Sea-renity Spa a peaceful place
SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
Amanda Escobio sits in her spa on
Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.
Napa Valley, Calif., is one of the country's most beautiful regions. It has rolling hills, vineyards, barrels of wine, but it doesn't have white sandy beaches and aquamarine water, the one thing Amanda Escobio missed the most.
Originally from Tampa, Amanda Escobio enjoyed Anna Maria's beaches frequently, something she never forgot during the 10 years she lived in California. Naturally, when it was time to move back to the East Coast she knew exactly where she was headed to establish her new massage therapy business.
Before relocating to California, Escobio attended the Florida School of Massage after receiving her bachelor of science in advertising and marketing from the University of Florida. She also has advanced training in deep tissue massage, pregnancy message and reflexology. In addition, the experience she gained from owning and operating a day spa with 10 therapists in historic Napa has now been imported to Anna Maria Island.
Escobio started on Anna Maria with the only beach massage on the Island in a private tiki hut across from the Silver Surf Resort in Bradenton Beach. She also extended her wellness program to yoga classes on the beach twice a week in Anna Maria on the beach near the Sandbar restaurant.
To compliment the beach massage and beach yoga, she has now opened a spa on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach, which will also be offering esthetician services, pedicures and retail products, in addition to single and couples massage.
The pedicures will be a new process called Red Dragon utilizing steam, instead of soaking, which is more sanitary and environmental friendly. The self care products she is offering are all natural balms, liniments and cosmetics. Randy James Cosmetics, a natural mineral line of cosmetics created by Randy James LaBrecque will be available.
In December, Sarasota Magazine in its annual visitors edition, named Island Wellness's tiki hut massage as one of the 21 new things to do in the area. It came in number 10 on the list and was the only business on Anna Maria Island highlighted.
Escobio's concept for Island Wellness at Sea-renity Spa is to provide a soothing and peaceful place to promote health and wellness with a menu of services ranging from chair massage to full body wraps. The new spa will be able to accommodate spa parties of four to eight people, but if you just need a quick tune-up try the massaging recliner for an instant mini massage.
On Friday, Aug. 26, Island Wellness at Sea-renity Spa will have its official ribbon cutting at the Bridge Street location at 11:30 a.m. and an all day open house till 7:30 p.m. Stop in for a glass of wine and a snack, say hi to Escobio and her staff and check out the awesome decorative door purchased at the artsHOP auction.
Escobio is happy to be back on the beach and is ready to teach you the benefits of massage therapy and natural products that will enhance your life, as she says, "It's not just crystals and incense."
at Sea-renity Spa
112 Bridge Street
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Daily and by appointment
Massage on the Beach
at Silver Surf Resort
301 Gulf Drive
Daily by appointment
Yoga classes on the beach
across from Anna Maria City Hall near the Sandbar restaurant
8:30 a.m. Sunday and Wednesdays – offered by donation