Licensed massage therapist Pawel Slusarz honed his skills at Keiser University before opening his own practice. Now, he uses those skills to treat health issues ranging from acute back pain to digestive disorders. Depending on a patient's needs, he might recommend deep-tissue pressure, reflexology, or a cranial-release treatment that relieves stress by restoring the natural movement of bones in the head. Alternatively, Pawel teaches couples how to effectively massage each other during step-by-step lessons.
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.
A butter-yellow canine named Praline formerly comforted nursing-home residents at pet-therapy sessions. Now, she serves as the tail-wagging mascot of Go Madd 4 Massage. Owner and massage therapist Diana Beranek takes Praline on strolls that cover up to 15 miles each week, and also practices pet massage therapy on the pooch's muscles. However, the tender care that Diana lavishes on Praline isn't reserved only for her pet; she also relieves physical stress and pain for human clients, drawing on 15 years of massage experience and a knowledge of deep-tissue, Swedish, and hot-stone massage techniques. Clients recline on a heated table surrounded by candles as soft music or recordings of Top-40 whale songs lull minds to peace. Heated lotion keeps flesh warm, and essential oils put nostrils at ease. A large massage room hosts twosomes with tense backs or a shared muscular knot.
No advanced postures, no different levels, no "power" classes. At Bikram Yoga St. Augustine's beach and north locations, every class is designed for every student. Cycling through 26 postures and two breathing exercises, the studio’s 12 staffers guide their guests through Bikram Choudhury’s style of hot yoga in their newly built heated studio. Bikram Yoga St. Augustine offers weekly 46 classes. The staff also presents massage and BioMat therapy, and the onsite boutique sells eco-friendly apparel. The studio also conveniently offers childcare while parents work out.
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.
Richard Fulmer specializes in integrated massage-and-personal-training sessions, which can assist clients in reaching wellness goals such as weight loss, greater strength and flexibility, and improved sports performance. The IMAP approach first measures the body's capabilities with a range-of-motion and stability assessment—Richard gauges each person's mobility and stabilization before organizing exercises for them to complete. The massage portion is likewise customized to the individual, as Richard combines modalities from Swedish to connective-tissue release and dispels tension from overworked muscles.