In the late '90s, Daniel Putnam founded a pain-management clinic that exclusively treated patients with doctors' referrals for muscular and skeletal aches. Over the span of about 15 years, his clinic expanded its services to offer clients—with or without referrals—relaxing and health-bolstering massages rooted in the business's specialization in treating pain. Today, Physicians First Choice Medical Massage and Spa's therapists combine their trained hands with a keen sense of understanding the source of one's pain to help clients recover from injuries, reclaim youthful vigor, and show a crowd how to spell "GATORS" quickly and accurately. Located inside a house originally built in the early 20th century, the practice features seven spacious treatment rooms adorned with unique decorations brought in by the therapists themselves.
The experienced aestheticians at Scentsational Journeys vivify visages and ease bodily burden by animating an eclectic roster of spa and salon services. Relieve backs of kinks, knots, and errant darts with the soothing strokes of a Swedish relaxation massage ($40 for a half-hour session) or the muscle-softening pressure of a deep-tissue massage ($45 for a half-hour session). Patrons can manage facial fringe with an eyebrow ($15), lip ($12), or chin ($15) waxing or prettify phalanges with a spa manicure ($22) and Exotic Mango Journey pedicure ($50). Other services include lash or brow tinting ($25) and custom haircuts for women ($20), men ($15), and humans less than 12 years of age ($10).
At Custom Massage by Cana MM31403, licensed muscle whisperers neutralize symptoms of stress with thorough kneading services, complemented by a suite of facials, chemical peels, and waxing treatments. Muscles melt under the ministrations of nine massage modalities, ranging from the gentle petrissage and effleurage strokes of Swedish massage to aromatherapy, which harnesses ambient vapor and topically applied essential oils to soothe minds and clear away scent memories from time spent lost in an orange grove. Patrons can recline on luxurious massage tables, surrounded by neutral-toned walls hung with artistically rendered om characters, or for a $20 additional fee, waived for handicapped customers, staffers can coddle bodies in a home visit. The spa is conveniently located near the Riverside, Downtown and San Marco neighborhoods.
Specializing in skincare, aestheticians at Perfection Skin & Body Studio perform a number of rejuvenating services in addition to makeup and lash treatments. They know that in order to achieve the beautifying effects of facials—improved tone and diminished impurities—treatments must first improve the skin's overall health. To do so, aestheticians select products from a range of elite lines, including custom-blended Bioelements skin care treatments, medical-grade Intaglio Cosmeceuticals, and the spa's exclusive line of NutraSkinRX products. The staff also boasts a savvy understanding of already youthful skin, offering manicures and facials for teens and children who consistently finish their dinnertime vegetables.
One part salon and spa, one part fitness center, and one part tattoo parlor, Alaric Health Beauty and Wellness is a one-stop shop aiming to glam up, firm up, and wind down clients' bodies. Hairstylists sweep men’s and women’s manes into trendy styles and nourish scalps with deep conditioner and hydrating scalp treatments. During one-hour Swedish massages, long, flowing strokes untie knotted muscles and help rejuvenate auras cluttered with stress and stale boxes of chi, and basic and deep pore-cleansing facials exfoliate visages to help skin regain a youthful glow. Inside the full-service fitness center, bodies work toward fitness goals among rows of weight and cardio machines, and can attempt to expedite results with help from a personal trainer or prescription weight-loss program. In between workouts or wrinkle-reducing cosmetic injections, bodies can seek out immediate and permanent aesthetic enhancements at the hands of resident tattoo artist Jimmy Riggs. With 15 years of experience and a background as a multimedia artist, he can easily translate any design to skin, whether it be a lover’s name, a portrait of a favorite musician, or small-scale replica of Jackson Pollock’s No. 5
Pampered and Polished Spa in the Arlington area of Jacksonville is a full-service spa and salon providing skin and esthetician services. The low-key treatment center offers everything from facials, waxing, manicures and pedicures to a variety of body work and massage therapy services, including couples massage, Swedish massage, hot stone massage and full-service hair options. Soothing and calm with rattan chairs, a palm tree tropical theme, bamboo rolling shades and dim track lighting, the sea foam soft colors and dimly lit therapy rooms at Pampered and Polished Spa provide relaxation and comfort. A mural of a large tree in the lobby feels calm and serene, and the prices won’t make you lose your cool, either. For the budget-conscious, weekly specials and holiday packages are available as well.