When Michelle J. Alley decided to expand her career in massage to include holistic therapies such as acupuncture and Oriental medicine, she didn't just enroll in a local school. She hopped on a plane to Tokyo, where she studied Toyo Hari?a specialized form of acupuncture?under 40 of its senior practitioners. Back in America, she now serves as a member of the Toyo Hari Association's North American contingent.
At her wellness clinic, Altamonte Acupuncture, Michelle administers a vast range of services that integrates both massage and acupuncture. Other treatments include gua sha cupping therapy and reflexology, which, like acupuncture, are focused on improving whole-body function by boosting circulation and clearing stagnant energy. Because her services can ease the symptoms of a wide variety of ailments, loyal clients include everyone from athletes with chronic soreness to war veterans with injury-related pain.
Although a wide range of services are offered at Bonjour Day Spa & Nail Salon, they all fall under the same umbrella: relaxation. Bonjour's professional aestheticians, nail technicians, and massage therapists hold that umbrella with unwavering dedication. They knead away aches and pains with various types of massage, including Shiatsu and stone—a method that utilizes heated or chilled rocks depending on your needs and whether or not you have a nest full of bird eggs strapped to your back for safekeeping. The beauty experts also keep appearances fresh with facials, mani-pedis, and hair removal services, and bundle treatments into spa packages for individuals or parties.
A certified neuromuscular therapist and nationally licensed massage therapist, Krissy Moses created Gifted Touch in order to tailor services to the patient and their pain. Rather than using one modality to cover a variety of aches, Krissy and her team perform massage therapy, assisted stretching, and kinesio taping to ease pains from backs injured while trying to read the care label on a currently worn shirt.:m]]
Board-certified registered nurse practitioner Sandy Hutnick heads up the team of licensed aestheticians at 180medspa, where specialists pay close attention to every detail of the aesthetic treatments they administer. At locations in Winter Park and Boca Raton, Hutnick and her staff break up fat cells and rejuvenate skin using Lipo-Light therapy, facials, and other services. They specialize in fractional skin resurfacing, using laser technology to diminish scars, wrinkles, and blemishes, leaving smoother skin with an even tone. The team can also use the MedLite C6 laser to erase unfortunate tattoos, sending them back to the vault beneath Walt Disney's mansion where all bad illustrations originate. Laser hair removal, spider-vein therapy, and Botox injections round out the med spa's extensive catalog of beauty enhancement treatments.
The therapists of Living Health Center for Wellness believe in the healing power of touch, applying it everyday in personalized massage sessions that help clients manage everything from daily stress to lingering injuries. Each session typically draws draws upon multiple modalities tailored to each person. Techniques may jump from lymphatic drainage to reflexology, and then end with relaxing Swedish bodywork. These custom regimens invite a host of benefits that may range from a more relaxed outlook to healthier digestion. Beyond massage, Living Health's practitioners also specialize in midwife services to help women through all nine years of pregnancy.
When Kimberlea Isaac and Kelly Newton set out to start a spa, they made a commitment to the planet, to animals, and to their clients. When they concoct the products used in skincare, massage, and mani-pedi services, they do so by whisking organic and natural ingredients, making the products free of synthetic dyes, fragrances, and preservatives. Many of the items are chosen for their nonirritating qualities, and, just like the SATs, nothing has been tested on animals. Even the containers?which swaddle retail items in the onsite boutique?are friendly to the earth, and clients who bring in empties get a discount on future services. The rest of the packaging is recycled or recyclable, and printed with vegetable-based, biodegradable ink.