The scents of eucalyptus, lavender, and sandalwood that linger in the air at The I Spa can be traced back to an essential-oil blending bar, where clients can customize their own relaxing fragrances. These fragrances eventually make their way into massages that cater to individual aches and pains with techniques drawn from 10 distinct modalities.
“Customization” seems to be the principle that unites and guides every treatment that takes place at The I Spa. This is evident not only in the massages, but in the skin analysis that precedes each facial, allowing the spa’s aestheticians to craft unique blends of products from Jan Marini and Eve Taylor.
Regardless of the treatment, it’s not difficult to relax amidst the spa’s tile walls, gauzy curtains, and tropical flowers. Each treatment room is equipped with a vacant iPod dock that allows clients to play their own self-recorded impersonations of Phil Collins cooing like a pigeon. After treatments, clients can enjoy access to the fitness center, salt-water lap pool, and outdoor terrace.
Founder of MD Skin Effects, Dr. Mona Mangat, saves the skin of her clients with the help of her teammate Karen Larson, a licensed skincare specialist of more than 20 years. The team's advanced medical aesthetic services can address beauty needs ranging from removing unwanted hair by laser to unclogging pores with peels and mini plungers. Beauty injections fight aging by reducing the appearance of fine lines using FDA-approved prescription serums, and microdermabrasion employs aluminum-oxide crystals to shed the skin’s top layer and spur the creation of more collagen.
Each of Imagine You New's (formerly Complexions Day Spa) skincare specialists brings at least 10 years of experience to the spa's treatment tables. Still, they refuse to rely solely on their own experience when crafting custom treatments for new clients. Every facial or waxing service begins with an informal consultation, during which the aestheticians select products designed for the client's individual skin type or condition. Their collection of such products is extensive; professional DermaQuest formulas exfoliate and cleanse pores during facial treatments, OPI polishes add a glossy sheen to nails, and Jane Iredale mineral makeups imbue cheeks with a radiant glow. Imagine You New's free WiFi gives guests the chance to show off their new look on a social-networking site or research why their body makes a mechanical hissing sound when pressed on during a deep-tissue massage.
Tranquility Wellness Spa's highly experienced staff provides both men and women with spa services that can soothe aching muscles and weathered cheeks. The express spa package, which includes four 30-minute spa services, begins with the lunch-break facial, a treatment that exfoliates, tones, and awakens hibernating, beautiful skin to reveal a veneer that shines brighter than a flashlight aimed at burning sparklers. To combat the wear and tear of physically demanding jobs, such as driving rickshaws barefoot and being a human tackling dummy, the neck, shoulder, and back massage can melt tense muscles into a pile of gooey muscle-cheese. Trusty technicians will lavish paws with a pampering during the manicure and pedicure treatments, where cuticles are softened and nails are shaped, clipped, filed, and buffed.
The Aveda Institutes are full-service beauty schools where esthiology students work under the supervision of licensed educators, using plant-derived, eco-friendly Aveda products to perform services such as hair styling, waxing, and massages. A haircut ($12–$18) and retouched hair color ($30–$40) chisel and paint a head into a pedestal-worthy work of art, and a relaxer ($68+) soothes strands as tight as a self-doubting horse moments before the Kentucky Derby. Whip skin into creaminess with a 60-minute facial ($40 during nonpeak hours, $60 during peak hours), de-bush brows ($10) and strip underarms ($20) with a waxing, or file, shape, and exfoliate fingers with a 60-minute spa service manicure ($15, $20 with polish change) and 75-minute pedicure ($20, $25 with polish change). Body-wrap treatments and massages ($40 during non-peak hours, $50 during peak hours ) melt away stress like a hot iron pressed against a synthetic-hair wig.
Palm Harbor Wellness Center & Cheek Powell Wellness Center offers the community a unique alternative to the standard health club. Incorporating physical fitness with wellness coaching allows clients to experience a total wellness transformation of the mind, body, and spirit. A staff of wellness coaches and personal trainers implement medically based exercise programs and oversee routines as guests pedal aboard cardio equipment, sweat through circuit-training stations, and heave free weights within the fully furnished gym. Each location also boasts more than 50 group fitness classes per week, during which experienced instructors lead groups through yoga poses, Zumba twirls, and kickboxing strikes. Before or after a workout, clients can choose from a variety of customized massages to help soothe or strengthen the body.