The experienced aestheticians and massage therapists at GreenLeaf Day Spa perform a spectrum of services to wash away everyday stresses and unpretty frowns. During a massage, a licensed massage therapist employs essential oils and lotions to help release tension in muscles and joints. Alternatively, facials infuse skin surfaces with a combination of organic ingredients from GreenLeaf’s signature product line. Waxing treatments can remove unwanted hair without the hassle of shaving or rolling in a pile of duct tape, and ionic foot detoxification draws out detritus and stale sawdust from the body. Acupuncture, makeup applications, and manicures ensure that clients look and feel their best when going out into the world or singing "You Are My Sunshine" to their boss.
Inside Head Quarters, gentlemen sip on complimentary beers and use free Wi-Fi during haircuts and massages. A flat screen television at each hair station plays the latest sports game while stylists drape hot steam towels over men’s mugs, gently knead their scalps, snip off errant strands, and trim hairlines for a clean finish. Licensed massage therapists are also on hand to coax stubborn muscles into a relaxed state using the gliding strokes of a Swedish massage or the more unyielding deep-tissue techniques.
The palm tree-lined campus at Sunstate Academy betrays its function by appearing on the surface to be an upscale salon. Yet, instead of performing the services themselves, the professionals inside are teaching and observing students as they put into practice their knowledge of cosmetology at the school's Salon Solaris. At pristine styling and wash stations, they cut, relax, color, perm, and condition hair. With the diversity of student interest comes diversity of services, and patrons might be pleasantly surprised to find dreadlocks, candy curls, finger waves, and elephant ears on the menu. The apprentices also dabble in nail and spa services, performing mani-pedis, and facials.
Nationally certified massage therapist Susy Iber has traveled around the world in her quest to help her loved ones heal faster. After training in massage in the United States, she flew to Mexico to learn acupuncture and to China to learn the ancient Eastern medicine known as qigong. Susy's extensive knowledge shines through in each of her personal appointments, during which clients can discover some of her diverse treatment options. All of these treatments tend to be oriented toward detoxification. Susy’s massages, for example, can help improve circulation, stimulate lymph drainage, and banish inner demons.
The certified technicians at Life Laser Therapy harness the noninvasive power of light to help squelch the body's cravings for tobacco and unhealthy foods. By applying lasers to specific energy points or barcodes on the hands, wrists, and face, they are able to stimulate the release of endorphins, which helps clients power through withdrawal symptoms and stress. They have treated more than 3,000 smoking-cessation and weight-loss patients, all under the guidance of the clinic's medical director.
The center's spa offers detoxifying treatments such as ionic footbaths and infrared sauna sessions, as well as beauty services that include facials, microderambrasion, waxing, and body wraps.
For 15 years, Mariuska Garcia sharpened her hairstyling skills in professional salons beneath the warm Miami and Los Angeles sun. Then, in 2004, she opened Uska's Salon & Spa and began sharing her knowledge of salon and spa services⎯including massage, waxing, peels, and mani-pedis⎯and filling shelves with products by DevaCurl, OPI, Oxygen Botanicals, and Wella. While her stylists work, white tree-branch silhouettes stretch across two onyx walls and attempt to braid clients' velvety locks.