Clients flock to The Foot Parlor's elegantly decorated office for health-bolstering services. The 1,200-square-foot facility houses five treatment rooms, where massage therapists carefully stimulate specific areas on clients' feet and hands during reflexology sessions. Specialists also treat ailments with various massage modalities, such as deep tissue and thai yoga massage, as well as a slew of other services. Though they can instill deep relaxation, The Foot Parlor's services primarily focus on improving circulation, removing bodily toxins, increasing flexibility, and boosting immunity to wool socks.
Dr. Maria Patricia Restrepo began the journey toward founding MPR Institute when she was diagnosed with diabetes at 14. The diagnosis brought on bouts of obesity and depression, but Dr. Restrepo didn’t give up—instead, she began to research. “What I understood when I started reading was that if I lost weight, my body [would] cope much better with [diabetes],” she says. But losing weight was just the beginning in her quest toward holistic health. She ended up studying medicine, and through her research she learned about the impact of certain foods on health.
Now, Dr. Restrepo and a team of doctors and therapists customize detoxification plans, facials, and ayurvedic healing services according to each patient’s needs. “The solution for one person is not the solution for everybody,” she says. Staff members take lab tests and hold in-depth consultations with their clients to determine appropriate detoxification or dieting programs. Common treatment targets include hormonal changes, liver detoxification, and colon cleansing.
If a massage therapist is lulling their clients to occupy a relaxed state then they should be in that place of relaxation too. At least that’s how the owner of Miami Foot & Tea Bar feels. His staff of reflexology specialists not only takes care of their clients, they also take care of themselves with healthy lifestyles, ongoing massage training, and calm demeanors. “I can tell you, from knowing them personally, they have zero stress,” he says. They do have drive¬¬––each has studied with internationally known instructors to learn the intricacies of true reflexology. “Just by massaging your foot, they can tell you what your [health] problems are, and they can also help you heal,” he says.
The reflexologists on staff are not the only ones striving to promote holistic health. Tea specialists preside over a collection of more than 20 teas, each specially selected for its healing properties and its ability to calm screaming teapots. Based on consultations with clients and their reflexologists, tea gurus recommend brews to take home, including organic verbena mint, Taiwanese green, or Darjeeling black.
After years of running themselves ragged with high-powered jobs in the finance industry, friends Betty and Didi were stressed out and overworked. This negative impact on their physical health and relationships led them to question their careers and explore options that might have a more beneficial impact on themselves and others. After discovering their individual talents for styling hair, they opened Didi's Hair Salon, where they've continued to develop an arsenal of advanced hair coloring, cutting, and conditioning techniques. The salon's free WiFi and complimentary bottled water, coffee, and tea help put clients at ease as Didi and Betty coax split ends from their locks and gossip about ill-behaved hairbrushes.
Golden Touch Haircuts & Shaves' staff of certified master barbers adds a touch of class and a dollop of hot lather to each client's grooming experience. The men’s salon's signature cuts include all-around scissors work, flat tops, and El 7s. No matter the style, during each cut the barbers forge a defined look and painstakingly pursue every wayward strand—a process that includes a hot-lather neck shave, an air hose, and an oil sheen. Clients can have their shaggy beards shaped with a general beard trimming, or they can choose a popular facial grooming style such as the goatee, the chin strap, or Odin's weekend look. Hot shaves, braiding, and eyebrow trimming round out the options for men looking for a polished finish.
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.