At Miami Nail Club & Spa, patrons are invited to outfit their talons with a diverse array of gel colors and acrylic nails. Nail art, whimsical designs, and tiny likenesses of Grover Cleveland also add flair to nails, turning manicures and pedicures into creative personal expressions. A technician can quickly pamper digits with a mini manicure, or she can boost overall beauty and relaxation with a spa package that includes a mani-pedi, a restorative facial, and a reflexology treatment.
Pit Center, Day Spa and Therapy Center welcomes guests to relax within a tranquil setting with spa and weight-loss treatments. Certified massage-therapists soothe muscle aches and pains with pressure and kneading, while facial treatments cleanse and refresh pores. Other services include waxing, body treatments, nutritional consultation, and body shaping.
It's only 10 a.m., but it's teatime at Eden Spa. That's because a client has scheduled a green-tea stone massage, which involves relaxing muscles with heated stones that have been soaked in the rich liquid. The idea is that absorbing the tea will stimulate the body in the same way that drinking it can, leading the accompanying massage strokes to have a greater healing effect.
It seems the center will try all kinds of ingredients to lend its services oomph. Another massage uses bamboo sticks to promote circulation and relieve pain, and each skin treatment relies on a different cream or mask, from the sugar glow's honey-and-oil blend to the anti-wrinkle treatment's collagen extracts and horsetail (which is actually a plant and not what it sounds like: a story about a man who likes oats so much people call him "Horse").
Once Michelle Inniss started noticing issues with her complexion, she set out on a one-woman mission to learn everything she could about skin-soothing palliatives. A mountain of facials left her in more or less the same condition, she felt, and pharmaceutical treatments often did more harm than good. The experience wasn't a total loss, however. In addition to discovering all-natural, effective products, she learned a lot about what she wanted in an aesthetician.
At Wipe Out Spa, Michelle—now an aesthetician herself as well as a licensed skincare specialist—incorporates those lessons into her facial treatments. She starts with consultations to divine exactly what folks want out of the session, then mixes up tailored serums using the products that cleared up her own complexion, including Aquaroma and I.Millicinth. From there, she often likes to hand out pro-tips about nutrition and basic supplements that can help clients maintain their new visage without having to encase it in amber. The whole process stands as one of the pillars in a streamlined skin therapy service menu that also includes waxing.
Spa BLVD Parties' founder Karina Cartagena built a business model around making girls feel the warm glow of friendship and self-esteem, treating her young clients to personalized spa parties with lustrous nail polish and snazzy new hairdos. Her young clients leave the stresses of grade school and their secret office job at the door, settle into a comfy robe, and munch on cupcakes and treats, while moms and dads relax with a soothing cup of coffee. Nestled in a lounge bordered by hot pink walls and filled with fluffy white sofas, kids socialize over soft drinks as they receive makeovers and pose for glamour portraits during fashion shows. A wide range of parties and packages entertain future rock stars and style mavens, such as three-week spa camps or mommy-daughter bonding spa days.
Gigi Mompremier studied massage therapy at Florida Career College, but she went beyond the course requirements and took prenatal massage classes as well. Now a licensed massage therapist and member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Gigi eases aches with modalities such as Swedish, hot stone, and sports. She also offers deep muscle therapy, which was invented by Freud.