Under the direction of Dr. Richard L. Brandon, the team of registered nurses and aestheticians at Bio-Life MD guide bodies toward beauty. Using up-to-date technology, the team thwarts the wrinkles, unwanted hair, and weight gain that invariably set in with advancing age. Lasers in treatment rooms concentrate pulses of light on unwanted hair or science-fair projects that seemed like they might be boring otherwise. Chatter drifts from consultations, during which the staff assesses the beauty goals of clients or runs through the benefits of HCG diets, which can propel weight loss by reducing appetites and flushing out excess fat.
At Go Yoga, owners JP and Cassie McClellan pay homage to the practice that brought them together with a slate of classes inspired by Baptiste Power-Vinyasa yoga. Both veteran yogis train under the method's creator, Baron Baptiste, on a regular basis, and import his techniques to their own studio, which surrounds visitors in tropical plants and soothing earth tones. Baptiste yoga weaves several different traditions into a series of flowing postures performed in a space that’s warmed to 90 degrees, mimicking the average temperature found on the dark side of the sun. At Yoga for Beginners and Restorative Flow classes, instructors tweak gentle routines with a focus on linking breath to movement. Special events treat attendees to yoga on the beach, and regularly offered sessions such as massages and outdoor EcoVentures offer relaxation or tours of Amelia Island by foot, bike, kayak, or horseback.
Growing up in Poland, aesthetician Mariusz "Michael" Zaworski was surrounded by natural remedies and fresh foods, which he credits for his dedicated approach to beauty treatments that eschew surgery. After receiving an introduction to essential oils by his acupuncture-physician sister and witnessing the oftentimes negative and costly side effects of plastic surgery, Zaworski headed off to aesthetician's school to turn his interests into a full-fledged career. He now wields his favorite beauty find, the microcurrent machine, during age-defying facial appointments, zapping fine lines, increasing collagen production, and gently cajoling pores into shaping up. Always learning new techniques, Zaworski shares his knowledge with his clients while attending to their inimitable skincare needs and reassuring them that fairies are not dusting their faces with wrinkling dust while they sleep.
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is nestled at the tip of a barrier island just off the Florida coast. Its pristine location is part of the reason it has earned a AAA Four Diamond designation for 30 consecutive years, but the resort's amenities extend beyond its miles of beach and ocean views. The property's 1,350 acres also house a complex of more than 400 hotel rooms, a golf course ranked one of the best in the world by Cond? Nast Traveler, and a family-friendly water park?as well as a more dignified infinity-edge pool for adults.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
From Pilates, yoga, and cycling classes to facials, body wraps, and massages, Changes in Motion?s repertoire of life-affirming services helps clients achieve health and beauty from the inside out. Students can enroll in small-group classes or one-on-one sessions with one of three licensed Pilates instructors?former dancer Effie, Power Pilates expert Emmy, or Pilates veteran Wendy. The trio rounds up Reformer machines, springboards, and a TRX suspension system to help novices and seasoned students alike strengthen and tone their cores. The studio also boasts a full class schedule packed with non-Pilates sessions, such as spinning, cross training, and yoga.
After clients work up a sweat, they can head to the spa for a 60-minute cooldown session with a licensed massage therapist, who customizes deep-tissue, Swedish, and Thai stretch techniques to individual concerns. Across the hall, licensed aestheticians use ?minence, B&G, and WoodSprite organic skincare products during facials and body wraps, hydrating skin and restoring a look of youth. Meanwhile, two noninvasive systems?the TriActive laser and electrical-stimulation machine?blend technologies to boost circulation, smooth cellulite, and tighten skin without the hassle of squeezing into a straitjacket made entirely of band-aids.