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.
Heather S. Kuczer's career was inspired by her experiences as a chronic back- and neck-pain sufferer. After years of trying to cover up her symptoms with medication, she decided to explore alternative forms of treatment and soon found herself pursuing her massage license in order to help others find relief from pain, anxiety, and stress. Seventeen years later, she joinsa group of licensed, experienced massage therapists who dole out relaxing treatments such as aromatherapy massage and warm footbaths. The center's specialties are naturally geared toward therapeutic work including neuromuscular and sports massages, which focus on soothing the ails of consummate athletes and soccer balls tired of being kicked around.
La Belle Hair Salon & Day Spa is a one-stop beauty destination. Clients settle into salon chairs for stylish new dos or venture into private rooms for a choice of 12 types of skincare treatments—including microdermabrasion treatments, peels, and intense pulsed-light treatments. La Belle also keeps skin smooth with waxing treatments and slimming body wraps.
Prior to opening a yoga studio, Aaron Ledesma had spent over a decade as a professional baseball player—playing for teams including the Mets and the Tampa Bay Rays. This grueling career resulted in a back injury, and it was while recovering from surgery that Aaron first encountered yoga. Impressed with the healing benefits, he made the decision to retire from baseball and take a hot yoga training course instead.
At Yoga 365, Aaron is joined by his wife Karen, who combines her background in psychology with classic yoga techniques to cultivate a deep mind-body connection. The duo—along with a roster of talented instructors—lead 60- to 90-minute classes from the early morning to the late evening inside an airy, modern studio. During classes, the rooms are heated up to 105 degrees to help detoxify the body and loosen muscles for deeper stretches. Should clients like to unwind or untangle, they can step inside a private treatment room for a soothing massage or chakra balancing. The gender-specific locker rooms have showers for post-class primping, along with amenities including shampoo, conditioner, and hair dryers. Yoga 365 also offers nutritional counseling and muscle response testing.
Ruth M. Schopper-Hughes performs a variety of soothing services, using her 25 years of experience and her personal knowledge of the benefits of massage. She offers reflexology as well as other spa services that include massages, facials, and facial waxing.
Beautifiers at 2 Dye 4 Salon and Spa (formerly Salon Serenity) dole out a cut and style, a hot-stone massage, or permanent eyeliner to patrons in a salon filled with black chairs and track lighting. The always-changing menu of services includes hair, nail, skin, massage, and permanent-makeup services.