Inside Advanced Skin & Body Care Day Spa & Hair Studio, a full body-care team of aestheticians, stylists, and nail technicians wields their trade tools to help clients look their best and feel relaxed. With scissors and bowls of custom-mixed hair dye, stylists snip and sculpt, giving hair the kind of therapy its therapist could never give. Aestheticians apply warm wax to remove unwanted hair on faces and legs, or perform facials with the help of glycolic acid or a microdermabrasion wand. During massages, a therapist may fill a treatment room with aromatherapy scents before placing warm stones on backs that help release tension. No matter which of the spa’s services clients choose, the staff aims to provide a nurturing environment in which visitors can unwind and leave looking and feeling renewed.
Whether its with her hands while standing next to a massage bed or with her feet while hanging over her clients, licensed massage therapist Kim Savoie finds the best way to deliver manual therapy and treat physical ailments. In softly lit treatment rooms, where soothing music floats around heated treatment tables, Kim performs a variety of types of massage including Yogasage, mother-to-be massage, and lymphatic-drainage massage. Along with bodywork therapy, Kim offers a full menu of holistic-care services for adults and children, such as life coaching, reiki, and meditation with imaginary friends.
7e Fit Spa's name makes a lot of sense, once it's broken down. Seven represents a universal number that represents the seven body chakras and colors of the rainbow; "e" stands for the seven essential elements of wellness (a healthy lifestyle, inner peace, and positive energy, to name a few). Fitting, considering the spa's mission is to inspire a healthy and mindful lifestyle?with the help of some natural and scientific therapies, of course. These therapies and treatments target the face as well as the body, from microcurrent facials and microdermabrasion to body contouring treatments and LED light therapy.
During more than two decades in the beauty industry, Charity—the head of Hair 1 and Spa 2—has amassed a wide-ranging arsenal of expertise, excelling in fields as diverse as laser hair removal and manicures. In her capacity as a stylist, her cut and color services revamp coifs, and her facials, peels, and Photo Lite age-spot treatments rejuvenate the faces beneath them. Alternatively, her massages, which include Swedish or deep tissue, dissolve stress and facilitate internal harmony. Clients can pop into her Zen-like salon or schedule an appointment for her to visit their homes or live-in solariums.
The staff at Elements Therapeutic Massage consults with clients about their massage preferences and goals to pair them with compatible and experienced massage therapists. Therapists further customize the massage based on the clinic's pressure-level system, addressing customer preference as effectively as a psychic drive-thru. Muscle wranglers target knots and deep-seated tension with the trigger-point treatment or tackle a wider spectrum of aches with the broad, smooth motions of a Swedish massage. Backs seeking alleviation of long-term strain can luxuriate in a deep-tissue session, while a sports massage preemptively nixes injury-causing tension and latent sympathy for the opposing team. A prenatal massage can reduce swelling while encouraging relaxation of body and mind for better sleep and mobility.
Of the 16 licensed massage therapists at Stepping Stone Clinic, each has their own specialty. Owner Pamela Wald, herself a massage therapist with 20 years of experience as well as an extensive medical background and a certificate in laser technology. Together, they accommodate complaints and issues of all stripes, from physical pain to stress and anxiety, with a deep slate of therapies. Always aiming to be on the forefront of new services and technology, Stepping Stone Clinic is also among the first in the Bradenton-Sarasota area to offer warm deep tissue laser therapy treatments, which aim to significantly reduce pain and mobility in short treatment sessions that accelerate the body's natural healing process through photo-bio-stimulation. Their services include massage for athletes and expecting mothers, along with a number of skincare treatments?see the pineapple facial for an indulgent way of minimizing wrinkles. They also offer acupuncture services, with Steve Gooding specializing in using the treatment to treat chronic illness.