By Carla Selby.

We all know that when we look and feel great, it shows in everything we do. If you’re ready to feel and look your best this Holiday season, and you want to do so without breaking the bank, then you need to give Essentials Spa and Salon of Carrollwood a try! At Essentials Carrollwood you get to enjoy all the benefits and services of a high-end spa without the price tag. The moment you walk in, you can sense the calmness, and you’ll immediately start relaxing in a completely stress-free zone. 

From massages to facials, from makeup to hair, from manis to pedis and everything in between, Essentials of Carrollwood offers something for everybody at every budget. They have unbelievable deals, such as the “New Client Special,” in which new customers get either a 1-hour relaxation massage or a 1-hour European facial for only $30.00! 

Family-owned and operated, Essentials of Carrollwood has been offering amazing spa services at affordable prices since their opening on November 6, 2016. “We are all very excited to be celebrating our second year anniversary in just a matter of weeks,” says the owner, Candi LoPresti.

For Candi, treating every customer as she would like to be treated is a top priority.“We believe in being very hands-on and strive to provide you, our guest, with the same level of service and courtesy we would expect,” says LoPresti, who also believes that a luxurious spa treatment shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg. “I frequently laugh when I see advertisements for other, particularly ‘big box’ spas—their ‘sale’ prices don’t even beat our everyday prices! Why would folks go anywhere else?!”

“Essentials Massage & Facial Spa of Carrollwood never disappoints,” says frequent customer Marcia P. “This place is pristine, they provide THE BEST massages and facials, along with lots of smiles and great customer service. Oh, and the price is PERFECT for my wallet. I highly recommend it!”

Known as the ‘Home of Affordable Luxury,’ Essentials of Carrollwood’s primary goal is to provide an exceptional spa experience with excellent value so you can make regular visits and incorporate multiple services and treatments as a part of your self-care routine.

“Oh my goodness… I brought my husband with me here to have a couple’s massage. He’s a ‘manly man’ and truck driver, so it took some convincing on my part. Once he got on the table, he fell asleep and woke up with a big smile on his face. It is the best place for a couple’s massage!” says recent customer Anita. “I feel super relaxed, and my husband is still smiling! Thank you Essentials! I am coming back soon. You have won a customer life, maybe two! The husband will definitely come back as well!”

At Essentials of Carrollwood, all therapists and estheticians are licensed, experienced and genuinely committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction. “Our therapists and estheticians are second to none, very experienced and caring. Many of our massage therapists bring broad skill sets that enhance their understanding and abilities of the human body, such as medical backgrounds; and cross-modality training, such as yoga and several have been with us from the beginning,” says Candi. “Lana, our head esthetician, brings her training and experience as a trauma room nurse in Russia to her esthetic work and is a consummate professional. That medical expertise brings a complete understanding of her work. Our guests get the benefit of that experience because she truly understands the skin and the body on a different level. Whether you’re getting a European, Acne or Anti-aging facial, Microdermabrasion, Dermaplaning or Microneedling, you can be sure you are getting the best care and recommendations.”

Benefits of Massage

From easing muscle soreness after exercise to reducing stress, dozens of studies—stretching back several decades—have linked massage to real physical and psychological benefits. A recent study found that a 10-minute muscle massage after a workout could reduce soreness by 30%. A separate review study on massage found that levels of the stress hormone cortisol dropped 31% following a rubdown, while levels of feel-good hormones like dopamine and serotonin increased over 35%.

Incorporating regular massages into your lifestyle can definitely improve your well being, so why not give it a try? If you’re worried about the high costs, don’t. At Essentials of Carrollwood, they provide excellent massage services at the most affordable rates offered in the market today, allowing you to experience the benefit of massage at Essentials on a more frequent basis.

“My massage therapist was wonderful and kept just the right amount of pressure throughout the massage. She was thorough and focused on the areas that I requested. I enjoyed my massage and appreciated the conversation and professionalism of the therapist and the staff,” says recent customer Judith L. 

Fall In Love With Your Skin with Fantastic Facials

A facial is one of the best ways to take care of your skin. Facials can clean, exfoliate, replenish and nourish the skin, promoting a clear, well-hydrated complexion and can help your skin look younger. 

Most facials involve some massage which aids in blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. The facial massage also helps to relax facial muscles which can slow the onset of wrinkles on the face. 

Whatever your skin concern: acne, rosacea, anti-aging or prevention, Essentials of Carrollwood caring staff can help you achieve your goal. “Our pharmaceutical grade products were all carefully chosen for proven results. All products used and offered at Essentials of Carrollwood are made with pure and botanically based ingredients that have been clinically tested to provide unparalleled results,” says Candi.

Besides providing luxurious spa treatments; Massage, Facials, Body Wraps, and Waxing, Essentials of Carrollwood offers a full range of salon services provided by fashion-forward Hair Designers and Nail Technicians, as well as makeup applications, ranging from lessons to full makeovers for that special occasion; wedding, prom, sweet 16, quinceanera, etc. 

“At Essentials of Carrollwood, we share a passion and respect for the art of hair,” says Candi. “Our talented stylists deliver amazing cuts, the latest coloring techniques, texturizing and more. Every cut is customized with creative elegance to make you look and feel your best, and all consultations are FREE of charge!”

In addition to offering all the spectacular benefits of high-end spa and salon services (without the price tag!) Essentials of Carrollwood does not require membership fees or contracts. “When we say you can come and relax, we mean it. You’re not going to come in expecting total relaxation only to have someone pressure you about signing a contract,” says Candi. “These days we don’t even want a contract for our cell phones, why would we want one for our massage?”

If you happen to visit Essentials of Carrollwood for a multi-service or a Spa Day, you’ll be given a tote bag with a spa robe and slippers to change into. From there you’ll be cared for and pampered as it should be. 

If you’re looking for the perfect gift, Essentials of Carrollwood Spa Day Packages are a great idea, especially now that it’s gift-giving season! I know I would love one, who wouldn’t? Even my husband enjoys facials and massages, but don’t tell him I said so! 

Essentials Massage and Facials of Carrollwood is located at 11782 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618. For more information or to book an appointment online, please visit or call 813-533-7000.