Licensed Massage Therapist Karen Thomas is no stranger to beach life. After leaving her native home of Trinidad and Tobago, Karen found herself in New York City before settling back into the sands of Sarasota, Fla. Here, she helps rid clients of aches while unfurling tension and helping them boost their overall wellness. Stress, she says, can tangle the body, both physically and mentally. Through her practice, she not only provides pain relief, but also guides her clients on best-practice lifestyles, including diet and exercise tips.
While Karen often enjoys lazy afternoons reading a book on the beaches of Siesta Key, the LMT always remembers the education that brought her here. She graduated from the Swedish Institute ? A College of Medical Science in New York City, with a degree in occupational studies. She remains an active member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.
Located inside Alchemy Day Spa, SOS Nails is the spot to beautify nails and relax, all the way up to its baby-blue ceiling covered with fluffy clouds. The nail technicians there provide manicures and pedicures, and all pedicures include a soothing foot and leg massage with hot stones. After unwinding with nailcare services, guests can retreat to Alchemy Day Spa, where the staff offers haircare, facials, and massages.
Located in the Kohl's and Fresh Markey shopping plaza, in the heart of beautiful, growing University Park; The Gallery Salon is a full service salon providing all phases of hair services, acrylic, pink and white and natural nails, full body waxing, and skin health.
Founder of MD Skin Effects, Dr. Mona Mangat, saves the skin of her clients with the help of her teammate Karen Larson, a licensed skincare specialist of more than 20 years. The team's advanced medical aesthetic services can address beauty needs ranging from removing unwanted hair by laser to unclogging pores with peels and mini plungers. Beauty injections fight aging by reducing the appearance of fine lines using FDA-approved prescription serums, and microdermabrasion employs aluminum-oxide crystals to shed the skin’s top layer and spur the creation of more collagen.
When the stylists at Natural Vanity say "natural," they mean it. Each master-level stylist on the team has trained at the Aveda Institute, learning how to beautify tresses all-natural products that are derived from plant sources and manufactured with wind energy generated by the Jolly Green Giant's snoring.
In addition to making clients look their best, the team also keeps them comfortable. While patrons receive a foot scrub, they relax in massaging chairs. After they've been pampered, they can browse the wares in the onsite vintage boutique.