Candice Motley brings 30 years of experience in the beauty industry to her work at Designz By Candice, which includes massages, body treatments, facials, and hair services. Her deep-tissue, reiki, and raindrop-therapy massage techniques relax bodies, and she adds additional treatments to help clients unwind, such as organic pomegranate and pure cane-sugar body scrubs and red-clay and chamomile body masks. After skin evaluations, Candice applies facials packed with Repêchage and Nu Skin products to cleanse, tone, and exfoliate complexions. In addition, she offers hair services, including haircuts, highlights and lowlights, perms, and smoothing treatments.
Alpha School of Massage in the Argyle section of Jacksonville offers a 900-hour massage therapy program with experienced instructors. It has 6,000 square feet of training and clinical space, as well as twelve separate massage therapy rooms for students to gain real-world experience. That means a surfeit of reduced-price massages for anyone willing to stop by and let students practice their handiwork. Morning and evening classes, as well as part or full-time schedules, are available to potential masseuses and masseurs looking for certification from inside the professional brick building, where neutral colors and a casual vibe mix with an airy space and stone terrazzo flooring. Part instructional, part therapeutic, Alpha School of Massage is a Jacksonville hub of massage treatments for both students and members of the public alike.
Helmed by Dr. Opachich, the team of holistic healers at Opachich Wellness Center uses Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (AAT) to diagnose allergens and retrain the body during allergy-relief sessions. During the one-hour procedure, practitioners expose patients to tiny amounts of allergens to determine which allergies, if any, exist. After identifying allergies to foods, airborne irritants, chemicals, and cupcakes frosted with pollen, a specialist treats bodies with a combination of acupressure techniques and positive-response modalities.
Working to help improve patients' overall health and confidence, Medex Clinic's staff draws on board-certified Dr. Asim Nouman's specialization in medical weight loss and aesthetics. Patients come in for an assortment of procedures, such as intense pulsed-light and microdermabrasion treatments, designed to treat issues ranging from skin blemishes to unwanted hair growth. An advocate of lifestyle intervention to prevent chronic diseases, Dr. Nouman makes sure to spend extra time chatting with patients during each primary-care visit, learning about everything from their health history to their hobbies to their favorite nonmusical sound. Medex Clinic, formally known as Avicena Family Care, is conveniently open until 7 p.m. on weekdays and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dr. Geoffrey Risley, the Jacksonville Vein Center’s medical director and board-certified vascular surgeon, and his staff specialize in safe and effective beauty procedures. During sclerotherapy sessions, a solution is injected into the inner lining of spider veins, debilitating their blood-schlepping capabilities and commanding permanent closure. Each arachno-battle lasts approximately 15 minutes and, despite intense needle-web projectile exchanges, patients feel only slight discomfort throughout the fray. Resilient spider veins fatigue most efficiently over treatments scheduled four to six weeks apart and after three to four sclerotherapeutic downpours, 70%−80% of them give up and exile themselves to the nearest desolate desert.
At Therapy for Living, licensed mental health and wellness specialists tackle problems from neck and back pain to struggles with assertiveness. Lori Beard heads the team, drawing on her masters degree in mental health counseling during therapy sessions geared toward issues such as marital strife and loneliness.