Licensed Massage Therapist Karen Thomas is no stranger to beach life. After leaving her native home of Trinidad and Tobago, Karen found herself in New York City before settling back into the sands of Sarasota, Fla. Here, she helps rid clients of aches while unfurling tension and helping them boost their overall wellness. Stress, she says, can tangle the body, both physically and mentally. Through her practice, she not only provides pain relief, but also guides her clients on best-practice lifestyles, including diet and exercise tips.
While Karen often enjoys lazy afternoons reading a book on the beaches of Siesta Key, the LMT always remembers the education that brought her here. She graduated from the Swedish Institute ? A College of Medical Science in New York City, with a degree in occupational studies. She remains an active member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.
The massage therapist at Marjon the Salon reduces stress and eases body tension with calming or intensive one-hour massages. Patrons sip a refreshing complimentary mimosa, and the muscle-soothing maestro relaxes weary backs with Swedish techniques, including long, fluid strokes, kneading, and occasional tapping to communicate with nerve endings via Morse code. The Swedish style, designed to decrease anxiety and improve circulation, can be administered with a gentle or firm touch or with scarlet-hued gelatin fish. For a more powerfully focused massage experience, a deep-tissue massage finesses fascia with forceful pressure, targeting areas of chronic pain and knotted tension.
More than 150 total years of experience lend steadiness to the shears of Grooming Lounge Barber Spa's barber-stylists, who create stylish cuts that continue to look sharp as they grow out. Combining traditional barber styling techniques with a tropical, Tommy Bahama theme, the shop creates a relaxing atmosphere for men that includes flat-screen TVs and a beverage bar. In addition to cut and color treatments for both men and women, Grooming Lounge offers relaxation, deep tissue, and hot stone massages, which release tension from the body brought on by each hair's absolute terror at finally facing down a pair of scissors.
Fusion Skincare & Bodyworks' licensed aesthetician and massage therapist Ricardo Dixon relaxes clients with custom massages and bolsters complexions with facials, peels, and microdermabrasion treatments. Six types of facials include services designed to combat signs of aging and treatments. Rounding out the skincare regimen, Fusion offers full-body scrubs, masks, and waxing.
The depilation artists at Brow Art 23's boutique produce carefully sculpted eyebrows and perform precision threading and waxing services. During their signature eyebrow-threading services, the boutique's technicians wield two threads over fuzzy body surfaces to pull out fine hairs or sculpt fuzz into neat shapes quickly and effortlessly. Their arsenal of eyebrow-pampering products also includes angled eyebrow brushes, stencils, and makeup to glam up bland brows and keep new looks fresh at home. Threading can also be done on other parts of the body besides the face, leaving any area smooth or remaining hair formed into the name Denise. The boutique also offers henna tattoos and eyelash extensions, rounding out its suite of beautifying services.