Jennifer Stephens massages muscles and pampers skin with homemade products blended from fresh produce, local honey, and therapeutic clays. The products she uses are important to her, because her goal is to help clients escape from stress without having to rely on drugs or create their own sprawling fantasy universe. She is trained in an array of bodywork modalities, such as Swedish, deep tissue, and reflexology.
Belle La Vie may be a small salon, but the talent within is limitless. Women, men, and children can stop by for a haircut, which can be upgraded with coloring services, perm treatments, or intricate updos. Nearby, nail techs primp digits with meticulous manicures, acrylics, and nail art. For clients with excess stress, an intuitive therapist dissolves tension with deep-tissue, Swedish, and neuromuscular techniques.
Licensed massage therapist Dorothy DeBoise turns muscle frowns upside down with her specialty bodywork. Dorothy can promote relaxation with percussive shiatsu strokes or temper lower-layer pain with deep-tissue or trigger-point therapy. To ramp up massages, clients may also request indulgent add-ons such as lava shells, hot stones, and soothing aromatherapy.
Energizing beats fuel each furious workout at F.I.R.M. Fitness Camp as groups move together to shave off pounds and shape stronger bodies. Certified personal trainers start fresh each day with a new workout that employs dumbbells, jump ropes, and the Lebert Equalizer to keep heart rates pumping while building muscle mass. Unlike other boot camps, the trainers motivate through positive reinforcement rather than by yelling at clients or leaving passive-aggressive post-it notes on their fridges. Additionally, each energy-boosting session is held indoors, so students need not worry about sessions being canceled due to rain.
With more than 20 years of combined experience, Iliana and Victoria Velez work with clients to help them achieve a healthy balance in mind, body, and spirit. Therapeutic massages, including prenatal and neuromuscular modalities, help relieve stress and stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
After graduating from the Florida College of Natural Health, licensed massage therapist Shirley Lewis fine-tuned her healing techniques at gyms, chiropractic offices, and by giving massages at local and international health fairs. Now in the comfort of her own private studio, Shirley customizes treatments to each client's individual needs and can promote relaxation with Swedish and hot bamboo therapy, or access lower-layer aches with deep-tissue or trigger-point pressure. Clients may also request the studio's signature Ultimate massage, which blends oils with rolling, kneading, and percussive strokes to ease tension.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.