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.
Licensed massage therapists Marielle Shoffstall and Vincent Cicchetti join forces under the guise of Therapy Touch Massage, where they focus on treatments that assuage stress and reduce pain. Their soothing repertoire includes a signature custom massage, gentle Swedish strokes, and a more intense deep-tissue massage that targets buried aches. They also relieve mommies-to-be with prenatal treatments, which work to alleviate common maternity issues such as stiff necks, back pain, and the inability to hula-hoop. A variety of Spaaahh Therapies can enhance each treatment with pressure-point reflexology or hot-stone-and-bamboo fusion.
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.
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.
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.
Tamera P. Larson pummels the roots of pain and stress with articulated massage techniques. The 60-minute therapeutic massage meddles in muscles’ business using advanced methods, helping to activate self-healing by addressing pain, chronic health issues, and discomfort from arm wrestling easy chairs. Alternately, flat heated stones placed on key points of the body soothe during the one-hour hot-stone massage, where warmth emanates throughout the back as focused kneading paves the path for heat to traverse. Customers unwind as the experienced tension-tamer unties pesky kinks and knots, employing blissful bodywork in an attempt to alleviate aches, improve circulation, and usher relaxation toward the spine’s reserved orchestra seats.