Licensed massage therapist and aesthetician Monica Restrepo Jones is the "Mo" in MoJo Wellness Therapies. Monica started off as a student athletic trainer for a local high school which helped shape her understanding of the human body and what angle is unusual for an ankle, as well as increased her desire to spread wellness through massage. With a special certification for medical massage, she boasts the qualifications needed to fulfill doctor's orders after patients endure an injury or accident. To these treatments and her traditional massages, she sometimes adds heat or ice and organic, hypoallergenic creams to augment soothing without hiring a jazz saxophonist to play in the corner.
In addition to massage services, Monica wards off aging with facials and powerful treatments. Her skincare regimens are tweaked to target specific woes, such as acne or surprised expressions that won't wash off.
Jennifer Cherry, owner of Hot Bodies USA, has stocked her 1,300-square-foot salon with Encore and Ovation tanning beds. Alternatively, customers can supplement their UV tans in the Magic Tan spray booth, which features a bronzing formula that makes physiques look similarly beachy without the need for using UV rays or hanging out only with ghosts. The shop also stocks bronzers to enhance the work of its makeshift suns and provides additional beautifying services including lash enhancement.
S.K.I.N.'s licensed aesthetician, Cathy Falconer, tailors her complexion-boosting treatments to eschew cosmetic fluff in favor of concrete and therapeutic results. Each signature facial, performed with botanical Peace Spa products, begins with a consultation, during which head-masks are analyzed, prescribed personalized home-care plans, and encouraged to air sub-dermal grievances. Next, bio-therapeutic cleansers work up a facial lather while gentle exfoliators team with ultrasonic pulses from a Dermasonic brush system to flush and refresh pores.
Though the bright colors and mod furniture of South Beach Tanning’s numerous salons may tempt clients to kick back for hours, that’s not the staff’s goal. Instead, they strive to provide swift, hassle-free tans that get clients out the door quickly to enjoy the day. Each of the chain’s salons boasts a floor plan that is twice as large as the average tanning salon, which increases the likelihood that a bed will be free and therefore reduces annoying wait times. Guests can choose from five tiers of UV beds, whose successive levels beget increased bulb output and more amenities to imbue swifter, more comfortable tans. For a UV-free glow, customers can opt to hop in the salon’s automated VersaSpa booths, which guide jets of pigmented formula from head to toe in only 46 seconds to grant a look as summery as boat sails composed of stitched-together bikinis.
Liz's skincare education began long before she sought out her aesthetician's license. She spent her college years selling skincare products, she beautified faces as a Chanel makeup artist, and she even spent two years working at an acupuncture office (she still uses acupressure in her facials and body treatments). Eventually Liz realized that skincare really was her true calling, and she called upon all this experience to open Almond Tree Spa.
At the spa, Liz offers a variety of skincare treatments such as the vitamin C facial, which uses antioxidants and leaves the skin healthier, brighter, and more youthful. Other pampering services help reduce the signs of aging and range from lavender-scented mud wraps and skin-smoothing waxing treatments to chemical peels that treat acne-prone skin and makes it look younger. They also have a teen-facial expert on staff.