The self-proclaimed "leader of the spa movement on Captiva" back in the late 1990's has brought her wealth of experience to Sanibel, with last week's grand opening of Amy Sbarra's Spatini Teabar, located in the Jerry's Market Shopping Center, her latest endeavor blending relaxing spa services with today's "on-the-go" clientele.
"I'm sort of an outside-the-box thinker," said Sbarra, who opened Captiva's first spa on Andy Rosse Lane back in 1998. "I've seen it all and done it all before, so before I started this business I asked myself, 'What could we do different? What can we offer that's both organic and eco-friendly as well as economic?'"
The idea Sbarra happened upon was a spa which offers "tini" services. That is, an abbreviated massage, facial and salon lineup of offerings that is faster — and less expensive — than what others in the industry are providing.
Looking at the Spatini menu of "tini" services, a 10-minute chair massage is priced at just $20. The same price applies for several other offerings, including a 10-minute "mani-tini" or "pedi-tini" (with your choice of nail polish), lip, eyebrow or chin waxing.
Spatini's "Amenity Package," which gives guests 20 minutes to enjoy the facility, automated massage and spa items along with complimentary wine, beer, hot or iced tea, is available for only $8.
According to Sbarra, who assisted in the opening of the spa at 'Tween Waters Inn in 2004 and at South Seas Island Resort in 2006, boasted the effectiveness and efficiency of an organic, oil-based scrub treatment used on both nails and skin. She also uses organic hair coloring and processing products that contain no ammonia or peroxide.
"I've been doing hair for almost 40 years, and I've used almost every product out there," reported Sherri Tamras, Spatini's lead cosmetologist. "The organic products we're using do not smell, they don't stain, they contain no dangerous chemicals and are better for the environment."
In addition to the "tini" services offered, Spatini offers several types of pampering massages, including Thai foot reflexology, aromatherapy, hot stone, lotus and "bamboosaj," a full body table massage applied with warm bamboo rods. They also offer a variety of facial and waxing services, hair styling, hair coloring, paraffin nail treatments and henna tattoos. Visit www.spatinisanibel.com for their complete menu of services.
"Some people thought that I was crazy to do something like this, but the reception so far has been phenomenal," Sbarra added.
For additional information, visit Spatini Teabar, located at 1700 Periwinkle Way, or call 472-8464.
Amy Sbarra stands in front of Spatini Teabar, a certified organic spa with offers massages, facials, hair, nail and additional pampering services.