The myriad scents of flowers and fruits inside Una Donna Piú might convince visitors that they're wandering through one of the spa's Mediterranean locations. Just as they do in Rome, Paris, Madrid, and Caracas, available treatments draw from nature's alluring fragrances and vitamins, utilizing European products to award guests a hiatus from stress.
Hair artists—whose complimentary consultations and customized cuts helped the salon earn the 2012 Readers' Choice Award for Best Hair Service in Orlando Style magazine—clip away and recolor hair at their stations. During texture treatments, they can enhance volume or work fruit-based straighteners through curly hair that refuse to relax after wearing a propeller beanie upside down. Nail treatments address cuticle care and beyond with seasonal services, such as a papaya-honey mask, exfoliating scrubs, and aromatherapy massage. Warm sips of "Erbe de Frutti" tea lull the senses following facial or waxing appointments, and makeup applications serve to accent features.
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.
Exhale Body Care’s purifying services work on two levels: They draw out toxins hidden beneath the skin using steam sauna treatments and body wraps, and they care for the body's surface with natural and organic products. The locally and woman-owned business also pampers clients with massages and facials, among other services, administered by a fully licensed and insured staff.
Signature Service: Oxygen Lift Treatment
Brands Used: Image Skincare, Aura Cacia organic essential oils, and Biotone
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: For healthy skin, drink plenty of water, eat lots of veggies, and laugh every day.
Sometimes the little things make all the difference. Do you bake any supplementary services into your main services?
All treatments include complimentary aromatherapy and hot towels. Facial clients also can choose from a hand and arm massage, foot reflexology, and scalp massage. Massage clients will feel the soothing heat of a moist heat pack to loosen tight back muscles.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
I love the energy of stones, crystals, and minerals. I have a set of quartz crystal singing bowls that I will sometimes play during a service. It is like a massage at the cellular level. It brings a meditative element into each service, which further enhances pain relief, stress reduction, and rejuvenation.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a client?
Just last week, I had a first-time client call the morning after her service because she could not wait until her next appointment to tell me how amazing she felt.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I believe that the better we care for ourselves, the more we have to give to our family, friends, and community. Allow me to guide you down the path toward a happier and healthier body, mind, and spirit.
Board-certified registered nurse practitioner Sandy Hutnick heads up the team of licensed aestheticians at 180medspa, where specialists pay close attention to every detail of the aesthetic treatments they administer. At locations in Winter Park and Boca Raton, Hutnick and her staff break up fat cells and rejuvenate skin using Lipo-Light therapy, facials, and other services. They specialize in fractional skin resurfacing, using laser technology to diminish scars, wrinkles, and blemishes, leaving smoother skin with an even tone. The team can also use the MedLite C6 laser to erase unfortunate tattoos, sending them back to the vault beneath Walt Disney's mansion where all bad illustrations originate. Laser hair removal, spider-vein therapy, and Botox injections round out the med spa's extensive catalog of beauty enhancement treatments.