Owner Tiffany Strauser oversees a team of fellow bodywork experts at Too Good To Be True Massages, an oasis of hands-on pampering and relaxation. These licensed therapists offer traditional Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages; prenatal massages for expectant mothers; and couples massages for partners in love?or partners in crime. Indian head massages focus on the nerve endings above the neck, and reiki sessions help restore depleted energy stores.
Licensed massage therapist Retna Riggio considers herself a healer in every sense of the word. Her treatments aim to relieve daily stress and anxiety, and in doing so, prevent the development of stress-related diseases. The experienced therapist can perform styles that range from classic Swedish massage to a more intensive sports massage that targets injuries sustained while hoisting referees and throwing them into the stands.
The therapists at Well Kneaded Massage recognize the importance of a balanced mind, body, and spirit, which is why they have devoted themselves to massage therapies, energy work, and healing touch treatments. They specialize in nine different types of massage, including Swedish, hot stone, deep- issue, and chakra balancing, during which a therapist combines the properties of deep-tissue massage, foot reflexology, and subtle energy work. They also offer additional harmonizing treatments, including beeswax ear candling and reflexology for the hands, feet, and ears.
Licensed massage therapist and graduate of Naples School of Massage Dori Stephens uses massage therapy to diffuse tension, loosen tight muscles, and fight signs of aging on the face. During her Bellanina Facelift massage, she massages the face for 30 minutes using a signature Honeylift lotion and acupressure that improves lymphatic drainage and reduces facial tension that may cause wrinkles.
Studio Valentine offers hair, nail, skin, and massage services in a charming and inviting space. Hairstylists provide deft cuts, coloring, and updos, and skincare specialists administer nourishing facials. Clients can spruce up with a makeup application or a mani-pedi, and then wind down with a deep-tissue massage to ease muscle soreness and relieve stress. Focused massages are also available for athletes or those with work-related pain. The quaint, cottage-style salon is a warm retreat where all stylists, driven by fashion savvy and a desire to please, give their utmost attention to clients.
A good spa will transport its guests to a time and place where everyday stresses are forgotten. American Image Salon & Spa can take you to a rainforest waterfall, for example—its monsoon massage sends the gentle mist of a Vichy shower cascading onto backs and shoulders. If you'd prefer a steamier setting, opt for the hot-stone massage, during which a therapist banishes tension with kneads and strategically placed lava rocks. There are also packages that provide even longer, more luxurious escapes, such as the 6.5-hour Day of Beauty: a Clarisonic facial, massage, mani-pedi, shampoo, makeup application, and lunch.
Sometimes, however, a visit to the spa or salon is a quick reward in the middle of the day. That's why the staff here administers most of the standard treatments for the hair, nails, and body. Stylists trim new 'dos and flatten frizz with Chi Enviro smoothing formulas, or nourish the skin with specialized facials. Manicures might feature add-ons from a seaweed mask to a layer of eco-paraffin, a more environmentally friendly way to soften the hands than by wrapping them in live ferrets. Gentlemen are hardly neglected, either. Their services include haircuts as well as mustache- and beard-tinting.