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.
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.
Sweet Escapes delivers a variety of massages to banish stress tyrants from muscular townships and usher in a new reign of peace and bodily comfort. In the hot-stone massage, a seasoned therapist arrays heated river rocks on battered bodies to alleviate aches and pains and prepare them for future residence in a fish tank. The massage mollifies muscles with jojoba oil and soothing strokes that can help increase blood circulation and purge bodily toxins.
As a certified personal trainer, Kathy Lopez at Family Wellness Center has a unique vantage point on the workings of the human body. She uses this knowledge to work the kinks out of her clients' muscles, using the soothing strokes of Swedish massage instead of turkey-eating contests to lull them into a state of relaxation. Her therapy room is located in a chiropractic-care clinic, which includes massage along with yoga and fitness programs as part of its wellness offerings.