Tara Thrasher, Studio Twenty-8's resident massage therapist, draws from more than 11 years of body-bolstering experience to battle deep-seated chronic pain and help patients relax with yoga techniques. During deep-tissue massage, the expert body guru analyzes clients' posture and customizes muscle-molding sessions to focus on chronic pain across the body's structural systems, as well as the telephone wires that connect muscles to the brain. Skilled hands target trigger points and ease tension with multiple stretching techniques, including those that focus on myofascial tissues. Due to the intensity of the massage, clients may require a few days to recover and practice all their body's newly programmed facial expressions.
The iron curlicues and elegant lettering on the sign in front of Le Salon aren’t just decorative—without them, it’d be difficult to notice the salon there at all. Flowers bloom, palm trees lean, and flags flap around the neat brick-and-stucco bungalow, which blends right into a block of vintage wood houses. It’s equally homey inside, where a family of four stylists snips and lathers as women, men, and children sit before old-fashioned vanity tables, sink into a paisley sofa, or stretch out on the gleaming wood floor. The stylists are happy to share the secrets to getting the most out of their wide lineup of Redken products, and they will gladly special order anything they don’t have so clients can take home the latest in smoothing treatments or bottled hair.
Still Waters Day & Medical Spa, supervised by Dr. Jack Kotlarz, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, specializes in bolstering beauty with lasers and other forms of advanced technology while still pampering those looking for a traditional spa experience. VelaSmooth anticellulite treatments shed dimples without invasive surgery or witchcraft, Isolaz PPX laser from Solta helps minimize pores and reduce inflammatory skin, and the Apogee Elite laser system frees clients from unwanted body fuzz with laser hair removal. Cosmetic injections and facial fillers pair with traditional aroma-infused spa soaks, facials, and massages. Every spa service includes a plush robe and slippers and begins with a warm footbath infused with fragrant herbs, essential oils, and car air fresheners.
Cuttin' Loose Salon is mere minutes from the rippling waters of the Gulf Coast and has been ranked one of Florida's top three salons for eight years running by Independent News. Golden-yellow walls and brick accents fill the space with bright charm as expert stylists use Matrix and Redken products to transform tresses with color, keratin treatments, and trendy cuts. Walk further back, and you'll step into the tranquil bodywork studio to encounter the salon's licensed massage therapist, Ann Sheppard, who has turned Pensacola's muscle frowns upside-down for nearly 10 years. She calls on the skills she learned at the Pensacola School of Massage Therapy and Health Careers and from training with a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine to both foster total relaxation and target pain stemming from injury or chronic conditions—she's treated everyone from pro athletes and coaches to expectant mothers and patients reeling from recent join-replacement surgery. Rather than sticking to one modality throughout her massage sessions, she calls on a number of techniques, picking and choosing her approach depending on what her clients require.
Upon entering Cuttin' Loose Salon, customers can rest easy knowing that skilled stylists are on the job and ready to keep guests' hairstyles healthy and on-trend with Moroccanoil, Rusk, and Kenra Platinum products. Besides offering precision haircuts, they further revamp manes with keratin treatments, color services, and special-occasion updos.
In the spa area, aesthetician Christine hydrates complexions with anti-aging facials, which work to diminish fine lines and wrinkles. She also sloughs off dead skin cells with microdermabrasion treatments that reveal smoother, younger looking skin.