From Pilates, yoga, and cycling classes to facials, body wraps, and massages, Changes in Motion’s repertoire of life-affirming services helps clients achieve health and beauty from the inside out. Students can enroll in small-group classes or one-on-one sessions with one of three licensed Pilates instructors—former dancer Effie, Power Pilates expert Emmy, or Pilates veteran Wendy. The trio rounds up Reformer machines, springboards, and a TRX suspension system to help novices and seasoned students alike strengthen and tone their cores. The studio also boasts a full class schedule packed with non-Pilates sessions, such as spinning, cross training, and yoga.
After clients work up a sweat, they can head to the spa for a 60-minute cooldown session with a licensed massage therapist, who customizes deep-tissue, Swedish, and Thai stretch techniques to individual concerns. Across the hall, licensed aestheticians use Éminence, B&G, and WoodSprite organic skincare products during facials and body wraps, hydrating skin and restoring a look of youth. Meanwhile, two noninvasive systems—the TriActive laser and electrical-stimulation machine—blend technologies to boost circulation, smooth cellulite, and tighten skin without the hassle of squeezing into a straitjacket made entirely of band-aids.
For an additional fee, guests at The Mona Lisa Day Spa and Salon can opt to slip into a hydrotherapy tub or watch their once shy pores open in an aromatherapy steam room before any service begins. As soothing music placates ears and soft lighting makes everyone look more attractive, the spa's team of expert aestheticians melds Western and Eastern techniques. Warm wax gently removes hair from the body, and Japanese-inspired body treatments incorporate cherry blossom, rice-powder exfoliation, and a reflexology massage. Facials purify and nourish skin with Eco-Cert organic plant-derived ingredients and European techniques, and cosmetic services, such as makeup application and eyelash extensions, further beautify bodies. The Mona Lisa also offers massage packages which also allow individuals or couples the chance to pamper themselves and enjoy a day of relaxation.
Annalisa Derryberry, LMT, brings a longtime interest in yoga and alternative healing methods into her bodywork sessions, which include her specialty, Thai massage. A combination of acupressure, energy work, and yoga-like stretching, this technique works to ease muscle tension and balance the body's energy flow. Like bath time in Puritan households, Thai massage requires participants to be fully clothed. She also performs more traditional massages, including deep-tissue and relaxation, as well as Thai foot reflexology.
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With a stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island in Fernandina Beach (Amelia Island), you'll be within the region of Fort Clinch State Park and Big Talbot Island State Park. This 5-star resort is within the region of B.E.A.K.S. and Timucuan Ecological & Historical Preserve.
Make yourself at home in one of the 446 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and DVD players. Rooms have private balconies. Cable programming and video-game consoles are provided for your entertainment, while wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected. Bathrooms have makeup/shaving mirrors and designer toiletries.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers body treatments and facials. You're sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, and a spa tub. Additional features include wireless Internet access (surcharge), a concierge desk, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Enjoy a meal at one of the resort's dining establishments, which include 6 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access 24-hour room service. Relax with a refreshing drink at a beach bar, a poolside bar, or one of 3 bars/lounges.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and an Internet point. Planning an event in Fernandina Beach? This resort has 42,000 square feet (3902 square meters) of space consisting of a conference center, conference/meeting rooms, and small meeting rooms. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
Massages don't always require a table. At her studio inside Treetop Massage, licensed massage therapist and certified Thai massage practitioner Nina Lombardo begins each session by asking clients to lie down on a padded floor mat. She then combines elements of yoga, acupressure, and massage to guide recipients through stretches and compressions that decrease aches and anxiety. Optional Thai herbal bundles further soothe the senses with hot or cold temperatures intermingled with inviting aromas such as sage and chamomile. Nina also frequently partners with her teacher, Ariela Grodner, for double-practitioner massages, an easier alternative to scouring the world for a four-armed massage therapist.
Gerald Roach spent a decade serving his country in the US Army—including a stint in Afghanistan—by dispensing supplies and operating heavy construction equipment. Since then, he earned his massage license and joined forces with the American Massage Therapy Association to defeat ailments with relaxing, healing techniques. He draws on an arsenal of modalities such as therapeutic, deep-tissue, chair, pregnancy, and holistic massage.