Stylists at Tiffany's International Salon focus on keeping both scalps and tresses looking healthy, working skillfully with thinning hair and styling braids to avoid breakage. Along with haircare, staffers also relax and beautify clients with massage therapy, nail services, waxing, and facials.
For years, Jennifer Brady saw how people constantly neglected their skin, but as an office worker in the business world, she felt she couldn’t do anything about it. Then one day she decided to answer her calling and become a skin therapist. She now works at The Center for Natural Healing, improving people’s skin at the cellular level with noninvasive anti-inflammatory and antibacterial treatments.
Brady joins a diverse staff interested in natural healing, including Zimbabwe-born massage therapist Candace Tranter, who encourages clients to call her after a massage to discuss their fantasy-football lineups as well as anything that’s still troubling them emotionally or physically. Tammy Pangburn also massages away pains and performs reiki to balance health, and Noneen O’Rafferty treats symptoms such as sciatica and Bell's palsy with acupuncture.
Physical and metaphysical healing go hand in hand at Alive & Well A Holistic Center, where seasoned practitioners target bodies, minds, and spirits with alternative medicine. Natural-health consultations often include iridology, a technique that involves examining the eyes' irises to uncover potential causes of pain, fatigue, and other unpleasant symptoms. Armed with this information, staffers may guide clients toward healing modalities such as reiki, a Japanese energy-balancing technique, or reflexology, a type of foot massage believed to promote full-body wellness. Herbalists and massage therapists may also recommend nutritional supplements and essential oils to help fight headaches, insomnia, or lethargy. Yoga instructors shepherd students toward stress release and physical vitality during group and private classes filled with ancient poses and breaths as deep as Poseidon's diary entries.
Integrative Medicine Center's Drs. A. Hanna and Lidia Okonski welcome clients in for a combination of spa services and holistic medicine. Dr. A. Hanna is board certified by NCCAOM in acupuncture and oriental medicine, and Dr. Lidia Okonski, who does not perform acupuncture treatments, is a board-certified psychiatrist. Focused on improving personal well-being and health, they center the center's holistic-medicine approach on acupuncture, homeopathy, and nutritional medicine, such as corrective diets focused on vitamins and not eating grapes realistically painted onto drywall. Their spa services, meanwhile, emphasize the external—the menu includes body wraps, facials, waxing, and aromatherapy.
Dr. Ralph Garramone, recipient of Castle Connolly Medical's Top Doctors award in Gulfshore Life magazine in 2010, oversees a staff of medical technicians who thwart hostile hair takeovers with ultramodern laser technology. During each approximately 15-minute laser hair-removal session, the guest lies on a treatment bed as concentrated light beams hone in on unwanted follicles, using heat to stunt hair growth. After the lasers zap away overstaying stubble, the technician applies a soothing gel to cool and comfort skin. For optimal results, Ralph Garramone Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa suggests six treatments five weeks apart from each other to render the epidermis as smooth and hair-free as a freshly shorn bowling ball.
Smoothie King's staff inundates cups with more than 90 different flavors of made-to-order smoothies, served alongside a menu of healthy and nutritious treats. Buzzing blenders liquefy fruits and optional enhancers, increasing the swimmability of the seven categories of smoothies, including the Trim Down's low-fat Angel Food concoction ($4.69–$7.99) and the Snack Right's Caribbean Way with papaya, bananas, strawberries, turbinado, and honey ($4.69–$7.99). Palates can funnel all-natural chocolate through straws submerged beneath the sweet surface of the Peanut Power Plus Chocolate ($4.99–$8.99). With the oft-dry palate properly watered, mouths can then chomp down on solid snacks, such as natural chips ($1.09–$1.79), jerky sticks ($2.09), and Cliff Bars ($1.39).