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.
At Artistic Cuts Salon & Spa, a cool blue tile mosaic greets visitors when they approach the desk, scarcely concealing murals of swans and cranes that usher in a feeling of serenity. Beneath hanging lanterns, specialists perform a variety of salon and spa services for men and women. Stylists tame locks with custom haircuts, coloring, perms, and straightening treatments, which can be complemented by other beauty services such as waxing and permanent makeup. Spa technicians also reward bodies with massages, facials, and skin treatments such as microdermabrasion.
Between Essie and CND Shellac nail polishes, Bella's Nails has every color of the rainbow covered. And technicians paint each hue onto nails during manicures and pedicures, enhancing treatments with skin-softening sugar scrubs and masks. Overworked hands and feet relax during gentle massages and rousing renditions of "This Little Piggy." No detail is too small for the techs here, who meticulously curtail cuticles and file nails into perfect crescents.
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.
Most people believe beauty requires pain. But at Timeless Surgical Center, a team of experienced technicians strives to make sure its advanced aesthetic services deliver serious results with very minimal discomfort. Board-certified technicians carry out this mission using their experience as laser specialists. Timeless Surgical Center is also a Syneron instructing center, skilled at training facial surgeons and technicians in the ins and outs of administering and performing advanced aesthetic treatments using FotoFacial RF, Refirmé, and Matrix IR systems—systems the doctor employs in her work at Timeless Surgical Center. Patients can smooth cellulite with VelaShape treatments, which also shape the body's contours noninvasively. Many of the spa's treatments can work together toward a single beauty goal; VelaShape can be used in conjunction with Vaser liposuction to heighten the smoothing, slimming effect. The beauty haven is also outfitted with Obagi skincare products, which are used during customized facials and exfoliating peels.
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.