With a diverse range of fitness backgrounds and specializations—from injury rehabilitation and prevention to martial-arts training—Metropolis Fitness & Spa’s staff of 15 instructors ensures a helpful match for nearly every client. The team leads more than 70 group fitness classes per week, including familiar favorites, such as yoga, Zumba, and spinning, and a few of their own inventions, including Video Dance Jam, which pushes exercises through fast-paced choreography. The ballet and jump-rope classes for kids help wee ones burn off extra energy without requiring you to construct a giant hamster wheel in your home.
In the main studio, a slew of cardio machines with built-in TVs and weight-training equipment awaits members, in addition to a room stocked with dangling punching bags and TRX bands. To recover from sweat sessions, guests can fuel up with healthful drinks and snacks at the juice bar.
Dasol takes the “med” part of med-spa seriously: it’s staffed by a team of board-certified cosmetic surgeons, registered nurses, and aestheticians. Inside a building that resembles a stately Southern villa, they turn to the latest aesthetic treatments to ward off wrinkles, dark spots, sagging skin, and other signs of aging or extended vacations to the sun. Time-tested spa treatments are coupled with products from SkinCeuticals and Obagi and advanced technology including the skin-firming eMatrix system, wrinkle-plumping dermal fillers, and the highly publicized HydraFacial.
Coiffure & Nature's team of environmentally conscious aestheticians uses organic products to pamper patrons without compromising the earth. Patrons opting for waxing treatments are defuzzed using wax crafted from plant resins and beeswax, which help prevent allergies, rashes, and the spontaneous growth of anatomical candles. Tame Bert-like brows with an eyebrow wax ($18 for women, $20 for men), or decrease facial drag by whisking away spare follicles from the upper lip ($8 women, $10 men). Full leg ($42 women, $45 men) and bikini line waxes ($30 women, $35 men) are also available for those prepping for a swim meet or a bipedal porpoise look-alike contest.
Winner of a Best of Citysearch award for mani-pedis in 2008, Silvianas European Spa Skin Care pampers patrons with a full menu of services wielding state-of-the-art technology. A 75-minute deep-cleansing facial jump starts the production of wrinkle-reducing collagen with a light massage and steam, then exfoliates the flaky outer layers of your visage to reveal skin as smooth as the cheesy heart of a warm stromboli. Guests opting for the 90-minute mani-pedi are treated to a special callus-removing compress to soften feet without filing, scraping, or invoking the restless spirits of dead featherbeds. Silvianas European Spa Skin Care owner and director Silva Haroutunian has ennobled epidermises with her healing touch across 20 years, two continents, and almost seven cross-town bus routes.
Curving lavender walls guide guests into Spa in the Grove's relaxation chamber, softly lit from below and shutting out the complications of modern life with the Zen simplicity of its décor. With long strokes, gentle stretches, and pressure-point techniques, massage therapists build up healing rhythms that coax muscles out of painful holding patterns. Botanical and mineral salves enhance bodies' sense of connection to the natural world, from lavender aromatherapy oil to exfoliating sea salt to the cold-pressed jojoba oil that sluices away friction from all massage sessions and desert predators away from all jojoba plants.
The therapists at Medical Massage Professionals don't simply point and push. Instead, they tailor their services to each client's needs—something they've been doing for the last decade. Founder Marian Sotelo-Paz has more than 20 years of industry experience under her fingers. At three locations around Miami, she's built a team of similarly seasoned professionals. All that experience is reflected in the team's versatility, which allows it to offer massage services for pain management, injury recovery, simple relaxation, and a variety of other ailments and issues.