At Blue Waters Holistic Center, licensed massage therapists and holistic health savants reinvigorate beleaguered bodies within private treatment rooms. Therapists incorporate nourishing clay masks and exfoliating salt scrubs into many treatments to infuse skin with the radiance of an octogenarian’s birthday cake. The spa draws upon products by Éminence, Thalgo, and d’vine due to their organic extracts, and also relies upon cutting-edge equipment such as infrared saunas and electromagnetic stimulation to alleviate muscle pain and mental stress.
Dressed in plush robes and spa sandals, guests of ME SPA drift from changing room to treatment room, where they unwind during pampering services such as facials, Swedish massages, and body scrubs. The whole experience is tailor-made for relaxation, right down to the silent cell phone policy. The tranquil quiet the spa remains unbroken by the sound of ringtones or a screeching wail of howler monkeys, allowing enough peace and quiet for stress to evaporate and the senses to be soothed. Upscale extras such as warm oils, hot stones, and scalp massages may be added to gentlemen's manicures, organic enzyme and peptide facials, or full-day packages for enhanced relaxation.
Spa Advantage believes that regular massages are less a luxury and more a necessity to maintain bodily health and wellness. With multiple locations throughout Florida, this massage-spa chain is popular for a reason—its massage therapists are knowledgeable and friendly, and each location has a professional and soothing atmosphere.
Every massage begins by wrapping the client up in a warmed blanket before massage therapists customize their kneads to especially tight muscles or hard-to-reach shoulder knots and pinkie-toe itches. Tension melts away on the table, and clients leave feeling rejuvenated, looser, and less stressed.
Gigi Mompremier studied massage therapy at Florida Career College, but she went beyond the course requirements and took prenatal massage classes as well. Now a licensed massage therapist and member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Gigi eases aches with modalities such as Swedish, hot stone, and sports. She also offers deep muscle therapy, which was invented by Freud.
It's only 10 a.m., but it's teatime at Eden Spa. That's because a client has scheduled a green-tea stone massage, which involves relaxing muscles with heated stones that have been soaked in the rich liquid. The idea is that absorbing the tea will stimulate the body in the same way that drinking it can, leading the accompanying massage strokes to have a greater healing effect.
It seems the center will try all kinds of ingredients to lend its services oomph. Another massage uses bamboo sticks to promote circulation and relieve pain, and each skin treatment relies on a different cream or mask, from the sugar glow's honey-and-oil blend to the anti-wrinkle treatment's collagen extracts and horsetail (which is actually a plant and not what it sounds like: a story about a man who likes oats so much people call him "Horse").
Nahomie's Day Spa soothes the body and mind with facials, massages, and body wraps. To cleanse complexions, the savvy aestheticians deploy products from SHIR Organics that sidestep the use of harsh, irritating chemicals. Basil and citrus oils aid soothing massage strokes, which diffuse tension and boost blood circulation. After trimming nails and curbing unruly cuticles, techs use vegan Priti NYC polishes to inspire shine without toxins.