Essentials Massage & Facials' Spa professionals relax weary bodies with a collection of therapeutic services. Soothing massages employ a collection of kneads, strokes, and manipulations to reduce tension and disentangle body knots, with luxurious add-ons such as paraffin treatments and aromatherapy. The skin-savvy techs also rid frames of unwanted stubble with waxing services, smooth out wrinkles with chemical peels and microdermabrasion, and soften countenances with professional skincare products during facials.
The staff at Colonic & Spa help to expel the toxins that aggregate in, and stubbornly cling to, bodily systems. During colon-hydrotherapy treatments, which take place in a private room, the client reclines on a comfortable, FDA-approved LIBBE machine as a pencil-size tube flushes the colon with warm, filtered water. The solution ushers out dietary debris and toxins, and a ventilation system ensures an odor-free experience. Clients who prefer to multitask are invited to read, work on crossword puzzles, or use a speech-recognition system to write a romance novel.
The spa is also home to massage therapists, who tailor sessions to address clients' specific ailments. Treatments may rely on the expansive and ebbing strokes of Swedish massage to boost detoxification, the more intense pressures of deep-tissue work to release chronic pain, or the lesser-known high-five modality to generate a sense of camaraderie and coolness.
Dr. Joseph Aprile returned to his Tampa hometown after obtaining his chiropractic license, which he now uses to promote whole-body wellness with advanced chiropractic care. Whether dealing with twinges of pain caused by sports injuries, car accidents, or crushing tax refunds, Dr. Aprile and his associate, Dr. Simon Groseclose, espouse a natural healing philosophy that ditches drugs and surgery for corrective spinal adjustments, spinal decompressions, and digital x-rays. The doctors further encourage well-being with laser-therapy sessions, which aim to stimulate the body’s natural healing process by repairing injured tissues with infrared wavelengths. Dr. Aprile is also a licensed massage therapist, and he puts his hands to work gently kneading tight muscles and joints with custom massages.
At Family Wellness Center, Doctor of Chiropractic Craig Anshus blends traditional chiropractic therapies with nutritional counseling, acupuncture, and soothing therapeutic massage. Dr. Anshus and his staff hone in on imbalance and structural problems in the body using detailed exams and digital x-rays, then devise a holistic treatment plan that takes into account the entire body. Practitioners prescribe corrective exercises to fortify the body, postural screening to break bad habits, and therapeutic massage to break up chronic stress patterns in the musculature.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
At Paradise Palms Chiropractic & Spa, which is helmed by Dr. Heidi Pickering, a combination of chiropractic and spa services work double duty while repairing pain and encouraging relaxation. Adjustments help realign the spine, and infrared body wraps work to calm sore muscles and speed up metabolism. Other body-sculpting tools include ultrasonic currents and radio frequency that tightens the skin and reduces fat cells.