A wall mural of a full moon watches over Live Oak Yoga, invoking a serene environment for a variety of yoga classes. Students stretch their limbs, following along with instructors as they move through Hatha-style introductory yoga, gentle yoga, and balance-honing yoga flow sessions. Instructors in all classes teach traditional asanas, or poses, with breathing exercises and meditation in order to help students strengthen the bond between body and mind. Live Oak Yoga’s owner Shea Englebright’s qualifications span from the ancient practice of yoga to massage in calming, pain-alleviating, and energizing styles. Reiki sessions balance a body’s reserves of spiritual, mental, and emotional energy, the relaxation massage promotes blood circulation at a pace ideal for forming a body-wide lazy river.
A Healing Massage Room’s Leslie Heinricher goes where she is needed. Some days, she whisks to an injury clinic to assist car-accident victims; others, she appears at spas, robed in the aromatic mist of essential oils. Leslie wards off pain and suffering with therapeutic strokes honed at the Florida School of Massage. Her Swedish massages fight tension with gentle taps and circular motions that dislodge knots and boost blood flow. She custom-blends soothing techniques including neuromuscular therapy and myofascial release to ease pains associated with whiplash, sports injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other ailments. Leslie also specializes in energy treatments such as reiki and polarity therapy, which clear blockages and toll booths interfering with the body’s energy pathways.
Mercedes Gonzalez' bodywork techniques promote deep relaxation, but they also offer relief for more serious ailments. As a licensed massage therapist, she's worked with clients suffering from migraines, frozen shoulder, fibromyalgia, sciatica, tendonitis, chest congestion, and even insomnia. Guests can solicit Mercedes for a custom Swedish session, or access lower-layer aches with the targeted pressure of deep-tissue massage or neuromuscular therapy.
"I breathe, sleep, and have an obsession with hairdressing," admits seasoned stylist Susan Hardesty. Susan's passionate enthusiasm serves her well in the salon, where she draws from this intense dedication to transform hair with an array of styling services. She treats clients to luxurious scalp massages before snipping up new styles and taming frizz with conditioning treatments from premium product lines such as Kenra and Pureology. She also adorns hair with colorful feather extensions, lacy ribbons, and glamorous tinsel. To top it all off, Susan can expertly frame faces in both natural-looking and creative highlights, as she is particularly skilled at coloring treatments. The versatile beautician also extends her expertise to makeup, offering application services and makeup lessons that teach her clients how to recreate looks on their own.
Having perfected her craft at such prestigious locales as New York's infamous Plaza Hotel salon, Laurie brings her 19 years of experience to her nail-trimming station in Split Endz Hair & Nail Studio. She believes in staying ahead of the latest trends in nails, waxing, and trend setting, "keeping it fresh, new, and fun" as she pampers her guests during manicures and pedicures. When she's not coating nails in no-chip, mirrored Shellac formulas, this award-winning technician frees eyebrows, lips, teeth, and sensitive areas from unwanted hair with waxing services.