While attending Withlacoochee Technical Institute, Charles Haffner learned a diverse array of massage techniques ranging from flowing Swedish strokes to firm, deep-tissue pressure. Now as a licensed massage therapist, Charles offers his therapeutic expertise out of Maxibell Bodywork and Massage. In addition to longer bodywork sessions, chair massages are available for clients and La-Z-Boy recliners hoping to live up to the name.
Natural rock salts cover every wall surface of The Salt Room's treatment rooms, including the floors and ceilings. The facility uses salt's innate antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to help alleviate a number of symptoms, from allergies and asthma to bronchitis and emphysema. Inside those treatment rooms, visitors lounge in comfortable recliners while breathing in the healing particles, which clear nasal and lung passageways of allergens, bacteria, and mucus blockage. The Salt Room also offers various unsalted services, including acupuncture, massage, skin care, and yoga.
Inside InEssence Salon & Spa, guests are welcomed by a comforting cup of herbal tea in the hopes that it will help spirit them away from the stresses they left outside. Once the refreshments have had time to take effect, willing bodies are led to the massage table, where therapists ease out remaining aches and pains with techniques such as hot-stone or trigger-point therapy, or to the styling chair, where split ends are swiftly shed to gift shoulders a newfound lightness of being. Facials address every type of skin—from sensitive and dry to mature and pie-covered⎯while mani-pedis keep appendages looking fresh with essential oils, custom-blended scrubs, and anti-aging ingredients.
A nationally certified massage therapist, LaVonne Ayoub tackles and subdues everyday aches with warm, flowing fingers. At Hands of Mercy Massage, LaVonne checks in with clients before each session to see where they're at physically as well as the style of depth of pressure they'd prefer. LaVonne creates a safe and calm space for patients while using sessions to help reduce stress and increase personal awareness within her clients.
As a child, Mary Ann Barefield watched her mother apply moisturizers and nourishing compounds during daily skincare routines. She quickly realized that these rituals not only enhanced her mother's self-esteem, but also the overall health of her skin. Inspired by this and her mother's graceful aging over the years, she opened bareSkin Esthetics. Today, Mary Ann and her staff offer services such as LED light therapy that saturates skin at a cellular level to provide a smoother, healthier complexion. Aside from nourishing facials and waxing services, staff members also use crystal-free, ultrasonic microdermabrasion wands to exfoliate the outermost layer of epidermis with ultrasonic vibrations. This, like most of their treatments, is a gentle procedure that aims to diminish blemishes while fighting the effects of aging more efficiently than turning one’s corner office into a giant ball pit.
Botanical formulas meet modern technology at Face & Body Tonics, where beauty technicians rely on both to design spa treatments that enhance bodies' health and appearance from the inside out. The spa’s cosmetic-teeth-whitening treatments exemplify this approach, pairing a pH-balanced whitening formula with light, pressure, and heat to erase stains caused by drinking coffee and eating oil paintings of fruit. The spa's licensed-massage therapist, Angel, specializes in Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massage. Among the spa’s skin-and-body treatments, mummy-style body wraps crafted from an aloe-herb solution work to restore skin's firmness and elasticity. This ancient-Egyptian method finds its space-age counterpart in the infrared technology of a Solocarbon sauna that raises the body’s temperature to detoxify tissue, reduce chronic pain, and aid in weight loss.