a Ferrari’s standing heart rate.
Bell balances the clinical feel of high-tech gadgets with the welcoming feel of earthy decor. Private treatment rooms brim with natural light filtering through thatched blinds. Plants add an organic touch, as do thick, sand-colored linens.
For more than 20 years, Dr. Brett Hirsch has studied advanced treatments to restore lush heads of hair to men and women. Among the most advanced treatments he performs, NeoGraft hair-transplant therapy reduces the recovery time and scarring of traditional hair therapies. A completely noninvasive option, low-level laser therapy attempts to bolster the growth of thicker, more robust hairs by promoting blood flow to the scalp. More dramatically, Sensigrafts, Virtuesse, and Reallusions hair-restoration treatments outfit sparse scalps with realistic locks available in many colors, textures, and rainbow-fro styles.
Winners of multiple awards from Local10.com, the stylists at Xanadu Salon & Spa maintain a beauty oasis, a stress-free haven where they pamper guests with everything from hair and nail care to facials and massages. Some are licensed Aveda Institute graduates who tame tresses with an arsenal of products, including Aveda, Paul Mitchell, and Pureology. As delicious as they are effective, their chocolate or milk and honey body scrubs help reduce the appearance of cellulite while softening skin. In addition to keeping skin healthy, technicians also help bods look their sharpest with airbrush makeup, eyelash extensions, and tanning services.