Salon Ultima pampers clients from scalp to toe with its indulgent spa services. The menu of beautifying treatments is diverse, ranging from facial waxes and hairstyling to restorative mani-pedis with long-lasting gel polish. Guests may also revamp their complexions with microdermabrasion or request a permanent-makeup consultation with a licensed cosmetologist.
The licensed ligament looseners at It's All About Me raise drooping spirits with a relaxing mind and muscle makeover. Open up body drains and let office worries, crop anxieties, squirrel training troubles, and other daily stressors pour out over the course of a 60-minute Swedish massage. Designed specifically for relaxation, this technique focuses on loosening tight spots and garnering a sense of overall well-being. This session of light-pressure kneading stimulates increased blood circulation and limbers limbs enough to allow for an immaculate back flip into the neighbor's Jell-O pool.
As business partners, spouses, and licensed massage therapists, Gary and Karen Amundson have spent the past 23 years mending muscles at Massage Therapy Center of Florida. Their sinew-soothing skills caught the attention of the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, who dubbed them Business of the Year in 2000. Gary and Karen begin all of their massage sessions with heated lotion and conclude with a hot towel, sandwiching in techniques such as prenatal massage, trigger-point therapy, and myofascial release. In addition to nurturing injured tissues, they keep their shelves stocked with Biofreeze, a menthol-infused topical pain reliever that subdues soreness and cures rare cases of shoulder halitosis. Gary and Karen also collaborate with licensed aestheticians Donna Byrd and Laura Symons, who nourish epidermises with spa treatments such as facials, body wraps, and waxing.
At Artistic Cuts Salon & Spa, a cool blue tile mosaic greets visitors when they approach the desk, scarcely concealing murals of swans and cranes that usher in a feeling of serenity. Beneath hanging lanterns, specialists perform a variety of salon and spa services for men and women. Stylists tame locks with custom haircuts, coloring, perms, and straightening treatments, which can be complemented by other beauty services such as waxing and permanent makeup. Spa technicians also reward bodies with massages, facials, and skin treatments such as microdermabrasion.
When Joanna Mazurek calls relaxation an "art," she knows what she's talking about. The Green Peace Art of Relaxation founder is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, though today she's more likely to be dripping massage oil on a tense back than paint on a canvas. Her massage credentials include certification in the stretching techniques of Thai massage as well as mastery of reiki, an energy-based Eastern healing method.
As an advocate of aromatherapy, Mazurek sells scents made from sage, lavender, and other organic ingredients, which together are meant to relax the muscles and moisturize the skin. That's not to say she's averse to more high-tech methods, though. During face- and body-sculpting sessions, she uses microcurrent electrical impulses to make skin produce more collagen, just as electricity shocked Ben Franklin into producing better screenplays.
The physician-led programs at Club Reduce approach weight loss via two holistic approaches that are informed by science. Comprehensive programs may spring fully grown from the cranium of Zeus or from one-on-one consultations, during which practitioners may send samples of clients’ saliva or hair to the lab for analysis that will reveal hormone imbalances, or they might direct clients to input their diet into a computer system that will highlight vitamin deficiencies. These programs target personal obstacles to slimming down, such as hormone irregularities and sugar dependency, and may be tailored to relieve chronic headaches or allergies or restore health to lackluster skin. The second path sidesteps regimes in favor of three discreet, relaxing treatments that aim to noninvasively jumpstart the metabolism and catalyze natural detoxification processes.
The trained paw pamperers at A+ Nails shine up nails with the refining ministrations of an express mani-pedi. Over the course of approximately 30 to 50 minutes, skilled technicians equip opposable knuckles with shiny new finger helmets worthy of a Costanza hand model. Patrons bold enough to put hands and feet where a member of the skilled staff can see them reap rewards including a hand and foot soak, hot-towel massages, and a neat nail trimming of fingernails and toenails. To ensure a polished appearance, technicians gently groom cuticles into more sightly dispositions. Finally, perfectly symmetrical tips enjoy pampering denied their formerly unruly predecessors, including a gentle massage with skin-silkening lotion. The speedy service concludes with a coat of colorful polish, sealing in a brightly hued shine for top and bottom tensomes.