Whether she’s soothing muscles with the gliding strokes of a Swedish massage, laying warm stones on the skin, or applying pressure to trigger points, Christella Gonsorcik adapts her kneading to meet the needs of each stressed or aching client she sees. In addition to her hands-on massages, Christella balances energy with reiki, a relaxing polarity treatment that rejuvenates clients while they are still dressed in their clothes or astronaut suits. Her skill with rejuvenation also extends into the body’s more superficial layers. Herbal body wraps are available to oust toxins and tone skin, and facials, like a manatee’s birthday cake, incorporate sugar, salt, and seaweed mud.
After walking through the front door to Healing in Harmony Wellness Center, the delicate fragrance of essential oils is the first thing that welcomes a visitor in, followed by earth-tone walls and friendly healers. Each member of the team works with clients to help overcome their health problems through an array of services that touch on massage, facials, reiki healing, and other therapies. With a menu of massage modalities and cupping techniques, clients have many options to choose from, such as the Soul massage, which incorporates reiki into soothing strokes and carefully applied pressure. To ensure clients also feel better on the outside, the staff performs aesthetic services including facials and nail services.
The mother-daughter team of Alison and Kristen Pope boasts more than 30 years of combined experience in the professional pampering industry and run a. Salon Galleria & Spa with a soft, well-moisturized fist. Though Kristen originally followed in her mother’s footsteps to become a nail technician, she later added licensed cosmetologist, certified massage therapist, and hairstylist to her resume, which explains the lengthy roster of services that the salon boasts. Alison, Kristen, and their staff also host parties for children and adults, sometimes arming older customers with champagne flutes. Visitors can receive hairstyling or makeovers or dip toes into a heated whirlpool tub before each digit submits to buffing, shaping, polishing, and a rigorous cleaning behind their ears.
Eager to restore balance to the body/mind/soul trifecta, Unique Total Body offers a variety of specialty spa treatments, a private gym, and a full-service wellness center. For the traditional mani-pedi combo treatment, a talented and attentive nail nurturer will buff and beautify finger shingles and toe awnings using all-natural and eco-friendly SpaRitual products and polishes. After wrist-mitts and toe-docks unwind in a calming soak, cuticles are clipped and nails are cleaned, trimmed, shaped, and given a mini-lecture on the dangers of chalkboard scratching. Your nailsperience concludes with the an artistic coat of the polish color of your choice.
After running a reiki and reflexology booth at a health expo, Joanne Salem decided to create a permanent wellness center. She officially opened the doors to Changing Lives in 2010, and since then she has helped to reduce numerous clients' aches and stress levels through advanced healing and relaxation techniques. Joanne has experience working with all manner of people, with past clients including a woman who previously wouldn't let anyone touch her feet and another woman whose plantar fasciitis was so severe that she felt like she "was walking on rocks."
Changing Lives also regularly hosts wellness-related events and seminars, led by Joanne or a life-sized cutout of Richard Simmons.
Spa Shanti uses organic, wild-crafted, and fair-trade products to pamper and coddle hands and feet within a comforting, tranquil environment. The friendly nail technicians begin the treatment by relaxing your hands and feet with an herbal-tea soak, a blissful, organic exfoliating scrub, and a luxurious lotioning, which makes hands and feet as soft as wet cotton candy. After the soothery, the ‘curists will buff out imperfections, unsnaggle cuticles, and paint finger and toe helmets in the shade of your choice. After a manicure and pedicure at Spa Shanti, your feelers and walkers will proclaim your put-togetherness to the crowds of potentially amorous others and jealous, rough-fingered tree branches. Call to schedule your appointment.