Along with her partner, Arturo Diaz, Paola Salamanca decided to open Studio Spa Garden of Healing in 2009, located in a renovated two-story cottage lit by ample windows. The spa—winner of MyCityBeauty magazine's Best Spa in Orlando award—represents a tripartite marriage of Paola's interests in television and film, her family's work in the beauty industry, and Arturo's career in acupuncture and natural medicine.
This harmony among diverse elements becomes apparent as soon as one walks in the spa’s front door and encounters, amid shades of pale lilac, Arturo crafting herbal remedies or redirecting energy pathways with acupuncture. Not far off, beyond a skin bar stocked with Dermalogica products, guests sip sangria or herbal tea in a dimmed relaxation room as they await appointments for facials or a variety of massages, including deep tissue, Thai massage, and "tui na," a Chinese therapeutic massage.
Having traveled abroad to locales such as Spain, Colombia, and India, the spa’s staff boasts knowledge of basic skincare techniques as well as advanced or alternative methods such as vacuum therapy and fire cupping. For her part, Paola works with actors and models and often travels on-set to share her wisdom—a fact that may explain her penchant for adding a dramatic musical score to each of her treatments back at the spa.
For more than 20 years, the trained techs of The Loft at Dawchers have kept beauty belts packed with Redken haircare products while also offering customized hair, skin, nail, and massage services. Nestled in the building's second floor, the New York City?style loft welcomes guests into a tranquil beauty haven where relaxation is doled out in the form of aromatherapy massage, exfoliating facials, and informative makeup lessons. The salon and spa's connecting outdoor patio displays an open-air space, complete with a rainbow-hued sun mural, where clients can show off their best downward dog during yoga sessions or host private parties.
Affinity Life Spa’s talented professionals perform an array of cosmetic and corrective services, including facials, LipoSonix, laser hair-removal treatments, IPL laser treatments, and permanent-makeup procedures. For patrons seeking stress relief, massages in the form of Swedish and deep-tissue modalities shepherd muscles into serene states; holistic treatments such as acupuncture and hypnosis target unhealthy habits and foster overall well-being. Staffers send guests home with a positive-thought card that helps keep dispositions brighter than a Harvard-educated flashlight.
Desires for relaxation and beauty come in many forms. That’s why the staff at Amber Skin Clinic & Day Spa wields a range of equipment that varies from single-use acupuncture needles to Palomar hair-removal lasers. The gentle hush of makeup brushes drifts through the space, which brims with racks of G.M. Collin products, pumpkin scrubs, and mirrors configured not to show your mysterious twin Cranston.
Signature Service: Oxygen Lift Treatment
Brands Used: Image Skincare, Aura Cacia organic essential oils, and Biotone
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: For healthy skin, drink plenty of water, eat lots of veggies, and laugh every day.
Sometimes the little things make all the difference. Do you bake any supplementary services into your main services?
All treatments include complimentary aromatherapy and hot towels. Facial clients also can choose from a hand and arm massage, foot reflexology, and scalp massage. Massage clients will feel the soothing heat of a moist heat pack to loosen tight back muscles.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
I love the energy of stones, crystals, and minerals. I have a set of quartz crystal singing bowls that I will sometimes play during a service. It is like a massage at the cellular level. It brings a meditative element into each service, which further enhances pain relief, stress reduction, and rejuvenation.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a client?
Just last week, I had a first-time client call the morning after her service because she could not wait until her next appointment to tell me how amazing she felt.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I believe that the better we care for ourselves, the more we have to give to our family, friends, and community. Allow me to guide you down the path toward a happier and healthier body, mind, and spirit.
Growing up as a child in Iran, it wasn't unusual for Happy Farshid to see Turkish baths known as hammams. But when he came to America, they, like people who actually liked soccer, became significantly harder to find, according to the Orlando Sentinel. So Farshid decided to open one at his own spa, Shala Salon & Day Spa.
Shala's traditional Turkish bath surrounds guests with blue mosaic tiles imported from Italy, Moorish arches, and a domed ceiling. Guests take in their opulent surroundings while basking in the hammam's relatively gentle steam and lying down on a heated tile slab in the center of the room, where they typically receive a thorough massage and an exfoliating body treatment.
These immersive escapes are only one of the many options available to Shala's patrons. Stylists are also on-hand to design flattering new haircuts and weave honey-colored highlights into tresses. And aestheticians perform everything from waxing and basic facials using ?minence Organic Skin Care products to skin-rejuvenating photofacials and cellulite-reducing Endermologie procedures.