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.
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.
Inside Eimaj Spa & Salon, aestheticians give free consultations before beautifying faces and bodies with treatments such as body wraps, waxes, and facials that utilize the Obagi Medical line of products. The menu of facials includes kinetic dermabrasion, which gently softens and is safe for most skin types, and the Repêchage glycolic-acid facial peel, which aims to erase discoloration and fine lines. Meanwhile, body wraps aim to cleanse toxins haunting the lymphatic system's attic with aloe vera, herbs, and strips of cotton while helping contour curves and reduce inches.
Radiante Jacqueline Day Spa's luxurious hair, skin, and body treatments helped earn it Best of the Coast honors from Pensacola’s Independent News 2004–2009. Tense muscles will benefit from the 50-minute Swedish massage, which incorporates long, flowing strokes, circular motions, and a gentle kneading of the flesh ($50 value). Swedish massage can improve circulation, release toxins from their muscular nesting places, and, when paired with aromatherapy oils ($10 value), gets rid of tension better than a Hitchcock film remade by kindergartners.
In a small, private room at 10th Avenue Hair Design, background music lends experienced stylist Heather Stevens fun beats to snip along to. Complimentary coffee and soda offerings team up with a lengthy consultation to commence hair-downsizing, then Stevens's skilled hands custom-cut and style strands in one hour. Redken, Moroccanoil, and Pureology products help to secure updated shapes. Alternately, partial-foil treatments deliver added drama to face frames, shining sunny spotlights on especially important performers and nervous, lost deer. During this 90-minute to two-hour service (with a haircut, a shampoo, and a style), Redken, Wella, and Rusk coloring products coat hairs, changing their stripes but not their political leanings. Clients can upgrade to a keratin treatment, feather-hair extensions, or any other service for an additional cost.