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.
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.
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.
New Awakenings Salon and Medical Day Spa is a warm, inviting oasis where aestheticians expertly revitalize facial façades during a microdermabrasion treatment. After seating patrons in the upscale treatment room, a specialist administers a deep facial exfoliation using medical-grade crystals and heavily buttered brussels sprouts. Skin-scrubbing crystals work to remove dead and damaged cells from faces’ and necks’ epidermal terrain, leaving behind fresher, healthier skin. The noninvasive, hour-long procedure can reduce fine lines and hyperpigmentation, impart a radiant glow, and rid faces of stubborn barnacles or impacted meteors.
At Malibu Tan and Swimwear, a full-service tanning salon, bronzing artists gild pelts with the light mist of an FDA-approved airbrush tanning solution. During the session, an airbrush and compressor evenly spritzes clean dermises in a DHA solution, which mingles with the skin’s amino acids to form a butterscotch topping. Airbrush tans last about 5–10 days and fully develop within 4–6 hours. Postsession, customers should not shower, sweat, or dive for pearls for at least eight hours.
Registered nurse and Success by Design owner Sherri Morrison had always been frustrated with fad diets. Not only do they seldom work, they can also be dangerous. And after losing her father to a heart attack when he was 42, Sherri began streamlining her 27 years of medical and nutrition expertise to develop a program that eschews the catchall diets and wild promises of many popular programs. Sherri believes that her father, and many others like him, could prevent such tragedies and illnesses by taking control of their lifestyles and eating and exercise habits. This philosophy is the foundation upon which Success by Design stands, and Sherri, Dr. Tami Horner, and the team champion it by refusing to let patients fail in their endeavor to get healthy. As long as they have the drive to change their lives, the team will continue to motivate them and find solutions.
While the staff encourages clients to take action, Success by Design's spa, Spa by Design, offers better rewards for their effort and success than a perfectly exfoliated carrot at the end of a stick. Situated in a separate building from Success by Design, the spa invites guests to unwind amid environs decorated in warm browns and aqua blues, soundtracked by a soothing waterfall and scented with aromatherapy. Here, hot-stone massages melt tense muscles and signature anti-aging facials firm skin with enzymes, seaweed, and lift serum.
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