There isn't much point in relaxing at a spa if the drive home is going to make you tense again. That's why South Florida Home Spa is completely mobile—their team journeys all over Fort Lauderdale to dole out soothing spa services and savory feasts. Massage therapists may travel to offices and administer 10-minute chair massages, or set up a massage table in a living room to perform customized, full-body therapy. They can even transform a couple's home into a romantic getaway, serving fresh fruit and champagne to pair with a soothing bubble bath before massaging couples side-by-side amid soft candlelight.
South Florida Home Spa also specializes in another form of therapy: food. Personal chefs step into home kitchens to cook multi-course feasts of such dishes as blackened salmon drizzled in a pineapple and cranberry alfredo. They'll even teach diners how to make the food for themselves so they don't have to subsist on pictures from the night as nourishment.
Although licensed massage therapist Merla Joseph tailors each session based on an initial consultation, she continues refining her approach throughout the entire appointment, adjusting pressure and technique based on how each client's body responds. This approach applies to every modality that Merla uses, including Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, and reflexology massage. She can also enhance sessions with foot treatments, aromatherapy, or by showering clients in $100 bills. Beyond massage, Merla's experience extends to facials, as well as detoxification therapy comprising a steam treatment and an ionic footbath.
As a welcoming gesture, Daymara Navarrete and her staff of licensed aestheticians press a cup of wine, tea, or coffee into the hands of arriving guests. The team fosters a familial bond with clients during services ranging from therapeutic wraps and massages to cuts, styles, and hair texturing. Each staff member offers experience in a particular area and hones his or her skills through continual training on new products, such as Gelish polish, or through wagers that they can get a bespectacled mannequin asked to prom. As they execute their pampering services, most of which call upon OPI products, staff members navigate between rows of pedicure chairs and black leather-backed salon chairs. Their busy hands release a symphony of soft sounds that reverberates off dark wood accents and sea-green walls as floral arrangements nod their colorful heads in time.
In Essential Escapes' 5,000 square feet of space dedicated primarily to massage, clients have room to stretch each muscle and suspend every last worry in the air before watching it dissolve into the aromatherapy-perfumed ether. The entire sprawling space is awash in soft music and tranquil hues, from the lobby to the private treatment rooms, where licensed massage therapists treat clients to traditional massages and more exotic bodywork including Thai herbal ball massage, which incorporates steamed bundles of medicinal herbs to relax muscles and meet clients' recommended daily allowance of bliss. A repertoire of skin treatments and body wraps features ingredients such as tropical fruits and volcanic ash to smooth and brighten the skin.
Nail services take the spotlight at Aurora Nail Spa where aestheticians wrap hands in warm towels, massage arms and feet, and polish nails with a kaleidoscope of colors. They also outfit digits with artificial acrylic, gel, silk, and minx nails. Eyelash extensions using Xtreme Lashes and massage treatments round out the spa’s indulgent offerings.
At Cool Waters Holistic Center, licensed colon hydrotherapist Alba Mejia helps clients restore health and efficiency of interior plumbing through cleansing colon hydrotherapy. In the wellness center, earth-toned walls and plush leather couches welcome guests and help ease trepidation before the procedure. The soothing atmosphere continues inside tranquil treatment rooms draped in soothing yellow tones and inspirational quotes from celebrity plungers. There, a gentle stream of warm, purified water flows through the body's wasteworks, flushing out hardened matter and stranded kayakers built up inside.