In-set blue floor lights greet guests as they stroll into mySpa, an upscale respite tucked within the InterContinental Miami Hotel. Though the spa’s modern décor is striking, the warm, friendly demeanor of the staff quickly makes clients feel at home as they walk back to one of the spa’s 10 treatment rooms. Within the calming spaces, aestheticians customize facials with Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusion treatments designed to stimulate cell renewal by releasing a cool mist of oxygen over the skin, and rejuvenate bodies with scrubs and wraps that incorporate European bathing techniques. Candle lit hallways also lead clients to various nooks around the spa where they can find a SpaJet2 hydro capsule, nail salon with two pedicure thrones, and fully-stocked locker rooms with drench showers and eucalyptus steam rooms.
The spacious retreat also provides guests with free weights and a Technogym cardio theater in the fitness center, as well as a spa boutique filled with beauty accessories and clothing. And if clients just want a moment to relax, separate men and women’s lounges cater to them by providing a quiet space with healthy drinks and snacks.
Using a combination of traditional spa treatments, alternative wellness therapies, and modern weight-loss technology, Miami Detox & Spa's staff aims to keep bodies in tiptop shape. The staff specializes in holistic well-being, employing ionic foot baths, infrared-induced sweat, and a bevy of "keep calm and carry on" posters to facilitate an orderly evacuation of bodily toxins. Unique, noninvasive technologies, such as the ultrasonic cavitation weight-loss treatment or the calorie-burning total-body vibration device, further enhance corpuses while offering pain-free alternatives to fat-reduction surgery.
At Miami Blo Bar, stylists employ the hot breath of blow dryers to give hair a new shape. Fun and lively music bounces throughout the salon as they shampoo strands and form them into any kind of style, be it a smooth and sleek look or a just-escaped-from-the-Huns look.
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.
The therapists and aestheticians at Scape Spa usher their clients to a state of relaxation and treat a range of ailments with a full menu of massages and facial treatments. The team is skilled in a wide array of bodywork modalities, from classic Swedish massage to reflexology of the hands and feet. Lymphatic massage pushes toxins out of the body, and prenatal massage helps mothers-to-be find relief from their unique aches and constant phone calls from their mothers-in-law. Alternatively, 60-minute facials, peels, and microdermabrasion sessions clear pores and freshen complexions.
Niks Wellness founder Lisa Jolley doesn't forget about skincare during her time off. That's when she does some of her most important work: speaking on behalf of her nonprofit organization, Jolley Faces. The program sends her to local schools, women's shelters, recovery homes, and other locations to explain the importance of proper skincare—and how to achieve healthy, glowing skin. After all, she's an expert. At Niks Wellness, she and her staff perform custom facials, body treatments, peels, waxing sessions, and massages.