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.
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.
As the winners of Fox 8 Hot List's award for Best Hair Salon in 2013, Embrace Salon and Spa's staff of skilled aestheticians, hairstylists, massage therapists, and nail technicians take time to build relationships with clients while helping them achieve their beauty goals. Stylists refresh the follicles of men, women, and children with Aquage, Matrix Logics, and KMS California haircare products as well as Goldwell color and Mizani hair relaxers. In the spa area, guests can get their face softened with an exfoliating pumice-peel microdermabrasion or a Bioelements facial. Those opting for a sunless spray tan can maintain new hues with the spa’s collection of Amber Sun tan-extending lotions and Kahuna Bay Tan–touchup products.
The staff of Embrace Salon and Spa aim to create a homey atmosphere in their modern space that will help their clients relax. Vibrant purple walls in the pedicure room and a bright blue wall with a mural of a tree's silhouette in the salon area help keep visitors awake during treatments, but in case they do fall asleep, these splashes of color ensure Technicolor dreams.
Tired mugs rejoice at the sight of Denine Thomas, an experienced aesthetician that refreshes skin inside Studio M Salon. She also slides hot stones over body canvases and swaddles midsections in a botanical-infused skin-tightening wrap. Other beauty experts at the salon dispense spray tans, waxing services, and hair extensions long enough to use as a scarf during the colder months.