Its name may suggest extremes, but Fire & Ice Massage and Skin Care is all about helping clients achieve balance. Candles glow on the side table of the blue-hued treatment room, illuminating the bed where guests recline and allow the tension to slowly drip off their shoulders. The spa’s massage therapists can perform a wide array of services, including a tandem massage during which two therapists soothe one client's muscles at the same time. Other uncommon varieties include a bamboo fusion massage that incorporates deep-tissue strokes, bamboo stalks, and a cupping technique designed to stimulate circulation. When they aren’t soothing sore muscles, the staff uses 4.22 Organics products to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and repair skin ravaged by actual crows.
Often spotted at local fashion shows, bridal expos, and other events, Hair Connoisseurs Salon & MediSpa's assorted stylists, aestheticians, and ache easers coddle bodies with services for hair, nails, and skin in a flower-filled lakefront facility. In the salon, nimble shears create new styles for men and women, perms and relaxers alter hair textures, and highlights and color treatments get head threads to shimmer without weaving a false ponytail from sunbeams. Gauzy fabric hangs from the ceiling of the private room where trained massage therapists aim to reduce stress with soft kneading, direct pressure, or aromatherapy oil blends. At stone-topped manicure stations, technicians beautify fingers and toes with acrylic, fiberglass, and silk wrap nails, which can be tapped on coral stone accent columns to summon the ghosts of dried-out polish bottles.
At Altamonte Springs Body Contouring, technicians overseen by the medical director, Doctor of Chiropractic Ken Ross, firm and tighten faces and bodies without resorting to surgery. First, clients undergo an in-depth one-on-one consultation that determines how to custom tailor their treatments. They might qualify for a face-lifting microcurrent facial, a skin-sloughing microdermabrasion, or a collagen-boosting and tightening ultrasound or radio-frequency facial. Clients might also get an ultrasonic fat-reduction treatment designed to help clients to lose weight without dieting excessively or pushing their car to work every morning. The technicians track each client's progress throughout their treatments. The treatments are noninvasive and require no downtime.
As noted in Seminole magazine, Sona Patel is an avid spa enthusiast who noticed a lack of affordable options in the Orlando area. Her solution was MicroSpa's technology-driven treatments, which have earned acclaim from Orlando Home & Leisure. Cushy massage chairs with far-infrared heat help evict knots and improve circulation, and sweat-inducing iSlim body wraps aim to oust toxins and promote weight loss. During teeth-whitening treatments, techs use hydrogen peroxide gel and an LED blue light to make teeth as bright as a newscaster's precocious hamster.
Ever since muscles began rebelling against their owners in the late ‘90s, Natalie Scoville has made it her mission to massage them into submission. As a world-traveled licensed therapist and member of the American Massage Therapy Association, Natalie is trained in a slew of techniques ranging from flowing Swedish strokes and prenatal techniques to integrated therapeutic bodywork. Clients may also request a chair massage, or work closely with Natalie and a doctor to set up a custom chiropractic wellness plan.
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