Imagine for a moment diving into the ocean, resurfacing with not only memories of the sub-aquatic environment, but a full reel of photographs, too. Underwater photography is just one of the many courses offered at Scuba Quest, a family-owned company that has shown students how to safely explore the seas for more than 25 years.
Scuba Quest began as a single shop, but has since spread to six locations across the state of Florida. At each, the company’s NAUI-certified instructors lead refresher courses, beginner classes, and comprehensive certification programs. Rather than climbing into fish tanks while pet-store clerks are on break, Scuba Quest's students can put their new skills to the test in unfamiliar waters during the company’s exotic diving excursions around the globe.
Each Eye Doctor?s Optical Outlets location is doctor-owned, uniting the staff with a common vision to sharpen sight and boost eye health. Eye examinations reveal prescriptions and uncover any other ocular problems. After patients choose a new set of lenses, the in-house technicians get to work crafting them in the shop?s own lab rather than sending them off to be made during a summer camp?s arts and crafts day. Sundry designer frames border eyes in looks from Giorgio Armani and Marc Jacobs to Nike and Harley Davidson, and there is usually a trio of technicians in the shop, enabling multiple clients to summon help with a single pigeon call.
Certified personal trainer, Carrie Kukuda, pulls from her own weight-loss and exercise trials when coaching her students through kettlebell, boot-camp, or personal-training sessions. Her 45- to 60-minute boot-camp classes motivate exercisers through kettlebell training, TRX resistance work, running, and yoga moves to tone muscles and jump-start heart rates. In addition to exercise, nutrition guidance leads patrons in slimming down with heart-healthy and energizing meals that eschew bacon-wrapped donuts stuffed in bacon-wrapped donuts. Throughout all programs, Carrie inspires participants to soldier on with endless positive motivation and fitness tips for all types of students.
Soft candlelight and soothing music waft through Body Angels Spa as licensed massage therapists and aestheticians pamper, calm, and beautify visitors in rooms modeled after a sultan's quarters. Individual clients, couples, and their strictly platonic imaginary friends sink into private treatment rooms during massages that refresh tired muscles with techniques such as cupping—the placement of warm, aromatic basalt stones atop zones of tension. Aestheticians sculpt nails, wax away unwanted hair, and refurbish faces with PCA skincare products. Airbrush artisans turn down skin's white balance during spray tans.
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The relaxation mavens at Releaf Day Spa pamper visitors with a slew of sumptuous services and French, sea-based Phytomer products. Knead-needing anatomies can actualize with a one-hour relaxing and therapeutic massage, which uses an array of techniques to leave bodies stress-free, newly limber, and humming like a lawnmower over AstroTurf (a $65 value). Continued therapy can help boost circulation and immune-system security.