LAND O'LAKES — While Lori Ellis worked as a registered nurse in the 1990s, a lot of her colleagues studied skin care so they could assist doctors who conducted skin-related cosmetic procedures.
At first, she had no interest. But she decided to study it anyway. What she learned resulted in the business she started in 1999: Healing Touch Skin Care and Wellness Center.
"Our skin is our largest organ; it takes a lot of abuse," said Ellis, 54, who maintains her nursing license but is now a medical aesthetician.
The center's ultimate goal, Ellis said, is to facilitate balance in the lives of its clients.
"Mind, body, spirit," she said. "It's good to have all those components working together."
Ellis says her center's services can help a client achieve that. She and four massage therapists — one of whom is also an acupuncturist — plus professionals in crystal therapy, reflexology and permanent makeup, facilitate the process for clients of all kinds.
Some are teens; others are elderly. Some have dry or itchy skin, acne or rosacea; others have body aches, colds or flus. Ellis said she doesn't diagnose but the facility's services can help alleviate the discomfort some of those conditions might cause.
The center uses a noninvasive machine to stimulate the lymphatic system so it will drain toxins from the body, she said. Ellis practices an "energy healing" called reiki, and offers access to an infrared sauna, as well as services that include massage therapy, acupuncture and facials.
But the facials aren't all about beauty, Ellis said. Instead, they provide what she says all of her clients need: relaxation.
"Everybody's out there, going, going, going," Ellis said. "Everybody's stressed. They can get a facial or a massage, and totally get away."
Healing Touch provides downtime, Ellis said, and downtime is "part of promoting health and wellness."
Healing Touch Skin Care and Wellness Center is at 3016 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes. All services are provided by appointment. For more information, call (813) 909-7376 or visit healingtouchskincare.com.