Inside InEssence Salon & Spa, guests are welcomed by a comforting cup of herbal tea in the hopes that it will help spirit them away from the stresses they left outside. Once the refreshments have had time to take effect, willing bodies are led to the massage table, where therapists ease out remaining aches and pains with techniques such as hot-stone or trigger-point therapy, or to the styling chair, where split ends are swiftly shed to gift shoulders a newfound lightness of being. Facials address every type of skin—from sensitive and dry to mature and pie-covered⎯while mani-pedis keep appendages looking fresh with essential oils, custom-blended scrubs, and anti-aging ingredients.
Jesse and Meli Brock are the husband-and-wife duo behind Healing Hands Massage & Bodywork. With more than eight different approaches, these licensed massage therapists target muscular ailments that can cause postural imbalances and pain. Their modalities range from relaxing Swedish massages to trigger-point myofascial-release therapies. Their acupressure and reflexology techniques draw on ancient healing practices, and their chair massages grant hard-working office chairs much-needed breaks.
Lifelong Floridian Dr. Rick Brown makes his patients' wellness his first priority—so much so that his care doesn't stop at the vertebrae. Inside the kindly chiropractor's office, clients will find an infrared sauna meant for detoxification and relaxation, a stockpile of vitamins and supplements for nutritional health, and a licensed massage therapist who can help manage muscular pain. In the weight loss center patients can work on a long-term wellness plan. To give folks futuristic solutions to age-old problems, the office offers intense pulsed light therapy for everything from restoring a youthful glow to faces with photo-rejuvenation to permanent hair reduction.
Jennifer Stephens massages muscles and pampers skin with homemade products blended from fresh produce, local honey, and therapeutic clays. The products she uses are important to her, because her goal is to help clients escape from stress without having to rely on drugs or create their own sprawling fantasy universe. She is trained in an array of bodywork modalities, such as Swedish, deep tissue, and reflexology.
A nationally certified massage therapist, LaVonne Ayoub tackles and subdues everyday aches with warm, flowing fingers. At Hands of Mercy Massage, LaVonne checks in with clients before each session to see where they're at physically as well as the style of depth of pressure they'd prefer. LaVonne creates a safe and calm space for patients while using sessions to help reduce stress and increase personal awareness within her clients.
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.