Founder Kay Williams graduated from the Sarasota School of Natural Healing Arts in 1981, then from the International Dermal Institute in 1997. Since the early ‘80s Kay has plied her trade in Naples, and she brings this abundance of training and time-earned wisdom to bear as the therapist-in-chief at Blue Lotus Spa. Decorated with Asian artwork and plants, the elegant white interiors of Blue Lotus Spa are counterbalanced with rich, dark wooden cabinets that were probably made in a forest by enchanted yet well-paid elves. In the spa’s beautiful massage rooms, which sit atop red floors, massage therapists perform bodywork services. Among those services, bamboo massage, Zen Thai massage, and reflexology sessions stand out, and crowd pleasers such as custom therapeutic massage and hot-stone massage inform the spa’s ability to accommodate a diverse clientele. Aside from bodywork therapies, the staff performs body treatments, facials, and waxing services within the comforts of private treatment rooms.
The serenity of the Atlantic waters doesn’t end at the beachfront. A few blocks away stands Dermal~Care Esthetics & Wellness Centre, which parallels the soothing waves lapping against the shore with a holistic, tranquil environment. Headed by owner and licensed medical aesthetician Deborah McGarry, the aestheticians and massage therapists welcome clients with personalized and undivided attention, offering a chance to relax with a cup of organic herbal tea or gourmet coffee prior to treatment. The staff—which variously boasts education at the Florida Health Academy and authority as an oncology-certified aesthetician—administers each treatment at a leisurely pace, and ensures that it is as personalized as someone with a birthmark in the shape of their own logo.
A licensed massage therapist and the owner of The Purple Butterfly Massage & Spa, Joy Shockley eases aches and pains with a variety of massage modalities, including Swedish massage, acupressure, reiki, and reflexology. Joy uses organic massage oils to soothe skin as bodies stretch out on heated massage tables warmed by the glow of flickering candles, paper lanterns, and housetrained fireflies. Aromatherapy-oil scents fill the air inside private treatment rooms, where relaxing music serenades ears and a Persian salt lamp releases ions to boost positive energy as the massage therapist deftly undoes muscular knots, like a sailor untangling a net to free a beautiful mermaid.
Under the supervision of a physician, the aestheticians at EuroSpa of Naples beautify clients and soothe clients' exteriors with medical-grade products. Therapists perform venerated spa services alongside photo rejuvenation and cosmetic injections. To maintain a clean space and a clear conscience, the spa uses Vichy showers for select treatments and utilizes sustainable products and organic botanicals whenever possible, eschewing old-hat serums such as petroleum or Tasmanian tiger tears.
Trinity Holistic Healing Center's licensed massage therapist, Danielle Elverd, extracts long-held stress and tension using massage techniques focused on healing the entire body. Fostering relaxation and detoxification, she delves into sore spots with light to deep pressure that targets problem areas. She gently stretches muscles to discover the most tangled striations, inviting them to disengage from their tightly knit cliques. After squeezing out pain and tension from accidents, illness, or attempts to hail too many segways for piggyback rides, Danielle gifts each client with a flower as a postmassage thank you.
My Body TLC’s licensed massage therapists deftly harness and apply the power of human touch to improve and maintain whole-body health. Each Happy Feet reflexology treatment targets distal appendages with fingerwork designed to reduce stress, energize sluggish blood and lymph flow, and melt the icy hearts of callous nervous systems. Feet surrender sensitive spots to focused pressure during 30 minutes of relaxing manipulation, as therapists follow foot-bound maps of bodily systems to activate all-over relief and see whether patients have treasure buried in their gall bladders. Preface and append massages in My Body TLC’s serene waiting area, bathed in the gentle glow of colored light-therapy panels.