Most Popular Service: Massage therapy
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
People go to spas to forget about the outside world. How does your decor help create an atmosphere where visitors can unwind?
[We have a] professional setting and relaxing atmosphere.
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
I believe our mental state is deeply connected to our physical well-being. What I enjoy most is seeing clients leave my office with a smile, either from stress relief or pain relief. I feel like it's my small contribution in making the world a happier place.
While attending Withlacoochee Technical Institute, Charles Haffner learned a diverse array of massage techniques ranging from flowing Swedish strokes to firm, deep-tissue pressure. Now as a licensed massage therapist, Charles offers his therapeutic expertise out of Maxibell Bodywork and Massage. In addition to longer bodywork sessions, chair massages are available for clients and La-Z-Boy recliners hoping to live up to the name.
Patients never go under the knife at My Wellness Center 4 U. Instead of surgery, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Margaret Yearwood and her staff offer noninvasive services such as custom weight-loss programs and non-surgical facelifts. In the skincare realm, licensed aestheticians purge complexions of toxins, impurities, and freckle jokes by performing facials and anti-aging treatments, and add drama to the eyes with eyelash extensions. Massage therapists, meanwhile, liberate bodies of pain and tension through a variety of methods such as deep-tissue and hot-stone massage.
The benefits of massage are immense: it improves the immune system, alleviates chronic pain, and even reduces high blood pressure. Massage therapist Chris Cherry aims to improve his clients’ total wellness with 60- or 90-minute massage with salt scrubs and full-body mud masks. He delivers massages in his office, or travels to clients’ homes or bus stops for a relaxing session.
Inside InEssence Salon & Spa, guests are welcomed by a comforting cup of herbal tea in the hopes that it will help spirit them away from the stresses they left outside. Once the refreshments have had time to take effect, willing bodies are led to the massage table, where therapists ease out remaining aches and pains with techniques such as hot-stone or trigger-point therapy, or to the styling chair, where split ends are swiftly shed to gift shoulders a newfound lightness of being. Facials address every type of skin—from sensitive and dry to mature and pie-covered⎯while mani-pedis keep appendages looking fresh with essential oils, custom-blended scrubs, and anti-aging ingredients.
A nationally certified massage therapist, LaVonne Ayoub tackles and subdues everyday aches with warm, flowing fingers. At Hands of Mercy Massage, LaVonne checks in with clients before each session to see where they're at physically as well as the style of depth of pressure they'd prefer. LaVonne creates a safe and calm space for patients while using sessions to help reduce stress and increase personal awareness within her clients.