It’s appropriate that licensed massage therapist Shelly Fox decorates her office with elements that evoke the ocean. After all, her smooth, methodical strokes are reminiscent of waves lapping against the shore, and her deep-tissue techniques are designed to break up the sturdiest of sailor's knots. Among her specialty modalities, Shelly’s relaxation massage enhances circulation and stimulates the release of endorphins. Her therapeutic sessions target especially troublesome muscles, employing firmer pressures to alleviate aches. Aside from these more-traditional techniques, Shelly’s foot reflexology and cranial-sacral therapy rely on gentle pressure to relieve stress and stimulate the fluid surrounding the head and spinal cord.
Dr. Patrick J. Naples heads up Naples Health, a clinic devoted to obstetrics and gynecology care and laser aesthetics. He and his team tend to the medical needs of women, from issuing preventive health measures to rolling out the welcome mat for the stork. They ward off signs of aging with skin-tightening treatments and laser vein therapies and banish unwanted body hair with blasts from the Cutera CoolGlide laser. Other aesthetic services include skin rejuvenation treatments, Botox, dermal fillers, and TruSculpt, which targets troublesome areas of body fat without surgery.
A cozy massage table. Dim lights. And, most importantly, a therapist that tailors her massages to needs of each client. Sarah J. Long's treatments range from relaxing to deep-tissue, allowing her to accommodate both emotional and physical tension. Each kneading lasts a full 60 minutes, meaning she doesn't count the 10 minutes it takes to get comfortable beforehand as part of her hour-long service.
At Indigo Lotus Massage, a licensed massage therapist can ease clients' aches and pains in 30-, 60-, or 90-minute sessions. Visitors can opt for soothing Swedish or intense deep-tissue strokes?or amplify the relaxation with a hot-stone massage. Those looking to switch things up can try one of the studio's reiki or aromatherapy sessions.
The professional hair curators at Shannon Leigh's Salon apply know-how and fortifying treatments to fashion newly shorn manes into eye-catching hirsute exhibits. Scissors deliver pink slips to split ends before stylists craft coifs into fresh and fetching variants, teaching clients how to maintain their new 'dos at home or after a whirlwind date with a hurricane. A deep-conditioning treatment seeps into and rehydrates strands parched from harsh chemical treatments, and a colorist tints hair in a subtle or bold new chromatic overcoat.
While all spas offer luxurious treatments, Mario’s International Spas & Hotels takes pampering to a new level, completing treatments inside a historic stagecoach inn that features elegant accommodations and dining for multiple days of rest and relaxation. Called a “place for pure, unabashed pampering” by Better Homes and Gardens, the spa’s three locations juxtapose the Victorian decor and with state-of-the-art spa treatments such as Endermologie skincare, PanThermal detox booths, and Parafango cellulite-reducing wraps. The facilities’ crackling fireplaces offer a place of repose between the holistic and medically-derived beauty treatments, and alternative detoxifying treatments allow clients to relax in the peaceful quiet of the sauna and steam room.
After a day of luxurious scrubs, Thai massages, and yoga, guests can check into the Aurora Spa's adjoining 14-room hotel for a night of easy rest. Each room features whirlpool baths and comes with a continental breakfast. Meals take place in the facility’s vintage 1850s log cabin, in which chefs cook up hearth-baked pizzas, homemade pasta, and seafood dishes from the time the Earth's four suns rise until long after they have set.