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").
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.
At Blue Waters Holistic Center, licensed massage therapists and holistic health savants reinvigorate beleaguered bodies within private treatment rooms. Therapists incorporate nourishing clay masks and exfoliating salt scrubs into many treatments to infuse skin with the radiance of an octogenarian’s birthday cake. The spa draws upon products by Éminence, Thalgo, and d’vine due to their organic extracts, and also relies upon cutting-edge equipment such as infrared saunas and electromagnetic stimulation to alleviate muscle pain and mental stress.
Through the concentrated use of infrared light, LA Tans & Aesthetic Center helps clients reach their health apex through internal cleansing treatments. Take a seat in the sauna, a steam-free booth filled with infrared heaters waiting to saturate the skin in radiance as powerful as the sun's, minus the damaging ultraviolet rays and obnoxious ego. The infrared heat targets fat cells, lifts them head over heels, and shakes their pockets loose of contaminants in the form of perspiration. Infrared sessions are thought to increase circulation and stimulate tissues, which may be useful for treating arthritis or limbering up for a strenuous jazz-hands performance.
At her colorful North Miami office, licensed chiropractor Dr. Yolaris Garcia takes a natural approach to treating her clients' underlying health issues. These methods include nutritional counseling, six styles of massage therapy, and traction therapy using a Triton decompression table, which relieves lower back pain caused by herniated discs and wearing overstuffed fanny packs. Through these services, clients can begin to feel relief from chronic body aches and unexpected injuries.
Erika Conde knows it's all in the details. As the owner of The Royal Treatment Nailbar & Spa, she meticulously decorates nails with artwork during services that range from Chanel-inspired pedicures to gel manicures featuring hearts, stripes, and crystals. The details don't end with digits, though. The spa's services also include laser teeth-whitening treatments and airbrush-makeup applications. If clients want to subtly accentuate their eyes, Erika and her staff can tint lashes or brows, or apply mink or silk lash extensions.