Don't be alarmed if The Healing Connection's massage therapist Ana Smyth doesn't use her hands. One of her specialties is ashiatsu massage, in which she manipulates tight muscles and targets pressure points using her bare feet. But just like a juggling marathon runner, Ana's equally adept at using her hands, which she employs during relaxing swedish or intense deep-tissue massages.
Even as a little girl, Tamara Baker kept herself busy inventing natural beauty remedies in her parent’s kitchen. When she grew up, she became a freelance makeup artist, creating designs for the Bozeman Opera Association. Later, she transitioned into the world of skincare, learning the ins and outs of aesthetics from dermatologists and plastic surgeons. Eventually, she went on to teach others the tricks of the trade at Florida College of Natural Health.
Today, from her second floor treatment room within Clix Salon and Spa, Baker relies on her more than 20 years of experience to help visitors battle blemishes and the signs of aging using a blend of organic and cosmeceutical treatments. Limited-edition facials naturally brighten complexions with seasonally themed creams and essential oils, and exfoliation treatments—ranging from chemical peels to dermaplaning—gently remove dead skin cells and rough patches. The seasoned aesthetician can also resurface skin using a Dermafile wand. Those suffering from fine lines can opt for the collagen-stimulating glow of a LightStim LED Light Therapy treatment.
To some, entering Blush Day Spa may feel more like wandering into a European castle. In the lobby, tufted armchairs huddle against an exposed-brick wall decorated with framed mirrors and paintings. Elsewhere, tasseled curtains lead out to a stone waterfall, soft yellow lamps and flowers sit next to cozy pedicure chairs, and massage tables lie side-by-side, strewn in rose petals and gold blankets near a vintage ebony credenza.
All that's not to say the spa is out of date. In fact, the service menu is decidedly modern, with treatments such as body contouring and anti-aging manicures with a glycolic peel. Their facials are particularly advanced, especially the LED photo rejuvenation and oxygen facials that both help brighten and even out skin tone. Even with all the technology, old-fashioned relaxation is still a priority, with a variety of massages available. This combination of results and relaxation led WESH-2 TV to deem Blush the area's Best Day Spa.
Doctor of Chiropractic Ken Ross and the team at Lake Mary Health & Wellness keep bodies in balance with an array of natural hands-on therapies, including spinal adjustments, massage, and physical therapy. They also tend to the aesthetic needs of their clients within their onsite beauty studio, Lake Mary Body Contouring. Here, the technicians firm and tighten faces and bodies without resorting to surgery. First, they hold an in-depth, one-on-one consultation with clients to determine how they'll custom tailor their treatments. They might opt for a face-lifting microcurrent facial, a skin-sloughing microdermabrasion, or a collagen-boosting and tightening ultrasound or radio-frequency facial. To tackle unwanted fat, they use ultrasonic fat-reduction treatments, which are designed to help clients lose weight without dieting excessively or pushing their car to work every morning. The technicians track each client's progress throughout their treatments, which are noninvasive and require no downtime.
Often spotted at local fashion shows, bridal expos, and other events, Hair Connoisseurs Salon & MediSpa's assorted stylists, aestheticians, and ache easers coddle bodies with services for hair, nails, and skin in a flower-filled lakefront facility. In the salon, nimble shears create new styles for men and women, perms and relaxers alter hair textures, and highlights and color treatments get head threads to shimmer without weaving a false ponytail from sunbeams. Gauzy fabric hangs from the ceiling of the private room where trained massage therapists aim to reduce stress with soft kneading, direct pressure, or aromatherapy oil blends. At stone-topped manicure stations, technicians beautify fingers and toes with acrylic, fiberglass, and silk wrap nails, which can be tapped on coral stone accent columns to summon the ghosts of dried-out polish bottles.
Dorothy, the experienced aesthetician behind Eternal Youth Skin Care, protects her clients from the dangers of invasive procedures and toxic products with her collection of holistic facials. Among options that clients would be hard-pressed to find on another spa’s menu, the laser-alternative facial combines BioLamp therapy with hyperbaric pressure that pushes minerals deep into the skin. In a similarly innovative vein, Dorothy’s Botox-alternative treatment starts with a light peel and enhances the effects of its ingredients with small electrical currents. Aside from these and other facial treatments, Dorothy heals skin and helps shoulders sprout their nascent wings with infrared body wraps and holistic energy work.