Still Waters Day & Medical Spa, supervised by Dr. Jack Kotlarz, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, specializes in bolstering beauty with lasers and other forms of advanced technology while still pampering those looking for a traditional spa experience. VelaShape anticellulite treatments shed dimples without invasive surgery or witchcraft, Isolaz PPX laser from Solta helps minimize pores and reduce inflammatory skin, and the Apogee Elite laser system frees clients from unwanted body fuzz with laser hair removal. Cosmetic injections and facial fillers pair with traditional aroma-infused spa soaks, facials, and massages. Every spa service includes a plush robe and slippers and begins with a warm footbath infused with fragrant herbs and essential oils.
Cheveux Hair Salon's nail-detailing doyen, Melissa Goepfrich, pampers and revitalizes fingers and toes with a six-part spa mani-pedi. The process begins with an aromatherapy soak, which soothes nails' nightmares of being nibbled and supplants fears with dreams of looking lacquered. Then a cuticle conditioning and exfoliating scrub evicts impurities and buffs finger and toe façades to a dazzling sparkle. Hot towels envelope extremities in a terry-cloth embrace, releasing them just in time for a deep massage to ease away the daily stresses of work and high-pressure thumb wars. Finally, Goepfrich will awaken brush from bottle and grant nails three wishes in the form of an OPI base, color, and topcoat.
Carrying a wide selection of knickknacks, The Psychedelic Shack is the perfect place to pick up a gift or show an acquaintance what a gift you give to them might look like. Purses free up hands previously filled with spare change, pens, and miniature chihuahuas ($9.95–$19.95), while incense brings olfactory excellence to otherwise unremarkable rooms ($1.99–$65). Wind chimes are ideal for those who suspect the wind may be about to break its restraining order again ($12.95–$22.95). Meanwhile, desolate homes can find renewed life with flowing tapestries ($19.95–$24.95), fairy figurines ($10.95), and boxes ($9.95–$24.95). And the store’s selection of Zippo lighters enables easy fire production when flamethrowers have been forgotten at home ($19.95–$35.95).
In oak-studded pastures awash with climbing vines and vibrant flowers, a horse whinnies and a startled peacock flies off to find shelter in a tree's branches. For Marilyn Gibbs, it's just another day at the office—the licensed massage therapist opened her studio on a ranch in order to give her clients the kind of tranquility they can't find in the city. With 15 years of experience, Marilyn switches her modality of choice to suit the needs of each client: focused compression addresses chronic pain during deep-tissue massages, and fluid kneads with forearms and elbows comprise her Hawaiian-style Lomi Lomi treatment. She also practices pain-focused myoskeletal-alignment techniques (MAT) and myofascial release, which gradually unwinds contracted muscles and encourage them to stretch. With a G5 Cellutec massager, a complimentary add-on to each treatment, she can even help fade the telltale dimples of cellulite.
After a massage, Marilyn's clients often benefit from increased flexibility and less palpable aches. A complimentary 15–20 stop inside her far-infrared sauna following massages can enhance these effects, warming joints and reducing soreness caused by headaches, arthritis, and other ailments.
Marilyn Gibbs, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT MA25768/MM8508, AL#33)
Cuttin' Loose Salon is mere minutes from the rippling waters of the Gulf Coast and has been ranked one of Florida's top three salons for eight years running by Independent News. Golden-yellow walls and brick accents fill the space with bright charm as expert stylists use Matrix and Redken products to transform tresses with color, keratin treatments, and trendy cuts. Walk further back, and you'll step into the tranquil bodywork studio to encounter the salon's licensed massage therapist, Ann Sheppard, who has turned Pensacola's muscle frowns upside-down for nearly 10 years. She calls on the skills she learned at the Pensacola School of Massage Therapy and Health Careers and from training with a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine to both foster total relaxation and target pain stemming from injury or chronic conditions—she's treated everyone from pro athletes and coaches to expectant mothers and patients reeling from recent join-replacement surgery. Rather than sticking to one modality throughout her massage sessions, she calls on a number of techniques, picking and choosing her approach depending on what her clients require.
The iron curlicues and elegant lettering on the sign in front of Le Salon aren’t just decorative—without them, it’d be difficult to notice the salon there at all. Flowers bloom, palm trees lean, and flags flap around the neat brick-and-stucco bungalow, which blends right into a block of vintage wood houses. It’s equally homey inside, where a family of four stylists snips and lathers as women, men, and children sit before old-fashioned vanity tables, sink into a paisley sofa, or stretch out on the gleaming wood floor. The stylists are happy to share the secrets to getting the most out of their wide lineup of Redken products, and they will gladly special order anything they don’t have so clients can take home the latest in smoothing treatments or bottled hair.