The instructors at City Yoga of St. Augustine take relaxation seriously. They invest in the translation of asana that means "at ease," a phrase that sums up their noncompetitive atmosphere and approach to each class. During lessons that encompass aspects of Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, and Lakulish yoga styles, they guide students through multiple versions of each pose. Fundamental postures can blossom into advanced holds or serve as meditative stretches for yogis of all experience levels. Rather than pushing their guests toward more difficult tableaus on smaller and smaller Twister mats, the teachers stress the value of awareness and introspection in comfort. They hope that their pupils can then transport the convivial spirit of the studio outside its walls, whether they are signing up for a full-moon beach yoga workshop or simply smiling on the walk home.
Avanti Medical Spa's microdermabrasion treatment sloughs away dull, spent skin cells, rejuvenating the epidermis and dampening the effects of aging. During the treatment, an experienced aesthetician uses a small handheld device to polish away the top layer of skin with a steady stream of microcrystals and whisk away epidermal evidence with a steady anti-stream of vacuum. The one-hour procedure can increase the effectiveness of skincare products, stimulate collagen production, even out skin tone and texture, and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and mild acne scarring. After the procedure, clients can immediately resume everyday face activities such as smiling and biting Tootsie pops.
Fit-for-Her beckons guests to a facility designed from a woman's point of view, pampering them from cranium to phalange with a full array of spa services. The Forever Young facial spends one hour tinkering with the body's flux capacitor as it attempts to firm skin tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines. All facials bathe visages in a refreshing cloud of steam and exfoliate the porous epidermis, layering on a customized mask to address individual skincare needs and guarantee admission to the spa's midnight costume ball. In addition to facial buffing, sure-handed staff members coax stress out from the neck and shoulders with a thorough massage, aiding and abetting the facial by firmly turning frowns upside-down.
Inside Envision Salon & Spa, clients sit by a cozy stone fireplace while owner Danni Glenn channels 25 years of advanced cutting and coloring experience to craft their new look. The cosmetologist mastered European coloring techniques under the guidance of Keune's top educators. She went on to spend the next five years as an educator for the company, traveling throughout northeast Florida to share her skills with other salon professionals and flamingos born as natural brunettes.
Sharing the relaxing, sage-green space with Danni is nationally certified massage therapist Marla Taylor, who soothes achy muscles and clogged energy flows with reiki healing sessions or soothing LA stone-therapy massages. Guests can move from the serenity of her candlelit treatment room to enjoy a soothing facial or Shellac manicure, or just relax in the reception room's cushy, asymmetrical chair.
Between the facials she gives at the Pain Relief Centre, aesthetician Abrina Fechter busily researches new skincare tips. One of her latest finds is a list of 10 foods that nourish complexions with vitamins and anti-aging agents. This she already knows well, given that her multistep treatments incorporate organic dark-chocolate masks rich with antioxidants or pineapple tonics that exfoliate while stimulating cellular renewal. She is locating these resources primarily for her clients, hoping her tips for holistic skincare—exercise, reduce stress, keep your face in an air-locked tupperware container when not in use—will catch on. To set clients on the path toward a glowing visage, she bathes dry pores in seaweed-enriched Repêchage tonics and layers on enzyme treatments from Rhonda Allison that obscure signs of aging.
With the vision of a healing center combined with aesthetic beauty, stylist Kerri Humphries and health practitioner Sarah Ulmer formed a venture in 2005 that is now Vava'u Salon & Health Centre, formerly known as Confessions Day Spa. Housed in a new 4,800 square-foot building, the owners use client satisfaction as a measuring stick of success, often stating that it's important to accompany their clients on their journeys. The salon features a diverse menu of services performed by multitalented staff members. Signature non-surgical services such as bodysculpts and PRP face help to reinvigorate each patron's appearance and restore confidence. A color and aroma bar that helps style coiffures to clients' content. Facials help remedy myriad skin concerns, such as acne or aging, and massage ousts tension with Swedish or deep-tissue techniques.