For 13 years and counting, Angie Dittmar, owner of Palm Avenue Day Spa, has fixed her attention on making clients feel relaxed and beautiful. Dittmar regards her business as a "uniquely European" spa that fulfills each person's need for attention, pampering, and lotion. To this end, she employs a carefully selected team of beauty specialists. Stylists update hairdos with salon services, and skincare experts perform massages and facials as well as mani-pedis, waxes, and makeup applications.
Joe Millen became interested in physical therapy after suffering a knee injury in high school that required surgery and extensive rehabilitation at a sports-medicine clinic. This experience—combined with time spent volunteering with children and adults with muscular dystrophy—solidified his career path. Millen went on to become a licensed physical therapist and certified manual therapist, eventually founding Impact Health and Performance.
Millen and his team treat clients with a total-body health and wellness approach. They evaluate each patient with individualized attention, viewing their overall neurological, musculoskeletal, and personal needs before considering their specific dysfunction or fitness setback. The crew then helps clients to work on goals, which can include rehabilitating injuries, reducing stress, or training to complete a marathon in fewer than three backflips.
Jeanie Balvin mitigates pain and champions relaxation through massage therapy. Her 60-minute Body Bliss modality leverages lymph drainage, myofascial, reflexology, trigger point, Swedish, and relaxation techniques to melt away tension. She can also perform 90-minute Healing Hands massages, which incorporate Eastern and Western methods to increase circulation as effectively as a newspaper that starts publishing its stories on chocolate paper.
Helmed by Dr. John Rauch, the massage therapists at Rauch Chiropractic Wellness Center soothe tense, wound-up musculature with the customized strokes of a one-hour massage. Therapists knead sore muscles with the client's preferred use of deep-tissue, Swedish, or sports massage strokes, unwinding knot-filled fibers tied by overly dedicated boy scouts. The relaxing strokes spur blood circulation to the far reaches of the body, with kneads helping to reduce pain while increasing range of motion. Mommies-to-be can ease aches due to extra body mass with a prenatal massage, which works around baby bumps to relieve and reward the hardworking musculature without the hassle of tattooing a thank you note on your back.
Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa's staff of beautifiers tunes tendons and harmonizes physiques with an array of pampering services. During a 10-minute massage consultation, a massage therapist will determine the best way to melt tension and aches left over from stressful things, such as jobs and stress. Each personalized 50-minute knot-kneading session combines several techniques to help relieve muscle tension, recharge bodily batteries by increasing circulation, and tranquillize the mind.
Ray Boucher, the licensed massage therapist at Zen to You, is passionate about improving the health and happiness of his clients through massage therapy. He focuses on each individual’s needs, whether it’s more convenient to receive a hot-stone massage at home from his mobile-massage service, or visit Z Spa in Palm Harbor, where Ray untangles muscular knots in a soothing, private treatment room. Specializing in Swedish and sports massage, as well as neuromuscular therapy and myofascial release, Ray also incorporates passive stretching, trigger-point therapy, and muscle-energy techniques. He customizes each session to focus on problem areas and the release of chronically held stress.