Individual styling stations stand freely throughout Brittany’s Spa Salon, their pointed-dome mirrors reflecting shiny hardwood floors and shelves stocked with rows of professional salon products. Brittany Molina founded her studio after graduating from cosmetology and hair-design programs in 2002, and she continues to expand her repertoire at educational events in New York City, Paris, and Spain. She shares this knowledge with her team of stylists, teaching them new techniques for creating vibrant colors and weaving in strand-lengthening extensions. These skills have certainly paid off; since its founding, Brittany's Spa Salon has been featured in publications such as Ortega Times and Folio Weekly. Hairstyling is merely one aspect of the salon’s service menu. As guests recline in plush black chairs, technicians brush nails with vibrant Zoya polish and carefully remove chinese finger traps. Private rooms nearby host relaxing massage-therapy sessions and moisturizing Dermalogica facials. When she isn’t styling hair or overseeing her staff, Brittany is something of an inventor: shelves throughout the salon stock jars and bottles filled with her own line of hair products.
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.
Though massages are the main source of comfort at Jacksonville Massage Suite, the time before and after each session offers its own comforts. Cozy decorations add an upbeat sparkle to a spacious waiting room where guests can lounge on leather furniture until their appointment. And each treatment ends with an evaluation of muscular health, which Jacksonville Massage Suite's licensed therapists help clients maintain by suggesting flexibility exercises.
Customized to each client's needs, the massages themselves can incorporate elements of eight styles, from slower Swedish strokes to more intense trigger point treatments. Jacksonville Massage Suite's therapists likewise cater massages to specific groups, from pregnant women seeking relief from leg cramps to athletes recovering from an especially taxing huddle.
Licensed paramedical aesthetician Stephanie Bell has stayed abreast of technological advances throughout her career, which spans more than a decade. At Total Body Aesthetics, which is celebrating its six-year anniversary at a new location with five studios, she equips clients with HCG diets, Synergy AMS treatments, and Formostar body wraps to help them lose inches and stay fit. To assist with skincare, she buffs and purifies faces with Clarisonic brushes, which pulse at 300 movements per minute, as fast as a Ferrari?s standing heart rate.
Bell balances the clinical feel of high-tech gadgets with the welcoming feel of earthy decor. Private treatment rooms brim with natural light filtering through thatched blinds. Plants add an organic touch, as do thick, sand-colored linens.
One part salon and spa, one part fitness center, 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.
Elements of Style's seasoned cosmetologists, aestheticians, and massage therapists combine their talents to augment outer appearances with progressive beauty techniques and products from Redken, Design Essentials, and Chi. A lineup of tress-taming services reimagines manes with haircuts, coloring, and advanced keratin smoothing treatments, and waxing services swiftly oust unwanted strands and superglued prop mustaches. The salon's master manicurists buff and polish claws, and relaxation experts knead away stress with head and shoulder massages. Elements of Style thoroughly pampers passersby with comprehensive gift packages that include facials, massages, and mani-pedis.