Along with her partner, Arturo Diaz, Paola Salamanca decided to open Studio Spa Garden of Healing in 2009, located in a renovated two-story cottage lit by ample windows. The spa—winner of MyCityBeauty magazine's Best Spa in Orlando award—represents a tripartite marriage of Paola's interests in television and film, her family's work in the beauty industry, and Arturo's career in acupuncture and natural medicine.
This harmony among diverse elements becomes apparent as soon as one walks in the spa’s front door and encounters, amid shades of pale lilac, Arturo crafting herbal remedies or redirecting energy pathways with acupuncture. Not far off, beyond a skin bar stocked with Dermalogica products, guests sip sangria or herbal tea in a dimmed relaxation room as they await appointments for facials or a variety of massages, including deep tissue, Thai massage, and "tui na," a Chinese therapeutic massage.
Having traveled abroad to locales such as Spain, Colombia, and India, the spa’s staff boasts knowledge of basic skincare techniques as well as advanced or alternative methods such as vacuum therapy and fire cupping. For her part, Paola works with actors and models and often travels on-set to share her wisdom—a fact that may explain her penchant for adding a dramatic musical score to each of her treatments back at the spa.
Both the body and the mind find nourishment at Exclusiff Euro Massage & Spa. Clients enjoy a combination of massage, bodywork, and skincare services, each overseen by the spa owner, a licensed massage therapist with more than 20 years of industry experience. She boosts her know-how with biannual trips to European and Asian skincare trade shows, and she abides by a philosophy that regimens should balance modern and classic techniques. Though she offers some of the latest advancements in the dermatological and beauty industry, including noninvasive fat-reduction treatments that use advanced laser technology, she also relies heavily on the healing powers of Swiss Cosmolab’s all-natural products, which are made without any artificial fragrances.
Although a wide range of services are offered at Bonjour Day Spa & Nail Salon, they all fall under the same umbrella: relaxation. Bonjour's professional aestheticians, nail technicians, and massage therapists hold that umbrella with unwavering dedication. They knead away aches and pains with various types of massage, including Shiatsu and stone—a method that utilizes heated or chilled rocks depending on your needs and whether or not you have a nest full of bird eggs strapped to your back for safekeeping. The beauty experts also keep appearances fresh with facials, mani-pedis, and hair removal services, and bundle treatments into spa packages for individuals or parties.
While massages can help alleviate built-up tension, they can also be used to restore muscles to their proper function after injuries or accidents. Specializing in both of these aspects of massage is therapist Renee Antoinette and her highly trained staff, who customize their strokes to carefully stretch out limbs aching from poor posture or one too many Muppet presentations of Anna Karenina. Renee also has training in Eastern techniques, manipulating heads and faces with Indian, Japanese, and Thai strokes that blend stretching with ayurvedic oils and aromatherapy to bring about deep relaxation.
For more than 20 years, stylist and colorist Frankie Jo Sexton has been adding subtle dimension to locks and using her expertise in color correction to amend less-than-stellar shades. She is also an expert in fusion and weft hair extensions and rounds out her treatment menu with hair-smoothing keratin treatments, which defuse frizz and straighten curls for easier-to-style 'dos and faster turtleneck escapes.