Morakot Chaiyahanij and her team of 15 fellow massage therapists loosen muscles and reduce workaday stress at three tranquil, spa-style resort locations. Clients can unwind during soothing relaxation massages that leave backs as limber as a gymnast-shaped gelatin mold.
Licensed massage therapist Chuck Thissen's playbook of massage techniques is stacked high. There are Swedish and deep-tissue massages—the traditional methods for treating pain and stress—and then there are more exotic forms. Acupressure focuses on the same meridian points as acupuncture but uses pressure instead of needles, and neuromuscular therapy relieves pain by balancing the musculoskeletal and nervous systems the way a circus performer balances his diet between peanuts and popcorn. Thissen is a part of the Cocoa Beach Wellness Center, where specialists offer skin, body, and detox services.
Located inside Infinity Salon & Spas in Cocoa Beach, Shea Nicole Yoga, Massage, and Reflexology is the private wellness business run by owner Shea Nicole Knight. A licensed massage therapist, reflexologist, and yoga instructor, Shea Nicole is passionate about helping her clients relax and achieve a healthy body and spirit. She eases tight muscles in her clients’ necks and backs and relieves chronic pain and stress through her soothing massage treatments. She also specializes in foot and hand reflexology—the ancient relaxation technique of applying pressure on certain points on the hands or feet thought to correspond to major organ systems in the body. If clients are looking to increase their flexibility and strength, they can take a private or semi-private yoga lesson with Shea Nicole at Infinity Salon or on the beach, which is directly across the street and next to the ocean.
At jon-michele's Massage Therapy, candlelight illuminates calming yellow and cocoa tones as therapists John Kihm and Michelle Johnson deploy an array of massages. Both kneading experts graduated from Space Coast Health Institute, and John went on to complete an internship with the Washington Nationals. The therapists specialize in the injury-assuaging strokes of sports massage, but also employ modalities such as Swedish massage to melt muscle tension more quickly than a radiator melts Legos. Deep-tissue massages delve into tension, hot stones warm targeted points for intense unwinding, and couples and pregnancy massage tend to tense twosomes.
At Simply Chic Permanent Cosmetics, licensed permanent-makeup artist Samantha Sweeney shortens morning routines and makes sure cosmetics stay put with a range of permanent-makeup services. Through a micropigmentation process, she can line the eyes, color the lips, or bring flattering definition to the eyebrows with pigment that will last for years to come. Every treatment process begins with a thorough consultation to determine the color, style, and shape desired, after which Samantha creates a natural look that can be worn alone during the day and serve as a base for more dramatic makeup when going on evening outings or Blue Man Group auditions. While performing treatments, the expert follows strict sterilization and safety standards and uses new, sealed, and sterile needles for each client.
Under the expert guidance of chiropractic physician Timothy Bortz, the staff at Laser Shape harnesses the FDA-approved Zerona cold-laser technology to trim inches from corporeal circumferences. As the red laser light glides across the client’s waistline, back, hips, and thighs, it delves underneath to liquefy and empty each cell’s fat stores, enabling the fat to escape through the body’s natural detoxification process and complex system of water slides. Free of the incisions that other fat-loss procedures rely on, the noninvasive treatment results in little to no pain, bruising, or recovery time.