Lying on her side, her body supported by pillows, the expectant mother begins to relax. Her massage therapist goes to work, kneading the back, legs, and other areas pregnancy tends to put stress on. With benefits ranging from better sleep to increased blood flow, the pregnancy massage at Essence Day Spa is proof that spa treatments can be about more than just escaping from stress or wearing slippers in public; they can be integral to your health.
This isn’t news to Dr. I. Anthony Cardella, the MD who founded and operates the spa. The OB/GYN and former University of Miami professor created Essence Day Spa to be a place where licensed pros could apply their highly technical skills. That’s why, in addition to staples such as European facials and Swedish massages, his center performs services that require training with special equipment, including laser hair removal, bamboo massage, and microdermabrasion.
The board-certified physicians at Vida Medspa lend an expert touch to rejuvenating IPL and laser-skincare treatments. Within the homey spa environment—sheathed in hues of buttercream, cinnamon, and muted sage—skin savants wield state-of-the-art laser technology to reduce fine lines, even skin tone and texture, and discipline misbehaving leg veins with FDA-approved methods. Beam-free services include chemical peels, massages, and chess-strategy counseling.
The Great Clips empire spans more than 3,000 salons across North America, where a collective of over 30,000 stylists wait, ready to tend to hairstyles. At these salons, no appointments are necessary—though an online check-in system aids those who wish to skip any potential lines by adding their names directly to the haircut queue. And to aid their new hairstyles, customers can peruse a line of gels, conditioners, pomades, and tea-tree oil shampoos and body washes.
Beauty Salons of America's clients breathe deeply as they relax within the Mall salon. Inside the International Mall location—guests sip complimentary white wine, water, or Nespresso drinks during services. In the salon, Climazon-brand dye and Peter Coppola keratin treatments imbue hair with color and shine, and stylists create elaborate updos for school dances or brides who marry the sea.
Hemi Day Spa specializes in technologically enhanced treatments that address problem areas and signs of aging on both the face and body with little pain, side effects, or downtime. The trained staff mans a fleet of high-tech devices, such as the Derma Pod, which delivers exfoliating microdermabrasions; the Presojet, a set of inflatable bands that presses and decompresses around the body to purge toxins; and the Thermojet, which sends infrared light rays deep into bodies to speed up the body's metabolism of unwanted curves. The spa's services enhance natural beauty without a time-consuming recovery period or painful, invasive methods, such as liposuction surgery or peacock-feather transplants.
At Beauty Fixx, a team of spa techs creates a relaxing atmosphere where they offer minimally stressful noninvasive alternatives to surgical beauty procedures. Each fat-reducing and cellulite-banishing treatment circumvents incisions by using energy such as low-level lasers, ultrasonic waves, and negative vacuum pressure. With no scalpels to break the skin or draw blood, clients experience virtually no discomfort or downtime and protect themselves against roving bands of vampires.