Marilyn Castorina has made a life out of making people prettier. A stylist with more than 20 years of experience and advanced training from both the International Dermal Institute and PCA Skin, she now welcomes clients to From Head to Toe Salon & Spa, where she renovates looks with services ranging from cuts and colors to facials, waxing, and nail services. She begins each hair appointment with a consultation, working with each client to determine a flattering plan before snipping away split ends or adding splashes of Pravana color. One of Bio Sculpture Gel Nails' educators in the state of Florida, she adds personality to fingertips with the company's no-chip color. She also eases tension by massaging faces, necks, and shoulders during the signature facial, and aims to leave complexions firm and acne-free with skin-specific treatments. As a more intensive anti-aging solution, Marilyn might even recommend a microdermabrasion session or a peel featuring clinical formulas by PCA Skin. They also use the Dermalogica skincare line, which was developed at The International Dermal Institute to eliminate common irritants, such as mineral oil, artificial colors, and kryptonite.
Each of Imagine You New's (formerly Complexions Day Spa) skincare specialists brings at least 10 years of experience to the spa's treatment tables. Still, they refuse to rely solely on their own experience when crafting custom treatments for new clients. Every facial or waxing service begins with an informal consultation, during which the aestheticians select products designed for the client's individual skin type or condition. Their collection of such products is extensive; professional DermaQuest formulas exfoliate and cleanse pores during facial treatments, OPI polishes add a glossy sheen to nails, and Jane Iredale mineral makeups imbue cheeks with a radiant glow. Imagine You New's free WiFi gives guests the chance to show off their new look on a social-networking site or research why their body makes a mechanical hissing sound when pressed on during a deep-tissue massage.
Palm Harbor Wellness Center & Cheek Powell Wellness Center offers the community a unique alternative to the standard health club. Incorporating physical fitness with wellness coaching allows clients to experience a total wellness transformation of the mind, body, and spirit. A staff of wellness coaches and personal trainers implement medically based exercise programs and oversee routines as guests pedal aboard cardio equipment, sweat through circuit-training stations, and heave free weights within the fully furnished gym. Each location also boasts more than 50 group fitness classes per week, during which experienced instructors lead groups through yoga poses, Zumba twirls, and kickboxing strikes. Before or after a workout, clients can choose from a variety of customized massages to help soothe or strengthen the body.
Essentials Massage & Facials' Spa professionals relax weary bodies with a collection of therapeutic services. Soothing massages employ a collection of kneads, strokes, and manipulations to reduce tension and disentangle body knots, with luxurious add-ons such as paraffin treatments and aromatherapy. The skin-savvy techs also rid frames of unwanted stubble with waxing services, smooth out wrinkles with chemical peels and microdermabrasion, and soften countenances with professional skincare products during facials.
Marluc Skin Enhancement’s specialists present a varied approach to pampering the epidermis, including three one-hour body wraps that help achieve different epidermal goals. The green-tea body wrap lathers bodies with a heated concoction of minerals, herbal extracts, and essential oils that coerce the skin to release toxins and render it smooth and firm like a moonwalking drill sergeant. Level out skinscapes with the aminocel-parafango body wrap, which begins with a scrub paving the way for an application of an aminocel solution, paraffin, and sea mud. An aesthetician then cocoons the body in a light sheet for 15 minutes as the treatment’s ingredients work to improve cellulite. After the removal of the waxy shell, a collagen-rich cream introduces itself to softer, less dimpled skin. The aminodren-parafango body wrap treats skin to the same coddling as the aminocel body wrap, but instead uses an aminodren solution composed of marine seaweed and ginkgo biloba to help detoxify the skin before it emits smokestacks.
Signature Service: Advanced skin care
Brands Used: Skin Scripts, Nardo's Natural,
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment so you will have time to complete paperwork.
Sometimes the little things make all the difference. Do you bake any supplementary services into your main services?
Spa Escape prides itself on giving each client exclusive personal pampering [with] hot towels, aromatherapy, warm hand stones, hand and shoulder massages.
People go to spas to forget about the outside world. How does your decor help create an atmosphere where visitors can unwind?
Spa Escape is decorated in warm colors with a fireplace and cozy blankets on a comfortable facial bed. Wonderful scents in the air, soft music, and flickering candles welcome you to a friendly, unpretentious, warm environment.
How did you get started in the beauty industry? Did you have an "ah-ha" moment in life?
Bunny is a full time middle-school teacher who first trained as a licensed advanced skin care therapist, then became licensed as a massage therapist—all while continuing to teach. After working in some of the local spas, she decided in March 2014 to open Spa Escape.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Spa Escape is a full service spa that offers advanced skin care, massage therapy and full body waxing.