Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lewis Obi of Renaissance Center for Cosmetic Renewal has assembled a staff dedicated to the artistry of beauty-enhancing therapies. A Jacksonville native, Dr. Obi served in the United States Marine Corps and graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a pharmacy degree. He then continued his medical education at the University of Miami, where his medical thesis was published in the international magazine Medical World News.
Dr. Obi performs myriad plastic-surgery procedures such as face-lifts, tummy tucks, and liposuction, as well as minimally and noninvasive laser procedures ranging from skin tightening to laser hair removal. He and his technicians also perform facial cosmetic treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and photofacial treatments that aim to treat a variety of skin types and ailments, such as rosacea, sun damage, and Sharpie unibrows.
Flickering candles softly illuminate Alpha Beauty Clinic's numerous private treatment rooms, where clients relax during services ranging from soothing Swedish massages and firming seaweed wraps for the entire body to specialized facials, such as the Cleopatra 24 Karat Gold facial and the Japanese Pearl facial. The unusual treatments easily attract new clients, yet the spa's welcoming, skilled staffers help to maintain relationships with regulars who've been stopping by since Alpha Beauty Clinic first opened in 1987. The treatment menu isn't the only thing with international flair at Alpha Beauty Clinic. Team members hail from around the globe, and many boast more than a decade's worth of experience. The multicultural staff can speak and recite slam poetry in an assortment of languages including Hindi, Spanish, Italian, and Tagalog.
At Custom Massage by Cana MM31403, licensed muscle whisperers neutralize symptoms of stress with thorough kneading services, complemented by a suite of facials, chemical peels, and waxing treatments. Muscles melt under the ministrations of nine massage modalities, ranging from the gentle petrissage and effleurage strokes of Swedish massage to aromatherapy, which harnesses ambient vapor and topically applied essential oils to soothe minds and clear away scent memories from time spent lost in an orange grove. Patrons can recline on luxurious massage tables, surrounded by neutral-toned walls hung with artistically rendered om characters, or for a $20 additional fee, waived for handicapped customers, staffers can coddle bodies in a home visit. The spa is conveniently located near the Riverside, Downtown and San Marco neighborhoods.
Though massages are the main source of comfort at Jacksonville Massage Suite, the time before and after each session offers its own comforts. Cozy decorations add an upbeat sparkle to a spacious waiting room where guests can lounge on leather furniture until their appointment. And each treatment ends with an evaluation of muscular health, which Jacksonville Massage Suite's licensed therapists help clients maintain by suggesting flexibility exercises.
Customized to each client's needs, the massages themselves can incorporate elements of eight styles, from slower Swedish strokes to more intense trigger point treatments. Jacksonville Massage Suite's therapists likewise cater massages to specific groups, from pregnant women seeking relief from leg cramps to athletes recovering from an especially taxing huddle.
Sheila's Skin & Nail Spa pampers clients with beautifying and relaxing facial, waxing, and nail services. As a licensed aesthetician, Sheila knows how to carefully tailor treatments such as the anti-aging vitamin C facial, which retextures skin and imbues the epidermis with nutrients, or one of many body wraps. Her waxing sessions include pretreatments designed to prime the skin for smoothness, and her ultrasonic facial treatments leave clients looking younger and less likely to get carded at Miss Teen USA auditions.
Under the direction of owner Kimberly Blair—a clinical and medical skincare therapist—the aestheticians at Bella Skincare Studio specialize in rejuvenating the faces of men and women. Therapists cleanse pelts using Dermalogica products, a line free of ingredients such as artificial fragrances that can irritate the skin and offend traditionalist noses. Armed with skin-nourishing wares, epidermis experts dispense services ranging from tailored facials and glycolic peels to waxing services.