Essentials Massage & Facials' Spa professionals relax weary bodies with a collection of therapeutic services. Soothing massages employ a collection of kneads, strokes, and manipulations to reduce tension and disentangle body knots, with luxurious add-ons such as paraffin treatments and aromatherapy. The skin-savvy techs also rid frames of unwanted stubble with waxing services, smooth out wrinkles with chemical peels and microdermabrasion, and soften countenances with professional skincare products during facials.
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.
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.
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.