Massage Therapy's licensed therapist, Michael Manning, convinces snarled muscles to let loose under the supervision of his dexterous digits, which are fluent in three main modalities. The slow strokes of Swedish massage soothe muscles into a state of relaxation normally experienced only by cooked pasta. Limbs that have been injured or overworked during athletic encounters unclench with sports massages, and therapeutic sessions return mobility to stiff appendages without surgically implanting extra elbows.
Natural rock salts cover every wall surface of The Salt Room's treatment rooms, including the floors and ceilings. The facility uses salt's innate antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to help alleviate a number of symptoms, from allergies and asthma to bronchitis and emphysema. Inside those treatment rooms, visitors lounge in comfortable recliners while breathing in the healing particles, which clear nasal and lung passageways of allergens, bacteria, and mucus blockage. The Salt Room also offers various unsalted services, including acupuncture, massage, skin care, and yoga.
Infinity Fitness & Medi Spa combines its fully equipped health club with a 3,000-square-foot day spa that revivifies bodies with a slew of pampering services. Coddle weary digits with an Infinity spa manicure, which carefully sculpts nails and cuticles. A hot-towel wrap and hand and forearm massage loosen limbs, while a professional polish refines the phalanges for elegant head scratching and sophisticated wet willies. A pedicure de-stresses steppers with an aromatherapy soak and light massage. Callus removal and exfoliation break through the foot's toughened exterior, softening the skin and warming the sole before a coat of polish seals in any lingering beauty vapors.
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.
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.
As a child, Mary Ann Barefield watched her mother apply moisturizers and nourishing compounds during daily skincare routines. She quickly realized that these rituals not only enhanced her mother's self-esteem, but also the overall health of her skin. Inspired by this and her mother's graceful aging over the years, she opened bareSkin Esthetics. Today, Mary Ann and her staff offer services such as LED light therapy that saturates skin at a cellular level to provide a smoother, healthier complexion. Aside from nourishing facials and waxing services, staff members also use crystal-free, ultrasonic microdermabrasion wands to exfoliate the outermost layer of epidermis with ultrasonic vibrations. This, like most of their treatments, is a gentle procedure that aims to diminish blemishes while fighting the effects of aging more efficiently than turning one’s corner office into a giant ball pit.
Jennifer Stephens massages muscles and pampers skin with homemade products blended from fresh produce, local honey, and therapeutic clays. The products she uses are important to her, because her goal is to help clients escape from stress without having to rely on drugs or create their own sprawling fantasy universe. She is trained in an array of bodywork modalities, such as Swedish, deep tissue, and reflexology.