The highly trained hands at Puttin' on the Ritz… Island Style Salon and Spa pep up pores with rejuvenating paraffin facials. Instead of bedding down each night on a loofah pillow, visitors relax over 45 minutes as aestheticians purify each inch of their facial landscape with a customized blend of Repêchage skin-care products. A paraffin mask exfoliates as it moisturizes, and a final 20-step massage boosts circulation in the head, neck, hands, and feet while releasing stress from its sinewy fortress. Puttin’ on the Ritz's waiting room welcomes guests with beverages to hydrate them inside and out, and clients can request both early-morning and late-evening appointments to accommodate busy schedules. Beach balls, sunhats, and other Caribbean décor brighten the eye-popping pastel walls of the salon and private facial room like Christmas lights wrapped around an Easter Bunny.
At Venice Health and Wellness—headed by Doctor of Chiropractic David Allen—the team treats aches and ailments with gentle spinal manipulation and massage. Whether the patient is suffering from whiplash due to an auto accident or a strained back after a limbo tournament, the practitioners here draw upon years of experience to recommend the proper rehab protocol. Additionally, this clinic offers body-contouring services using the i-Lipo laser system. This noninvasive device whittles away at fat deposits without the risks of surgery.
Back In Balance Healing Arts uses gentle touch and high-tech lasers to subdue muscular tension and soothe back pain. The firm but yielding pressure of Swedish, deep-tissue, or sports massage helps break up the knots and pressure points that ignite lower back pain. For a more modern approach, the center uses deep tissue laser therapy help to calm inflammation through super-focused beams of light.
Director Ginny East's illustrious dance career has taken her around the country, from the Manhattan studios where she trained to schools and companies in Boston, St. Louis, and New York where she's taught and worked as a choreographer. Now she leads a team of lifelong dance lovers at ReFlex Arts in Sarasota, where she also co-directed the successful Flex Dance Studios for nearly two decades. It was while working at this latter location that, out of a belief that a studio should put just as much thought into its children's classes as its adult classes, she began developing her own youth-dance curriculum, known today as Kiddance. Like someone who was sent a link to a video of pandas rollerblading, the idea clicked: East soon began selling her syllabus to teachers from across the country, along with accompanying training videos and CDs. But even as kids' classes remain a focus for East—the Children's Dance Center teaches students ages two to eight basic dance skills and proper studio etiquette—she's found a way to incorporate into the center her additional expertise as a certified yoga instructor. Packed with exercises performed on suspended strips of cloth, the center's aerial yoga classes help students develop the gracefulness they need to execute a pirouette or climb a ladder on a unicycle. Since all the activities at ReFlex Arts involve developing the capabilities of the body, it makes sense that the center would also help visitors unwind with massage and body treatments. Services draw on techniques from around the world, from the popular gliding strokes of Swedish massage to the ancient Japanese healing motions of reiki.
Inside BeWell Salon, guests find a massive menu of aesthetic services backed by the expertise of a multitalented staff specializing in everything from chip-free manicures to permanent makeup. Stylists revamp locks with precision haircuts, Schwarzkopf color, and non-resin-bonded I-Tip hair extensions, and trained aestheticians utilize the BioGenesis system to revitalize dull complexions with gentle, crystal-free microdermabrasion treatments. They also wield azulene cream wax to quickly strip away unwanted fuzz without agitating sensitive skin and perform seven different Yon-Ka facials, each designed to target specific skin concerns ranging from acne to clown makeup that won't wash off.
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"I am fascinated with the way muscles work and move," says Renew U Massage & Skincare owner Katanya Taite, citing one of the reasons she became a licensed massage therapist. A sincere interest in helping people feel and live better is another reason: "Life is filled with so much responsibility, people don't take enough time to focus on themselves."
The escapist element is apparent from the moment clients enter into her elegant gold and earth-toned bodywork enclave, where the sounds of flowing water and ocean waves engulf senses in serenity. Organic and vegan oils and serums add an eco-conscious element to all services including massages—which Katanya customizes to each client's particular aches and pains—and slimming body wraps designed to tighten and tone hard-to-trim areas. Also a licensed aesthetician, she customizes facials as well, beginning with an in-depth skin analysis before moving on to tailored treatments that include special formulations for men's skin, teen skin, and sensitive bearskin rugs.