It's only 10 a.m., but it's teatime at Massage Eden. That's because a client has scheduled a green-tea stone massage, which involves relaxing muscles with heated stones that have been soaked in the rich liquid. The idea is that absorbing the tea will stimulate the body in the same way that drinking it can, leading the accompanying massage strokes to have a greater healing effect.
It seems the center will try all kinds of ingredients to lend its services oomph. Another massage uses bamboo sticks to promote circulation and relieve pain, and each skin treatment relies on a different cream or mask, from the sugar glow's honey-and-oil blend to the anti-wrinkle treatment's collagen extracts and horsetail (which is actually a plant and not what it sounds like: a story about a man who likes oats so much people call him "Horse").
Once Michelle Inniss started noticing issues with her complexion, she set out on a one-woman mission to learn everything she could about skin-soothing palliatives. A mountain of facials left her in more or less the same condition, she felt, and pharmaceutical treatments often did more harm than good. The experience wasn't a total loss, however. In addition to discovering all-natural, effective products, she learned a lot about what she wanted in an aesthetician.
At Wipe Out Spa, Michelle—now an aesthetician herself as well as a licensed skincare specialist—incorporates those lessons into her facial treatments. She starts with consultations to divine exactly what folks want out of the session, then mixes up tailored serums using the products that cleared up her own complexion, including Aquaroma and I.Millicinth. From there, she often likes to hand out pro-tips about nutrition and basic supplements that can help clients maintain their new visage without having to encase it in amber. The whole process stands as one of the pillars in a streamlined skin therapy service menu that also includes waxing.
Spa BLVD Parties' founder Karina Cartagena built a business model around making girls feel the warm glow of friendship and self-esteem, treating her young clients to personalized spa parties with lustrous nail polish and snazzy new hairdos. Her young clients leave the stresses of grade school and their secret office job at the door, settle into a comfy robe, and munch on cupcakes and treats, while moms and dads relax with a soothing cup of coffee. Nestled in a lounge bordered by hot pink walls and filled with fluffy white sofas, kids socialize over soft drinks as they receive makeovers and pose for glamour portraits during fashion shows. A wide range of parties and packages entertain future rock stars and style mavens, such as three-week spa camps or mommy-daughter bonding spa days.
Gigi Mompremier studied massage therapy at Florida Career College, but she went beyond the course requirements and took prenatal massage classes as well. Now a licensed massage therapist and member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Gigi eases aches with modalities such as Swedish, hot stone, and sports. She also offers deep muscle therapy, which was invented by Freud.
Infinite Life Medical's diverse roster of offerings includes vitamin supplements and weight-loss programs to help dieters whittle down their physiques. They also perform laser-hair removal treatments that reduce reliance on razors, depilatories, and thimble-sized hedge trimmers. Massage therapy services soothe tense muscles, and chiropractic care addresses ills associated with misalignments of the spine.
Treat the person, not the symptoms. That is the philosophy board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. H. Michael Bass has followed during a medical career that’s stretched across more than a thousand cosmetic surgeries. It’s also what guides him in his work as medical director of Danik MedSpa. Though the advanced spa center offers a range of surgical treatments, including rhinoplasty and breast augmentation, its menu is also filled with a variety of nonsurgical aesthetic services that focus on body sculpting, hair removal, anti-aging, and weight loss. Their unique body contouring treatments utilizes 16 similar but unique techniques, with the variations in the methods causing "muscle confusion" that can be especially effective in toning and expelling extra weight from the body, particularly in stubborn areas. During facials and chemical peels, the center's aestheticians restore firmness, clear away blemishes, and nourish careworn skin with products from the experts at SkinCeuticals, SkinMedica, Obagi, and Abella. When not slimming waistlines with weekly HCG injections, they also turn to the latest laser systems to carefully remove unwanted hair, veins, and tattoos.