The palm tree-lined campus at Sunstate Academy betrays its function by appearing on the surface to be an upscale salon. Yet, instead of performing the services themselves, the professionals inside are teaching and observing students as they put into practice their knowledge of cosmetology at the school's Salon Solaris. At pristine styling and wash stations, they cut, relax, color, perm, and condition hair. With the diversity of student interest comes diversity of services, and patrons might be pleasantly surprised to find dreadlocks, candy curls, finger waves, and elephant ears on the menu. The apprentices also dabble in nail and spa services, performing mani-pedis, and facials.
Essentials Massage & Facials' Spa professionals relax weary bodies with a collection of therapeutic services. Soothing massages employ a collection of kneads, strokes, and manipulations to reduce tension and disentangle body knots, with luxurious add-ons such as paraffin treatments and aromatherapy. The skin-savvy techs also rid frames of unwanted stubble with waxing services, smooth out wrinkles with chemical peels and microdermabrasion, and soften countenances with professional skincare products during facials.
At Facilitated Therapies, J. Ann Palomar and her team strive to help others feel their best by combining relaxing spa treatments with massage modalities ranging from relaxation massage to cranio-sacral therapy. Cranio-sacral therapy releases tension in the connective tissues that run throughout the body––including the craniosacral system, which spans from the head to the tailbone and includes all the tissue, membranes, fluids, and midichlorians within––and can ease ailments ranging from neck and back pain to headaches.
Along with massages. Facilitated Therapies also offers other spa services such as pedicures and manicures and facial treatments.
The stylists and aestheticians at Metro Hair Salon and Spa call on years of training and acclaimed beauty brands such as Sadoc, Alfaparf Milano, and Shellac to refine appearances from head to toe. Inside one of three cozy studios, staffers rejuvenate damage and smooth down frizzled follicles with deep-conditioning recovery treatments and Brazilian straightening techniques. Coif artisans carefully steer scissors through strands, cutting and styling hair to frame faces or bypass highly ticklish shoulders. The spa also indulges other bodily regions by dipping hands in silky paraffin, infusing facials with renewing caviar, and unearthing tension with focused deep-tissue massages.
With his Bhatki massage, licensed therapist Jerry Held performs a specialized form of bodywork that blends Reiki energy work with effleurage. The services begin with a scalp massage and moves downward, working nerve endings in the head, feet, hands, and ears to steadily relax the body. After applying Biotone massage lotion, Jerry applies pressure up and down along the neck and back at varying speeds, all the while enhancing the relaxation with aromatherapy, hot packs, and hot towels. When he's not calming nerves and keeping clients' muscles from playing Twister with each other, Jerry might be found volunteering with the Hospice of Florida or the Adopt a Park program.
A flair for wellness is in Dr. Theresa Hartley's blood. She worked at her father's chiropractic practice as a child, which helped her to establish a deep understanding and respect for natural healthcare methodologies from a young age. Now at the helm of her own chiropractic center, Hartley Chiropractic Center, she relieves patients' pains in a new space with a dedicated massage space, two exam rooms, and a strict no-limbo sticks policy. The state-of-art facility serves as a comfortable oasis for those dealing with general body aches, sports injuries, and other spine-based maladies.