Every spa treatment, class, and wellness consultation at Sweet Serenity aims to cultivate overall well-being, addressing both external and internal wellness. Facials and body treatments rely on an arsenal of organic, botanical-based, and seasonally produced products as they cleanse and hydrate the skin. Yoga and guided-meditation sessions, meanwhile, seek to bolster self-awareness, whereas therapeutic massages work to shoo away tension and spies masquerading as muscle knots with gentle and firm pressure.
MaryAnn Sumaraga could barely get out of bed. With an impending back surgery on the horizon, she visited an acupressure therapist in hopes of relieving some of the pain caused by her chronic sciatica. Six weeks later, she cancelled her back surgery, and marched effortlessly into the classrooms at the Holistic Life Institution of Massage and Natural Health, ready to dedicate her life to helping others the way her acupressure therapist had helped her.
After discovering the healing properties of massage, MaryAnn went full throttle, absorbing additional expertise in bodywork, energy work, and Reiki. With 1000 hours of practice under her belt––not to mention additional certifications in homeopathy, herbology, and iridology––she creates tailored, client-centered treatments that often blend massage, aromatherapy, and nutritional advice. She views each client as biochemically unique, and tends to them only after she has a full picture of their pain, so that she can treat it with more specificity than with what she refers to as "cookbook approaches," which are often tailored to the therapeutic needs of tense gingerbread men.
At Body and Soul by Carla, the atmosphere alone might be enough to relax clients, with its umber walls, soft surfaces, and low lighting. But licensed massage therapist Carla doesn’t want her clients to merely relax. She wants them to escape from every scrap of tension quivering in the furthest sinews of their back, neck, and limbs. To achieve this, she descends on muscles with soothing Swedish massages, using long, gliding strokes of medium pressure to squeeze out aches and stir stagnant blood into carting off its backlog of toxins.
Using only her hands and body-healing training, massage therapist Debra Holman tackles aches and tension. Blending massage and reflexology techniques, she prods empathetic points on the feet or invigorates the scalp with a cranial sacral massage to heal muscles and sooth away stresses. Newly loose muscles can be adorned with spray-tanning treatments, which coat the body in a flattering summery hue customized to match skin tone or the length of tall tales about meeting Jimmy Buffett.
After exhausting a list of doctors to alleviate debilitating migraines, Esther Rocha turned to massage therapy. The results were so astounding that Esther quit her job as a quality control inspector and enrolled in massage therapy school. Not at the helm of her own business, Esther specializes in tension headache massages and chronic pain-relieving deep-tissue techniques. She is also a licensed esthetician, and refreshes clients’ mugs with custom facials and full face waxings.
Sixteen years in the hair industry means a lot of scissor time, bowls of hair dye, and pin curls. That is Sonia Padilla’s world. As a master stylist and color specialist who keeps up with current techniques, she transforms clients’ hair into chic styles and executes trends from simple bobs to vibrant red coifs and blunt bangs. Her keratin treatments leave hair soft, shiny, and smooth, and her updos prepare clients for proms and half-birthday parties.