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.
Most Popular Service: Massage therapy
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
People go to spas to forget about the outside world. How does your decor help create an atmosphere where visitors can unwind?
[We have a] professional setting and relaxing atmosphere.
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
I believe our mental state is deeply connected to our physical well-being. What I enjoy most is seeing clients leave my office with a smile, either from stress relief or pain relief. I feel like it's my small contribution in making the world a happier place.
Katie Emily spent years as a legal assistant and real-estate agent before opting for a more hands-on career as the owner of Katie's Salon. Today, she works closely with a staff of stylists and nail technicians to give women, men, and kids updated takes on classic styles. As clients step into the full-service salon, which also offers hair, nails, massage, facials, and tanning services, they'll be greeted with a glass of wine, soda, or coffee to sip while they wait.
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.