Attraction Salon's experienced stylists, aestheticians, and nail technicians make a point of welcoming their visitors with open arms and plush salon chairs. Perhaps due to this uncommon hospitality, the salon has developed a reputation for serving a multicultural base of clientele that includes women and men alike. Stylists invoke a chorus of clips and snips with their shears, forming flattering shapes or enhancing the look and health of hair with highlights, deep conditioning, and texturizing treatments. Nail technicians busy themselves with the other kind of keratin, whittling nails into elegant shapes during manicures and pedicures or applying full sets of glittery acrylics. Faces likewise sparkle after one of five facials that cater to dry and acne-prone skin, rejuvenating complexions with cleansing and exfoliating techniques. On the other side of the salon, spray-tanning and waxing treatments prepare bodies for lounging on beaches or napping inconspicuously in bronze-sculpture gardens.
Signature Service: Massage therapy for injury recovery or relaxation
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Free street parking
Minimum Age Requirement: 9
Pro Tip: Massage Therapy can be an invaluable part of injury recovery. It is also a fabulous way to relax.
People go to spas to forget about the outside world. How does your decor help create an atmosphere where visitors can unwind?
The office is located in a beautiful old building overlooking the Thomas Center gardens. Natural light, beautiful wood floors, and tasteful art make this space a delight to receive massage in.
How did you get started in the beauty industry? Did you have an "ah-ha" moment in life?
I've always known that I want to help people. When I discovered how much I enjoy connecting with and helping people through touch, I knew I'd found my home in the health and wellness industry.
Since pain can make it difficult to travel, Gainesville Community Massage will bring the massage to you. Owner Gaetano Fruscella believes so strongly in the powers of massage that he wants to accommodate his clients?and their conditions. A construction worker for the majority of his adult life, Gaetano understands physical strain. His first massage experience was so cathartic?it released long-held tension in his muscles as well as memories and emotions?that he enrolled in Florida School of Massage intent on bringing that experience to others. And that's where his mobile massages come in. Those with difficulty traveling can experience healing chair massages from the comfort of their own home, office, or wedding. The center also welcomes clients to their facility for table treatments such as Swedish and myofascial release massages, which help people wind down and feel their muscles loosen and unfold like a paper boat in the deep ocean.
The massage therapists at Tranquility Works employ varying degrees of pressure to ease clients' physical and emotional discomfort. They can subdue the former?pain, tension, and knots?with modalities that apply firm pressure, such as deep-tissue and sports massages. Swedish massages take care of the emotional side of things with light, gliding full-body strokes, which can elicit feelings of calm and well-being in clients struggling with stress. Tranquility Works also offers ashiatsu massages?Japanese-inspired treatments in which therapists use their feet, knees, elbows, palms, and fingers to improve circulation and relax muscles. Complimentary aromatherapy further enhances the soothing treatments, letting worries float away like hot air balloons heading to a cosmic birthday party.
Though Garrett Blanton, LMT, CLT's expertise includes modalities such as deep-tissue and relaxation massage, he specializes in myofascial therapy, which treats the connective tissue that ties together all bodily systems. He likens the human body to a sausage: "Things can't move around right if the casing's too tight," he says, not to mention the fact that it bursts when held over a campfire. Garrett?s clients stretch out on a biomat, whose amethyst crystals work to draw out toxins and relieve pain as his nimble fingers work. Placing hot or cold packs on sore spots as needed, he assuages muscles with raw and organic shea or cocoa butter, eschewing perfumes that might lead to allergic reactions or bees attempting to pollenate your bellybutton.
Richard Fulmer specializes in integrated massage-and-personal-training sessions, which can assist clients in reaching wellness goals such as weight loss, greater strength and flexibility, and improved sports performance. The IMAP approach first measures the body's capabilities with a range-of-motion and stability assessment—Richard gauges each person's mobility and stabilization before organizing exercises for them to complete. The massage portion is likewise customized to the individual, as Richard combines modalities from Swedish to connective-tissue release and dispels tension from overworked muscles.