When Joanna Mazurek calls relaxation an "art," she knows what she's talking about. The Green Peace Art of Relaxation founder is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, though today she's more likely to be dripping massage oil on a tense back than paint on a canvas. Her massage credentials include certification in the stretching techniques of Thai massage as well as mastery of reiki, an energy-based Eastern healing method.
As an advocate of aromatherapy, Mazurek sells scents made from sage, lavender, and other organic ingredients, which together are meant to relax the muscles and moisturize the skin. That's not to say she's averse to more high-tech methods, though. During face- and body-sculpting sessions, she uses microcurrent electrical impulses to make skin produce more collagen, just as electricity shocked Ben Franklin into producing better screenplays.
Ray Boucher, the licensed massage therapist at Zen to You, is passionate about improving the health and happiness of his clients through massage therapy. He focuses on each individual’s needs, whether it’s more convenient to receive a hot-stone massage at home from his mobile-massage service, or visit Z Spa in Palm Harbor, where Ray untangles muscular knots in a soothing, private treatment room. Specializing in Swedish and sports massage, as well as neuromuscular therapy and myofascial release, Ray also incorporates passive stretching, trigger-point therapy, and muscle-energy techniques. He customizes each session to focus on problem areas and the release of chronically held stress.
Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa's staff of beautifiers tunes tendons and harmonizes physiques with an array of pampering services. During a 10-minute massage consultation, a massage therapist will determine the best way to melt tension and aches left over from stressful things, such as jobs and stress. Each personalized 50-minute knot-kneading session combines several techniques to help relieve muscle tension, recharge bodily batteries by increasing circulation, and tranquillize the mind.
Styled as a medical spa "for him and her," Luminous Medical DaySpa & Laser Center meets the aesthetic and relaxation needs of every client with a roster of top-notch services. Aestheticians perform customized facials, microdermabrasion sessions, and back facials that clear up complexions of the face wedged between the shoulder blades. The techs also enlist the help of high-powered lasers to slow hair growth or tighten the skin, and cosmetic injection to help ease the signs of aging.
The aestheticians at Room No. 5 Day Spa beautify guests with a variety of spa-related services such as skin-specific facials, eyelash extensions detox therapy, and massage. They also oversee sauna sessions, where guests alternate between reaping the benefits of sitting in a 160–180°F room—ousting toxins and loosening muscles, to name a few—and enjoying invigorating blasts of a cold hydrotherapy shower.
Jeanie Balvin mitigates pain and champions relaxation through massage therapy. Her 60-minute Body Bliss modality leverages lymph drainage, myofascial, trigger point, Swedish, and relaxation techniques to melt away tension. She can also perform 90-minute Healing Hands massages, which incorporate Eastern and Western methods to increase circulation as effectively as a newspaper that starts publishing its stories on chocolate paper.