A visit to the Maitland makeup studio ensures you'll be glowing like that smug neighborhood glowworm for your next date or meeting with the Minister of Defense. Opt for a full makeup application ($65–$85) and experience the beauty-boosting effects of the KROMA product line, created by owner and celebrity makeup artist Lee Tillett from all-natural ingredients and featured at swanky soirees such as the 2009 Academy Awards and the 2009 Emmys. Or, if wild and woolly brows are obstructing your view of downtown high-rises and low-flying helicopters, opt for an expert brow shaping ($45–$55) to make your best features pop. The friendly brow wranglers rein in unruly and rebellious eye awnings and shape arches to complement your specific eye and bone structure.
Dr. Marc Ott has learned much about the human body in his years of treating sore muscles and spinal conditions, but one lesson stands out. “It's rare that what has made one patient better will be the same for the next,” he claims, and in keeping with this belief he and his staff strive to integrate traditional and alternative practices within their customized health-care plans.
More often than not, these plans involve some combination of chiropractic care and massage therapy. The former can relieve chronic pains with spinal adjustments, nutritional counseling, and holistic lifestyle advice, while the latter targets adhesions with Swedish, deep-tissue, and lymphatic-drainage techniques. These treatments—along with specialized procedures such as joint injections—can provide long-lasting relief from injuries sustained while playing sports or leveling parking meters with your monster truck.
Whereas most people enjoy retirement by relaxing, Mary Lou Boyle has enjoyed hers by helping others relax. By transitioning from her radio job to her current role at Saving Face Skin Care and Massage, Boyle returned to her original career path: More than three decades ago, she opened and operated one of Oviedo’s first full-service salons. Years later, she garnered more experience as a cosmetologist at an upscale salon, where she also delved into aesthetics. Boyle left for a stint in media and, after retirement in 2008, opened Saving Face. Now, equipped with years of experience and a license in massage therapy, she relieves pain and tension through massage therapy and rejuvenates skin with a collection of facials.
Licensed massage therapist Dorothy Mallett has been soothing sore backs for long enough to understand that no two are the same. In order to heal the wide range of ailments she confronts on a daily basis, she integrates several ancient massage techniques into her sessions. Though her targeted strokes are effective enough on their own, Dorothy often enhances them with warm oils and creams, hot stones, and moist heat to melt away tension and prevent friction. Massages aren’t the only spa treatments she has mastered. Her organic facials tend to skin above the shoulders by removing oil from pores and embarrassing traces of mom’s lipstick from cheeks.
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.
Longwood Healing Center and Spa's specialists use holistic methods to usher their patients toward personal beauty and wellness goals. Acupuncture, hormone therapy, and massage stimulate misaligned body systems to help improve clients' internal maladies. A variety of laser therapies is also available for body contouring and help with smoking cessation by distracting cigarette-delivery cats. Eschewing the use of drugs or surgery, the clinic aims to help visitors live a less toxic, less painful existence while helping them remain looking young.