Escape Wellness Spa Recognized by Over 200 National News Outlets

Pensacola, FL, June 9, 2014Escape Wellness Spa and owner, Stephanie Knight were recently featured in over two hundred online media outlets including some of the nation’s most respected news websites. Such as Worth Magazine, The Miami Herald, The Boston Globe and many national media affiliates. Click on the picture below to view the Press Release announcing this news.







In the article, Escape Wellness Spa’s founder, Stephanie Knight, discusses some of the behind-the-scenes aspects of massage therapy. Knight discusses the various benefits of massage therapy. Aside from relaxation, she explains that massage therapy has been shown to provide relief from ailments such as migraines, depression, and anxiety. Massage therapy also releases endorphins, reduces muscle cramps and spasms, promotes tissue regeneration, increases immunity, prepares expectant mothers for labor, and more, Knight’s article explains.

Having worked with some of the best in the business, Stephanie Knight has been a licensed Pensacola massage therapist for fourteen years. “I love inspiring my clients to take better care of themselves, but I’m also here for them when they fall off track. We just start a new day and keep moving forward.” Offering a plethora of premium massage therapy services, Knight focuses on reducing pain, providing freedom of movement, and improving quality of life for her clients.

About Escape Wellness Spa

 Focused on improving body, mind and spirit, Escape Wellness Spa provides a relaxing environment. Voted both The Best of the Bay and The Best of the Coast, a first for any local spa, Escape Wellness Spa is known as the place-to-go for a great massage and the best spa for wellness.

Spa Owner Stephanie Knight Discusses The Benefits Of Massage Therapy

Stephanie Knight Escape Wellness Spa

Most of us associate spas with relaxation and rest, but have no idea how much work and careful planning goes on behind the scenes to make us feel that way. Stephanie Knight, owner of Escape Wellness Spa and winner of local contest, “Best of the Coast” seven years running, takes us for a rare tour backstage in the field of massage therapy. Knight has been a licensed massage therapist for nearly 14 years now. Those familiar with the business will recognize the masters of massage she studied with, including Myoskeletal Alignment with Erik Dalton, Orthopedic Massage with James Waslaski, Postural Alignment-Body Reading with Thomas Meyers, and Thai Yoga Bodywork with Michael Buck and Blakely Parent. She is also experienced in medical massage, sports massage, and prenatal massage. Knight worked at The Mane Event Salon and Day Spa for five years as an independent contractor before deciding to open Escape Wellness Spa.

There are so many wonderful benefits of massage therapy. In addition to providing relaxation, massage can help to alleviate lower back pain and improve range of motion. It eases medication dependence and enhances immunity by stimulating lymphatic flow. Massage helps to stretch tightened, contracted muscles and can help tone weakened or atrophied muscles.  It can also help athletes of any level prepare for and recover from strenuous workouts. It helps to improve the condition of the skin, increases joint mobility and reduces spasms and cramping. Treatment also lessens depression and anxiety, promotes tissue regeneration, improves circulation, relaxes and softens muscles, releases endorphins, relieves migraine pain, assists with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers,  shortens maternity hospital stays and improves sleep.


What motivates someone to choose massage therapy as a career option? Knight says, “I have always intuitively known the benefits of touch and how much people need it.” She was inspired by her own Physical Therapist, as she had to go through physical therapy after shoulder surgery when she was 15 years old. Knight waited tables for six years at Applebee’s while she was in high school and in college working toward becoming an Occupational Therapist. She put her degree on hold to go to Pensacola School of Massage and ended up falling in love with massage therapy.  It became her passion and career and she quickly built an overflowing clientele.

Knight’s claim to fame is her eclectic style of massage that combines a little bit of everything, which includes myoskeletal alignment (muscle-bone alignment), structural/postural alignment, myofacial release, orthopedic, medical, sports, prenatal, Swedish massage, and Thai Yoga bodywork (otherwise known as assisted yoga, which is involves a lot of stretching). She works with many different clients from all walks of life, and has learned to customize each treatment to fit their individual needs—whether they sit too much, play a lot of sports or anything in between. Knight says, “My philosophy is that massage should be a ‘hurt good,’ helping feeling, not a painful, unpleasant experience.” (Readers, if your massages ‘hurt bad’ we do recommend changing spas).

Massage therapy is one of the few careers where you can see a transformation in a person’s entire demeanor and you are thanked every hour.  People who come frustrated, stressed and aching, leave with a smile on their face, happy that they can move more freely with less pain and feel so relaxed. Knight says, “I love inspiring my clients to take better care of themselves, but I’m also here for them when they fall off track. We just start a new day and keep moving forward.”

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Tips for Preparation & Maintenance for Sunless Spray Tan

Preparation for Spray Tanning

Day Before

• Exfoliating with AmberSun Sea Coral Salt Scrub is recommended the day before receiving a sunless tan. Removing loose, dead, dry skin cells – which prevent even application of color and flake off quickly – will improve and extend color results. Use of salt scrub the day before also allows the natural oils to completely absorb into and hydrate the skin.

Day of Application

• Skin should be clean and dry. Bathing with Amber Sun Body Scrub or any of the Amber Sun Shower Gels will leave skin clean and pH balanced. Do not use bar soap – soap residue can interfere with tanning results.

• Do not apply deodorant, lotions or perfumes to the skin prior to spray tanning. We recommend shaving the day before application and to remove all make-up before the application process begins.

• Remove jewelry before being sprayed.

• Select an old, preferably dark bathing suit to wear while being sprayed. Also, remember to bring old dark colored, loose fitting clothing to wear home.

• For first time or regular customers, apply AmberSun pH Balancing Spray with Fruit Prime Extract over entire body to lower skin’s pH level. A balanced pH level along with skin prepped with a layer of Fruit Prime Extract results in a rich, natural brown color – reduced chance of any “orange” color.

• Apply ProBlend Barrier Cream to areas that tend to attract too much color during the spray-tan process such as cuticles, knees, elbows, palms, and soles of feet. Apply thin coat to tattoos to reduce spray’s effect and keep colors vibrant. Gently wipe off spray color from tattoos after application.

Maintenance of Spray Tan Color
We recommend after five weeks of spray tanning to let skin rest for 10 days. This allows you to completely loose your tan and eliminate patchiness or uneven areas of wear. These areas are caused by daily contact with clothing and other surfaces which cause additional exfoliation in these areas.

Healthy, moist skin will retain the results of your tanning session longer. Norvell’s sunless products are developed to create a color
that will please a majority of customers most of the time. The sunless spray process is not a flawless one and results will vary by individual.

To get the best results we suggest you use the following:
• Daily use of ProLong Tan Extending Lotion.
A daily moisturizer with natural bronzers to keep color vibrant and even.
• Amber Sun Shower Gel or Norvell Body Washes effectively clean without stripping skin of necessary natural oils and help to keep color longer.

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Father’s Day Specials

Father’s Day Specials at Escape!

Happy Father's Day BackgroundBuy Dad a gift certificate for:

One of our Signature Massages or

Let him enjoy a 60 or 90 minute Sports Massage or

Help buff & shine his skin with our Signature 60 minute Men’s Facial!

We are also offering a 30 minute foot massage for only $39!

Don’t forget about our BEST SELLING Escape Wellness Package featuring our 60 minute Signature Massage & our 60 minute Signature Facial for ONLY $139

Gift Certificates available in store or Online.