Without spas, terrycloth bathrobes would have to make ends meet by taking part-time jobs as car-wash rags and Muppets. Help keep bathwear gainfully employed with today's Groupon to Studio Spa Garden of Healing in Winter Park. Choose between the following options:
- For $40, you get a Whole 9 yards Dermalogica facial (an $80 value).
- For $49, you get a 60-minute deep-tissue massage with fire cupping (a $110 value).
The licensed technicians at Studio Spa Garden of Healing blend spa facials and massages with Chinese medicinal practices to reinvigorate visages and relieve aching muscles. Whole 9 yards facials begin with an epidermal analysis, enabling therapists to customize treatments to the skin's needs and Rorschach results. Next, a multivitamin cleanser gently exfoliates human emoticons before an extraction solution minimizes pores. Once visages have been rendered dirt-free, a mask teeming with botanical extracts keeps cheeks pinch-worthy and an eye contour cream and soft mist hydrate face coverings. Finally, a dollop of moisturizer and UV protection lock in hydration and protect skin from the sun or an accidental nap in a microwave. Alternatively, a one-hour deep-tissue massage kneads tense muscles with pressurized strokes, relieving deep-seated pains and turning unused body carbon into diamonds. After the massage, body technicians caress muscles with heated suction cups that boost circulation and prevent fluids from coagulating.
The Massage Spa of Winter Park
Along with her partner, Arturo Diaz, Paola Salamanca decided to open The Massage Spa of Winter Park 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.