When it started in 1999, Skin Renewal Systems Medical Spa was a one-room practice offering facials and microdermabrasions. Over the years, however, it grew its facilities, staff, and range of treatments. Now, in one suite within the Heritage Square Shopping Center, the med spa offers services like injectables and permanent makeup, while an aesthetician and a massage therapist relax clients and improve their appearances from the inside out. In the other suite, hairstylists offer a raft of salon services, and nail technicians perform mani-pedis in private rooms.
The well-schooled stylists at Shear Paradise set out to cultivate a spa-like ambiance, welcoming clients to the salon with pampering comforts and releasing them back into the wild with voguish hairstyles. In an atmosphere dripping with tranquility, the full-service salon's staff specializes in obsessing over each customer's individual beauty needs. Consultations let them powwow with clients to determine how services might be deployed in concert to achieve a desired look. Staffers might combine highlights with such non-hair-centric treatments as manicures, and waxing, microdermabrasion. Additionally, the team's specialty, hot head hair extensions attracts a loyal customer base comprised of discriminating hairpiece wearers.
Simple white walls decorated with eastern motifs and candles enclose Skin Face Body Esthetics, where bodies are indulged with a variety of skin-nourishing treatments and massage services. Customers plunge into their pampering with a silky body-polish scrub, which gently scours the skin to rid it of dead cells, barcodes, and other aesthetic offenders. A shower flushes away subsequent dermal debris, leaving the epidermal blanket with a soft luminous sheen. After faces are freshened up, back muscles yield themselves to either a Swedish massage or a deep-tissue massage to complete the one-hour pampering. Under the expert hands of a Skin Face Body massage therapist, stress melts away, muscle-bound toxins eddy out of sighing sinews, and rubik’s cubes finally reach completion.
My Body TLC’s licensed massage therapists deftly harness and apply the power of human touch to improve and maintain whole-body health. Each Happy Feet reflexology treatment targets distal appendages with fingerwork designed to reduce stress, energize sluggish blood and lymph flow, and melt the icy hearts of callous nervous systems. Feet surrender sensitive spots to focused pressure during 30 minutes of relaxing manipulation, as therapists follow foot-bound maps of bodily systems to activate all-over relief and see whether patients have treasure buried in their gall bladders. Preface and append massages in My Body TLC’s serene waiting area, bathed in the gentle glow of colored light-therapy panels.
The serenity of the Atlantic waters doesn’t end at the beachfront. A few blocks away stands Dermal~Care Esthetics & Wellness Centre, which parallels the soothing waves lapping against the shore with a holistic, tranquil environment. Headed by owner and licensed medical aesthetician Deborah McGarry, the aestheticians and massage therapists welcome clients with personalized and undivided attention, offering a chance to relax with a cup of organic herbal tea or gourmet coffee prior to treatment. The staff—which variously boasts education at the Florida Health Academy and authority as an oncology-certified aesthetician—administers each treatment at a leisurely pace, and ensures that it is as personalized as someone with a birthmark in the shape of their own logo.
For Alexandria Christ—licensed acupuncturist with a master's in Oriental medicine—it's not enough for her clients to overcome ailments. She wants to see even the healthy clients increase their wellness and extend their lifespan. To that end, Alexandria utilizes the ancient practice of acupuncture to redirect energy pathways along the body's meridians and trigger healing. Her custom combinations of herbs, nutritional supplements, and Asian massage work to boost overall well-being. In addition to helping clients to feel better, Alexandria helps them to look the part with biopuncture mini face-lifts that introduce FDA-approved homeopathic medicines to tone the skin, instantly making faces the envy of friends and wrinkle-prone slacks.