Smoke steams from a capsule, vibrations clatter through a paddle, and mud-infused water swirls in a tub. Though these descriptions sound like they're out of a science-fiction movie, they’re actually the effects of the holistic yet forwarding-thinking devices Ageless Cocoons houses. From a salt cocoon that draws out impurities to a cryotherapy session designed to reduce inflammation, each treatment offered at the Key Biscayne spa—which has been featured on CNN en Español, Al Rojo Vivo, and En Univision—promotes whole-body well-being through detoxification and chemical balancing.
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.
Caruna Spa & Wellness Center features a slew of services for the beauty-conscious to preen and revivify. Microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, eyelash extensions, and facials smooth skin and instill a healthy glow; body treatments such as wraps, VelaShape laser body contouring, and vibrotherapy help firm and tone physiques. The staff also administers Botox and Juvederm injections, which smooth and plump facial creases for an appearance as young and dewy as a freshly hatched daisy. The spa's interior boasts an airy modern design by Pepe Calderin, with white spaces accented by splashes of color, and tranquil wall-size murals and soft candlelight in private treatment rooms.
Drs. Michelle Barnes, a board-certified internist, and J. Castillo-Plaza, a gynecologic and laser surgeon, love focusing on the aesthetic aspect of medicine. Making clients beautiful, they find, is such a welcoming break from traditional medicine, which just doesn't give patients the same boost of confidence and youthfulness that can follow a facial-filler injection or cellulite treatment. That's why all of their services, from a basic facial peel to SmartLipo laser-assisted liposuction to Botox injections for underarm sweating can help to make patients feel beautiful. That's also why instead of a clinical med-spa setting, the office is a place of tranquility, where patients can inhale lavender-scented aromatherapy or sip complimentary tea, coffee, or water while taking in the Asian decor of bamboo, Buddha statues, and sushi rolls glued to the walls.
Spray tans, massages, teeth whitening, and other beauty services are all available at Planet Beach Contempo Spa, but unlike at other day spas, each treatment is administered via machine. Automated massage tables relieve bodily tension, Mystic Tan nozzles dispense tanning formula, and LED lights switch on at the push of a button to brighten complexions with their therapeutic rays. For a monthly membership fee, patrons gain unlimited access to all of these services, which are also available a la carte.
When husband-and-wife team Ernesto and Julie set out on their own in 2007, they were gambling on the fact that they could turn a fragile dream into a full business. Their initial lone employee has been replaced by seven in just one year, and the crew bustle through a salon that has the gleaming white expanses of a medical facility, but without the egocentric skeleton models. Patrons, who receive reminder text messages or emails before each appointment, arrive ready to work towards aesthetic goals with products from Obagi, Juvéderm, and Botox and a range of facial services. As massage services lure forth slow exhalations, the staff herald the arrival of new guests with cups of tea.