At Acuity Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, licensed massage therapists help others attain relaxation. During a Swedish massage session, nimble fingers use varying pressures and rhythmic strokes to relieve stress, ease muscular tension, and exorcize tension accrued in high-stakes yodeling contests. Swedish massage is also known to encourage serotonin and dopamine production in the brain and may ameliorate depression and chronic-fatigue syndrome. During the therapeutic session, a licensed therapist applies Swedish relaxation techniques designed to relieve soreness and increase muscle efficiency. A sleek waiting room with glass block windows, a sky-blue armchair, and a leather sofa welcomes guests, and potted plants lead deep-breathing exercises to begin the relaxation process.
La Spa’s glamour guru, Shannon, bolsters clients’ natural ocular bounty with eyelash extensions, utilizing her professional training and certification from Xtreme Lash and high-quality Xtreme Lash products. A set of basic Xtreme Lash eyelash extensions draws attention to peepers, creating a sultry doe-eyed effect and sending lips into pouting overdrive in a desperate bid for attention. One at a time, Shannon applies 40 lash extensions to each eye, using a flexible, waterproof adhesive that bonds the faux lash to the real deal. In about an hour, eye curtains appear thicker, darker, and longer, eliminating the need for mascara. The lush, fan-like effect lasts for up to a month and a half, since the extensions last until the eyelashes they’re affixed to finally fall out and ride the breeze to fertile ground, where they will grow into wild eyelash willows.
As an Aveda salon, Bernice at Betton serves clients with naturally derived products and a well-trained staff. Smooth, warm rocks lull backs into a dreamy torpor during the 75-minute Aveda hot-stone massage, allowing skilled massage therapists to quickly extract the stress and achiness muscles have been grasping in tightly locked jaws.
Casa Chiaro's aestheticians combine expertise with a myriad of mollycoddling services to keep cranial façades free of blemishes. Before services are administered, clients receive a personalized consultation with a skincare professional to discuss what they want from their skin, be it a clearer complexion or a chameleon-like ability to blend in with surroundings. Set aside some face time for one of the seven treatments offered in this Groupon, including an LED therapy treatment (a $100+ value), microcurrent treatment (a $100 value), a PowerDerm microdermabrasion (a $100 value), a chemical peel (a $80+ value), or an anti-aging, acne-fighting, or deep-cleansing facial (a $65+ value). Equipped with results from the detailed skin analysis, Casa Chiaro’s epidermal experts then tailor a treatment plan for clients to take home, helping to maintain an outer shell smoother than an alien baby's exoskeleton.
At Your Ultimate Massage, owner and senior massage therapist Barbara Riche uses her more than 22 years of stress-abating experience to oversee a staff of licensed therapists and guide them towards the path of muscle-mollycoddling mastery. The 60-minute Swedish massage begins with a personalized consultation, allowing the relaxation guru to zero in on specific areas of discomfort. Employing long, broad strokes and a combination of essential oils, the therapist then goes to work on the beleaguered back, triggering circulation, alleviating aches, and forcing tension to melt as fast as a beach ball made of butter. While being treated, clients can sink into supportive pillows that offer cushiony comfort and relationship advice, emerging an hour later with reduced stress, a stimulated nervous system, and a heightened sense of mind-and-body balance.
Before Thomasena Keith uncovered her passion for massage therapy, she was a secondary schoolteacher struggling to help teenage mothers balance education and motherhood. In 1984, she made a life-changing discovery at a yoga class, where she met a licensed massage therapist who specialized in infant massage. Thomasena asked her to teach some techniques to her students and eventually incorporated infant massage into her curriculum. Not satisfied to stand on the sidelines of this field, she enrolled in a training class taught by Vimala McClure—one of the first therapists to introduce infant massage—and went on to earn full certification from the Florida School of Massage in Gainesville.
Ten years later, Governor Lawton Chiles appointed Thomasena to the Florida Board of Massage for two terms. In addition to facilitating numerous presentations and workshops, she has also worked with Al Drake, a licensed massage therapist who came to Tallahassee in 1946 to knead Governor Fuller Warren's venerable muscles. Today, Thomasena is retired from teaching after 30 years of dedicated service, though she's filled the gap by becoming the first massage instructor at the Lively Technical Center. When she isn't instructing her students or teaching couples-massage classes, she cossets her clients with reflexology, hot-stone, and Hawaiian therapeutic massage techniques.