Erin Sheehan-Edwards—the owner of A Renewed Spirit Massage and a licensed massage therapist herself—heads up a team of therapists that goes the extra mile to ensure customer comfort. The staff offers one-hour Swedish, deep-tissue, and reflexology massages as well as hydrating paraffin treatments for the hands, feet, and back that nourish skin and help it better relate to the bedside candle. Groups of four or more can enjoy blissful camaraderie with a fondue massage party, which pairs cheese or chocolate fondue with Swedish massages.
Board-certified dermatologists Dr. Virginia Schekorra and Dr. Charles Dewberry strive to resolve patients' skin concerns with clinical and cosmetic solutions. At The Dermatology Center, they address medical conditions such as eczema and rosacea and combat signs of aging with six types of injectables and dermal fillers or skincare products such as SkinMedica and iS Clinical. Licensed aesthetician Audrey Garcia-Vigotty is certified in the use of intense-pulsed-light technology—which she uses to remove hair or spider veins—and is a certified permanent-makeup artist. The team's certified eyelash-extension expert can beautify guests' faces and enable them to dry fresh coats of nail polish with a few dramatic blinks.
Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the services. These friendly automatons facilitate everything from hydro massages and oxygen therapy to teeth whitening and luminous facials. Each machine is designed for a specific service, which makes it the ultimate expert and keeps it from developing the ability to cry. Standard UV tanning booths are available ($13–$17 value per session), and advanced spa services, such as hydrodermafusion, sauna time, and LED facials ($40 value per session) provide opportunities for sweating, moisturizing, and photoskinthesis.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Advantage dote on visitors with a slew of custom massage techniques, including Swedish, prenatal, and deep tissue. Armed with warm blankets and a credo to respect patients' privacy, therapists begin each 30- or 60-minute session with a discussion on clients' specific aches and ailments. Therapists can also haul their equipment to office buildings for workplace chair massages that help reinvigorate fatigued employees or stressed-out water coolers during 5- to 15-minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.
Leopard-spotted nails. Hair dyed an electric pink. Exfoliating facial masks. The service list at Glamorous Kitty Hair & Nail Salon extends beyond the standard cut and color. Owner Jaye Martinez whole-heartedly believes that there's glamour in everyone, which is why her team has the diverse skill set needed to handle everything from waxing to hair coloring and nailcare.
The stylists and aestheticians at Metro Hair Salon and Spa call on years of training and acclaimed beauty brands such as Sadoc, Alfaparf Milano, and Shellac to refine appearances from head to toe. Inside one of three cozy studios, staffers rejuvenate damage and smooth down frizzled follicles with deep-conditioning recovery treatments and Brazilian straightening techniques. Coif artisans carefully steer scissors through strands, cutting and styling hair to frame faces or bypass highly ticklish shoulders. The spa also indulges other bodily regions by dipping hands in silky paraffin, infusing facials with renewing caviar, and unearthing tension with focused deep-tissue massages.
Whatever maladies clients are suffering from, the staff at Tampa Bay Bodyworks wants to help its visitors achieve their wellness goals. To do so, therapists specialize in various modalities of massage, ranging from deep tissue for tight muscles to gentle bodywork for relaxation. They also offer therapeutic rehabilitation for clients recovering from injury, zeroing in on muscular and skeletal conditions stemming from auto accidents, sports mishaps, and work-related aches.