Don't be alarmed if The Healing Connection's massage therapist Ana Smyth doesn't use her hands. One of her specialties is ashiatsu massage, in which she manipulates tight muscles and targets pressure points using her bare feet. But just like a juggling marathon runner, Ana's equally adept at using her hands, which she employs during relaxing swedish or intense deep-tissue massages.
Cobalt blue, bright turquoise, and fierce red hues can brighten up the inside Lavish Salon & Spa. But they aren't found on the walls or in paintings; rather, these vibrant colors are found on the heads of patrons walking out of the salon. Stylists’ outside-of-the-box thinking also includes asymmetrical layers and other funky dos. Of course, they just as adeptly imbue locks with classic golden hues and craft side-swept bangs for those aiming for a more timeless look.
Paradise Chic Spa welcomes guests into a lively atmosphere with vibrant green and hot-pink walls and wild cheetah- and zebra-print chairs. The nail technician’s artistic designs are just as wild, as she covers nails in painted flowers, bows, Hello Kitty, and a cameo of yourself 50 years from now. Stylists cut and color hair, and twist locks into adventurous updos for special occasions.
As noted in Seminole magazine, Sona Patel is an avid spa enthusiast who noticed a lack of affordable options in the Orlando area. Her solution was MicroSpa's technology-driven treatments, which have earned acclaim from Orlando Home & Leisure. Cushy massage chairs with far-infrared heat help evict knots and improve circulation, and sweat-inducing iSlim body wraps aim to oust toxins and promote weight loss. During teeth-whitening treatments, techs use hydrogen peroxide gel and an LED blue light to make teeth as bright as a newscaster's precocious hamster.
Spring of Life Health Spa's staff attends to sore muscles with bodywork services including stress-relieving Swedish, couples, and hot-stone massages. Owner Jeannie Wilmot specializes in reflexology, which focuses pressure on target points on the hands and feet to access and send healing energy through channels that run the length of the body. Along with massage therapy, the staff also relaxes clients with nailcare, facials, spontaneous harp playing, and spa packages.
Hair removal, massage, skincare?these are the marquee services at J Sterling's Hair Design, a relaxing boutique spa where client comfort is second only to results. The staff excels in state-of-the-art medspa treatments such as electrolysis and laser hair removal as well as more spa-like services such as the La Grand Classique Facial. This treatment uses anti-inflammatory plant extracts to diminish blemishes and give the skin a texture as smooth as a pitch from a velvet salesman. That's just one of nine facials offered here, along with chemical peels and microdermabrasion. Massage therapists provide Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal massages in private, sound-proof treatment rooms where clients have the privacy to let go of their stress and focus completely on the soothing bodywork.