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.
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.
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.
Spring of Life Health Spa's staff attends to sore muscles with bodywork services including stress-relieving Swedish, couples, and hot-stone massages. Owner Jeannie Wilmot specializes in reflexology, which focuses pressure on target points on the hands and feet to access and send healing energy through channels that run the length of the body. Along with massage therapy, the staff also relaxes clients with nailcare, facials, spontaneous harp playing, and spa packages.