Sol Elements Massage Studio aims to bring a serene peacefulness to minds and healthful beauty to bodies with soothing yoga, spa, and massage-therapy treatments. Private and small-group yoga sessions boost spatial and spiritual awareness, and antioxidant-rich red-wine wraps infuse skin cells with life-giving moisture and an intricate knowledge of vintages and terroir. A wealth of gentle massages, exfoliating scrubs, and relaxing aromatherapy treatments not only ease away the troubles of the workday, but also promote wellness and health by leaching out toxins and increasing circulation.
Jai Michael Barry's massages are as relaxing as the new-age music he loves to create. That's because the founder of Ancient Art Massage & Bodywork, who has recorded three albums and played numerous benefit concerts in his other life as a songwriter, gets the little details right: the massages take place on heated tables and incorporate treatments ranging from ayurvedic aromatherapy to egyptian ear candling. It's also because his repertoire is so broad. Jai can spend a session relieving stress with Swedish techniques, treating head and back pain with craniosacral therapy, or manipulating the body's energy with reiki. He also leads meditation sessions on the night of each full moon.
It’s safe to assume that a barbershop named Mens Place focuses mostly on men’s grooming services. Look around the entrance, however, and you’ll find no sign that reads “No Girls Allowed.” Rather than flaunt its status as a male-only retreat, Mens Place opts for subtlety with its glossy stone floors, black-leather chairs, and dark-wood accents—not to mention haircuts and styling services that create sharp new looks in a business-like 30 minutes. When they do exceed that self-designated time limit, the stylists have good reason; usually they take a few extra minutes to highlight locks or camouflage gray hairs. When they turn their attention away from the scalp, it’s to arch eyebrows, shine shoes, and escort their clients to a jacuzzi bath filled with cologne.
Affinity Life Spa’s talented professionals perform an array of cosmetic and corrective services, including facials, LipoSonix, laser hair-removal treatments, IPL laser treatments, and permanent-makeup procedures. For patrons seeking stress relief, massages in the form of Swedish and deep-tissue modalities shepherd muscles into serene states; holistic treatments such as acupuncture and hypnosis target unhealthy habits and foster overall well-being. Staffers send guests home with a positive-thought card that helps keep dispositions brighter than a Harvard-educated flashlight.
Deena puts her degree from Florida College of Natural Health to use at Love Your Skin, Spa. She offers a wide range of spa services, artfully rendered with professional products from Image Skincare. Clients can stroll in for a high-grade chemical peel, a skin-smoothing wax, or an energy-aligning acupressure massage. And before they get pampered, they can take in the spa's soothing ambiance in a naturally lit reception area decked out in mocha and dark-chocolate tones.
Demi Nicole's stylists use top products from Paul Mitchell, Influance, Kera Care, Avalon, and Global Keratin to supplement their many hair services. In addition to the traditional haircut and style—they pride themselves in their short-hair cuts—the team performs sew-in and bond-in weaves, which can add length and volume to hair and 100% more pony to a tail. Also on offer: brow and lip waxes, makeup, highlights, and lash extensions.
Leveraging a collective average of more than 15 years of experience, the licensed and certified massage therapists at Altamonte Springs Massage tend to all manner of sore muscles and soft-tissue maladies. To begin each session, the staff listens to clients’ needs and pairs them with the therapist best qualified to treat their conditions. The therapists then blend a variety of techniques—Swedish, deep-tissue, trigger-point, sports, and neuromuscular massage—to provide relief that's otherwise unattainable from a single modality or a series of slap fights.
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