Three years ago, Melissa Doyle knew she would be adding a three-letter word to the end of her name. At the time, the academia-bound student was intent on garnering the distinction of PhD. In the middle of one her exams in July 2010, however, she had an epiphany—those weren't the three letters she wanted. Realizing that her passion is helping people achieve optimal health, she decided to instead study yoga and adopt three new letters to her name: LMT, for licensed massage therapist. In addition to teaching three yoga classes per week and therapeutically tearing out the pages of her old course books, she is available throughout the week for custom massages and private yoga instruction.
Licensed cosmetologist Tim Smith offers custom hair services to make locks gleam with glamour. Hair-trimming experiences commence with a consultation about desired style, hair characteristics, and tresses' happiest childhood memories. Tim encourages his styling subjects to tote along photos of desired hairstyles in order to transform each panache-less mop as successfully as possible. He then shampoos hair with naturally based Aveda products and clips coifs into the desired 'do (a $35 value). In order to completely revamp looks or convince friends you are a sorcerer, Tim will also tint hair with a single, all-over color (a $65 value) or with partial highlights (a $100 value with haircut).
Licensed massage therapist Angel Seals understands that relaxation isn?t one size fits all. To help clients achieve the physical and emotional benefits of massage, she customizes head-to-toe treatments for each individual who reclines on her table. Angel listens carefully to their issues while fine-tuning sessions, addressing concerns such as muscle and joint pain, stress, or headaches. Then she devotes the full amount of time to the massage itself, never starting the clock before clients have removed their ceremonial sashes, undressed to their comfort level, and settled onto the padded massage table. Guests stay draped and cozy in the heated room while muscles are soothed with kneads and ears are treated to soft music.
Licensed massage therapist Marissa McCallin employs her skilled, nimble touch and holistic understanding of the body to imbue clients with total relaxation from head to toe. A graduate of the Florida School of Massage, Marissa penetrates beyond the skin’s surface with strokes that knead away anxieties and taps that convey verses of Italian poetry to muscles into Morse code. Massage treatments help to improve circulation and lower blood pressure, and Marissa’s traditional Japanese reiki sessions holistically care for the body and mind with gentle, noninvasive techniques. Flanked by a lily pond and white picket fence, the quaint green cottage that houses the Center for Balance radiates with a sense of warmth and calm. Inside the office, crisp white walls give way to framed scenes of sunsets and sleek wooden floors host a cushy brown couch for preappointment relaxation.
Richard Fulmer specializes in integrated massage-and-personal-training sessions, which can assist clients in reaching wellness goals such as weight loss, greater strength and flexibility, and improved sports performance. The IMAP approach first measures the body's capabilities with a range-of-motion and stability assessment—Richard gauges each person's mobility and stabilization before organizing exercises for them to complete. The massage portion is likewise customized to the individual, as Richard combines modalities from Swedish to connective-tissue release and dispels tension from overworked muscles.
Licensed by the Florida Department of Health, Toni Creamer blends long, flowing strokes and trigger-point bodywork to ease deeply-rooted aches. Shoulders slacken beneath the effleurage of Swedish techniques, while signature chair massages bolster circulation in torsos and arms and maximize the range of motion for La-Z-Boy footrests. For a more holistic approach, Toni’s Thai foot reflexology employs a formalized sequence of stokes from the tip of the foot to the top of the knee to counteract maladies deep within the body.