While Sun Hut Massage may be new to town, their talented massage therapists are not new to alleviating clients’ achy bodies. The experienced staff kneads away stress and knotted muscles during hot-stone, aromatherapy, and deep-tissue massage sessions. They also specialize in pregnancy massages for expectant mothers or really involved fathers-to-be.
Stylist Kara Hardin joins a team of experienced cosmetologists and aestheticians at Shear Illusions Salon. A full-service beauty salon, Shear Illusions provides hairstyling alongside a wide range of color, nail, and skin services.
Lisa Spears–formerly part of Waters of Hadassah– transforms beauty with hairstyling services that include cuts, perms, conditioning treatments, and color services. At Vero Bella Salon, she works alongside a team of beauty professionals who help in the transformation by preforming mani-pedis and other nail services.
When Tiffany Alys Richardson envisioned her career in cosmetology, she needed an alter ego to help her embody the creative soul that drives her work—Alys Noir. Within Waters of Hadassah Salon and Day Spa and throughout the Pensacola area, Alys Noir emerges to treat nails to buffing, moisturizing soaks, exfoliating scrubs, and colorful polishes, as well as to dote on hands and feet with relaxing massages. Noir draws from an arsenal of makeup to beautify faces for special occasions and ensure actors' features are visible under harsh stage lights or in the shadow of Banquo's ghost. Alys Noir also waxes and tweezes unwelcome facial hair and lends her artistic talents to custom artwork such as paintings, murals, and tattoo designs.
Cutting-edge technology marks the treatments at Indulge Skin and Body Care. The staff there uses light therapy to treat photo damage, and they turn to microcurrents and photobiostimulation to tighten the skin. Even the facials are innovative; in a process known as PowerBlending, skin specialists create them by combining ingredients based on the condition of each client's skin and the demands of the fruit bat that has taken the client's face hostage.
In oak-studded pastures awash with climbing vines and vibrant flowers, a horse whinnies and a startled peacock flies off to find shelter in a tree's branches. For Marilyn Gibbs, it's just another day at the office—the licensed massage therapist opened her studio on a ranch in order to give her clients the kind of tranquility they can't find in the city. With 15 years of experience, Marilyn switches her modality of choice to suit the needs of each client: focused compression addresses chronic pain during deep-tissue massages, and fluid kneads with forearms and elbows comprise her Hawaiian-style Lomi Lomi treatment. She also practices pain-focused myoskeletal-alignment techniques (MAT) and myofascial release, which gradually unwinds contracted muscles and encourage them to stretch. With a G5 Cellutec massager, a complimentary add-on to each treatment, she can even help fade the telltale dimples of cellulite.
After a massage, Marilyn's clients often benefit from increased flexibility and less palpable aches. A complimentary 15–20 stop inside her far-infrared sauna following massages can enhance these effects, warming joints and reducing soreness caused by headaches, arthritis, and other ailments.
Marilyn Gibbs, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT MA25768/MM8508, AL#33)
Led by hairstylist and fashion designer Takayah Norris, the staff at Royalty Hair Palace Salon & Boutique aims to live up to their name, treating all of their clients like queens. They achieve this by approaching beauty from multiple angles: they sculpt stunning hairstyles, professionally apply make-up, summon fresh layers of skin with facials, and stock the racks of their boutique with custom-made clothes and accessories. Therapists also perform deep-tissue, Swedish, sports, shiatsu, and reflexology massages to soothe away any lingering stress spawned from choosing a hair color that best compliments your favorite pair of Groucho glasses.