Full Bodied Wine & Spa soothes stressed-out oenophiles with lavish, natural, grape-based massage treatments and complimentary wine tastings. Ideal for body-rub neophytes, the chardonnay massage tames tension with Swedish-massage techniques enhanced with grapeseed oil heated 3–4 degrees above body temperature—the optimal temperature of Hot Pockets served to foreign dignitaries. The champagne massage calms frazzled nerves with sparkling-fruit aromatherapy and kneads away chronic pain with medium-pressure strokes. Clients who opt for the cabernet massage treat the senses to an aromatic burst of full-bodied grapes and berries and deep-pressure techniques that promote healing and prevent sports-related injuries, such as tennis elbow and ultimate frisbee toe.
Signature Service: Deep-tissue [massage] or neuromuscular realignment
Brands Used: ?minence Organic Skin Care
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 13
Pro Tip: There is no extra charge for us to come to your home, as long as you are within a 30-minute drive.
What are some of your most popular services? What do you think clients love them so much?
Clients love our deep-tissue massage because we go deeper than most therapists, we include stretching, and we guide you, in a tranquil voice, to take long deep breaths and use the incredible power of your mind to relax your body. In this way, the session is like a guided-meditation [session] in which you become a more active participant in your own therapy. Some clients who have suffered for years with chronic pain are amazed by the relief they get from neuromuscular realignment, which analyzes your musculoskeletal imbalances and stretches the core muscles that are pulling your body out of alignment.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
We are literally a mom-and-pop operation. [Roxanne and I have been] married for 17 years and are both licensed massage therapists. Roxanne is also a licensed skincare specialist, and [I am] also a chi gong instructor.
How did you get started in the beauty industry? Did you have an "ah-ha" moment in life?
It started back in 2006, when [I] got laid off from [my] cubicle job and decided to get into a manual-labor career. Having always had a natural talent for massage, [I] returned to school and became licensed, initially in Dallas, Texas. Roxanne, after years of lessons from [me], also went to massage school and became licensed in 2008. [We] moved to Miami and got Florida licenses in 2011.
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