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.
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.
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The soothing scents of aromatherapy waft throughout Real Skin and Nails. Mood enhancements like these complement most of the spa's services, which include couples massages and signature facials with cocoa antioxidant masks. Aestheticians also administer facials specifically designed for men.
A childhood spent on the beach turned into a big business for the family behind the Boucher Brothers. They started the business in 1987 and continue to serve hotels, condos, and public beaches with concessions and beach rentals on Florida’s coasts, at Virginia Beach, and on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago. They take beachgoers parasailing above the waves and rent out a slew of equipment that includes Waverunners, boogie boards, and kayaks. Alternatively, landlubbers can sun themselves on lounge chairs or take shelter from the sun's rays in a cabana, beneath an umbrella, or in the shadow of a highly trained cumulus cloud. As a testament to the staff's dedication to pampering patrons, Boucher Brothers has received the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences' Five Star Diamond Award for 10 years running.
Under the direction of an MD, the team at West Miami Health Center erases the line between health and beauty. The on-staff physician conducts blood tests and checkups, while the team of aestheticians oversees the relaxation process with facials, scrubs, and peels. Injured elbows sigh with relief inside paraffin-wax baths or noninvasive laser therapy, and tense muscles drink in heat from smooth river rocks during hot-stone massages.