John Whitman is more than a licensed massage therapist. He's also a massage-therapist instructor, licensed to help other therapists hone their healing skills. Patrons can benefit from Whitman's expertise at Opulent Massage, where he relaxes and soothes muscles with modalities such as trigger-point therapy and deep-tissue massage. Clients can also opt for cellulite massages and face-lift massages that improve appearances, or for pampering treatments such as foot massages that incorporate a fragrant, exfoliating salt scrub.
A two-fold enterprise, La Dolce Vita Day Spa and Fashion Lounge combines a spa and art studio. Staff members lead spa goers from the waiting area's cushy seats to pedicure chairs, which roll and vibrate across knotted backs. In private treatment rooms, the spa's massage therapists show the chairs who’s boss with their arsenal of deep-tissue techniques, relaxing hot stones, and opposable thumbs. Aestheticians brighten complexions with European facials fortified by PCA Skin products, wax away unwanted fuzz, and enhance lash volume and length with extensions by Xtreme Lashes.
La Dolce Vita also makes an ideal gathering spot with its Bubbles N Brushes paint parties, where instructors guide novice artists through the steps of creating masterpieces.
Diamante Azul Day Spa & Salon?s owner Kathleen built a menu of services designed to help clients forget about their worries. She and her fellow massage therapists unravel knots, sometimes with the help of oils and heated stones, and even alleviate pain resulting from such medical conditions as fibromyalgia and migraines. Many clients choose to end their sessions with a soak in a jetted tub enhanced by aromatherapy.?
In another area of the spa, nail technicians massage hands and feet before prepping nails for an application of polish and optional artistic details, which can range from polka dots to seasonal, sugar-free candy canes. The full-service salon's beauty experts further spruce up clients with haircuts and color, facials, and spray tans.
You'll see Body-N-Balance's tidily uniformed spa therapists in their treatment rooms, of course. But if you're a guest at the Omni Hotel that holds the Body-N-Balance location, you might also see them just about anywhere on the grounds, greeting new arrivals and offering suggestions for nearby restaurants.
It's not a sign that the massage therapists are distracted from their work, however. Body-N-Balance founders Loyd and Monique Wellesley met in massage school, but their vision of service extends far beyond the treatment table. They aim to make guests, including couples, feel welcome and relaxed whether they're in town for a convention or just stopping by for a facial. To that end, they pay close attention not just to the massage strokes, but to the ambience and aromas surrounding their treatments. Those treatments often pamper the skin as well as the muscles, making for multisensory experiences that have won a lot of fans, such as Jessica Skropanic of Worldwide Spa Review who described the back scrub as, "heavenly!"
Within the soothing confines of Massage Central and Skincare Specialists, massage therapist Mary Dancer soothes sore muscles with a variety of modalities. Swedish massages employ flowing strokes, deep tissue massages target painful muscle knots, and hot stone massages use basalt stones to infuse the body with warmth. A licensed aesthetician, she can also preform facial treatments that compound the rejuvenation by removing dirt from pores and balancing the skin. After their treatments, patrons can leave her studio feeling relaxed, renewed, and ready to perform backflips all the way home.
To promote relaxation, the ambiance is just as important as the bodywork. That's why licensed massage therapist Stephanie Sellars set up her Pure Serenity Massage studio on scenic North Padre Island, only a stone's throw from the Gulf of Mexico. Waves can almost be heard beating against the sand as Stephanie relieves chronic tension with soothing Swedish strokes and deep-tissue pressure. Clients may request other massages as well, such as the Thai-yoga massage which takes patients through a series of yoga-like stretches utilizing Sellars hands, knees, legs, and feet.