Even as a little girl, Tamara Baker kept herself busy inventing natural beauty remedies in her parent’s kitchen. When she grew up, she became a freelance makeup artist, creating designs for the Bozeman Opera Association. Later, she transitioned into the world of skincare, learning the ins and outs of aesthetics from dermatologists and plastic surgeons. Eventually, she went on to teach others the tricks of the trade at Florida College of Natural Health.
Today, from her second floor treatment room within Clix Salon and Spa, Baker relies on her more than 20 years of experience to help visitors battle blemishes and the signs of aging using a blend of organic and cosmeceutical treatments. Limited-edition facials naturally brighten complexions with seasonally themed creams and essential oils, and exfoliation treatments—ranging from chemical peels to dermaplaning—gently remove dead skin cells and rough patches. The seasoned aesthetician can also resurface skin using a Dermafile wand. Those suffering from fine lines can opt for the collagen-stimulating glow of a LightStim LED Light Therapy treatment.
Often spotted at local fashion shows, bridal expos, and other events, Hair Connoisseurs Salon & MediSpa's assorted stylists, aestheticians, and ache easers coddle bodies with services for hair, nails, and skin in a flower-filled lakefront facility. In the salon, nimble shears create new styles for men and women, perms and relaxers alter hair textures, and highlights and color treatments get head threads to shimmer without weaving a false ponytail from sunbeams. Gauzy fabric hangs from the ceiling of the private room where trained massage therapists aim to reduce stress with soft kneading, direct pressure, or aromatherapy oil blends. At stone-topped manicure stations, technicians beautify fingers and toes with acrylic, fiberglass, and silk wrap nails, which can be tapped on coral stone accent columns to summon the ghosts of dried-out polish bottles.
Dorothy, the experienced aesthetician behind Eternal Youth Skin Care, protects her clients from the dangers of invasive procedures and toxic products with her collection of holistic facials. Among options that clients would be hard-pressed to find on another spa’s menu, the laser-alternative facial combines BioLamp therapy with hyperbaric pressure that pushes minerals deep into the skin. In a similarly innovative vein, Dorothy’s Botox-alternative treatment starts with a light peel and enhances the effects of its ingredients with small electrical currents. Aside from these and other facial treatments, Dorothy heals skin and helps shoulders sprout their nascent wings with infrared body wraps and holistic energy work.
At Altamonte Springs Body Contouring, technicians overseen by the medical director, Doctor of Chiropractic Ken Ross, firm and tighten faces and bodies without resorting to surgery. First, clients undergo an in-depth one-on-one consultation that determines how to custom tailor their treatments. They might qualify for a face-lifting microcurrent facial, a skin-sloughing microdermabrasion, or a collagen-boosting and tightening ultrasound or radio-frequency facial. Clients might also get an ultrasonic fat-reduction treatment designed to help clients to lose weight without dieting excessively or pushing their car to work every morning. The technicians track each client's progress throughout their treatments. The treatments are noninvasive and require no downtime.
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.
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.
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