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.
Don't be surprised if you notice a natural rapport between the stylists at Stagecraft LLC. Since the salon never rents out chairs to individual contractors, the stylists—all of whom graduated from Paul Mitchell schools—work together as a team while their clients sit back with a glass of wine, soft drink, or coffee. That means they can collaborate, if necessary, to devise a haircut, style, or coloring treatment using Paul Mitchell products.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Advantage dote on visitors with a slew of custom massage techniques, including Swedish, prenatal, and deep tissue. Armed with warm blankets and a credo to respect patients' privacy, therapists begin each 30- or 60-minute session with a discussion on clients' specific aches and ailments. Therapists can also haul their equipment to office buildings for workplace chair massages that help reinvigorate fatigued employees or stressed-out water coolers during 5- to 15-minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.
Ray Boucher, the licensed massage therapist at Zen to You, is passionate about improving the health and happiness of his clients through massage therapy. He focuses on each individual’s needs, whether it’s more convenient to receive a hot-stone massage at home from his mobile-massage service, or visit Z Spa in Palm Harbor, where Ray untangles muscular knots in a soothing, private treatment room. Specializing in Swedish and sports massage, as well as neuromuscular therapy and myofascial release, Ray also incorporates passive stretching, trigger-point therapy, and muscle-energy techniques. He customizes each session to focus on problem areas and the release of chronically held stress.
New Horizon MediSpa offers medically supervised weight-loss and aesthetic treatments at three Tampa-area locations staffed by friendly, bilingual employees. Weight-loss programs include evaluations from doctors and nurse-practitioners who prescribe pharmaceutical weight-loss medications or weight-loss injections that stimulate the thin-down process. Another avenue to a slimmer belt is the low-calorie meal-replacement program, which includes a regimen of foods that can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Technicians also pare down pounds with nonsurgical ultrasonic-cavitation treatments that use ultrasonic waves to break up fat cells and often lead to slimmer figures and less-taxed hula-hoops. A variety of aesthetic treatments are available as well, including Botox injections, microdermabrasion, and wrinkle fillers such as Radiesse.
The myriad treatments at Fusion Medispa Laser & SkinCare Lounge span the spectrum of advanced aesthetics and soothing spa services. From the DMAE anti-aging Power facial, an intense round of exfoliation followed by a collagen-rich mask to hair removal with a GentleLase laser, more medically-focused procedures bring clients’ beauty dreams to life. Spa treatments such as deep-tissue massages, body wraps, and manicures transform the space into a haven for relaxation.