Every morning, the lotus flower surfaces from the murky water and unfurls its brilliant petals in the sun?s warmth. This image of a lotus flower blooming on the sign outside A Rich Experience Massage & Wellness Spa hints at this process of perpetual renewal. The spa's team attempts to help patrons blossom, drawing out inner beauty in minimalist rooms to help create a calm and peaceful atmosphere.
During skincare treatments, the staff's medical aesthetician analyzes facial features before refreshing them with products from Botanical Science. Muscles purr smoothly under the hands of a licensed massage therapist, who, unlike an Olympic gymnastics coach, uses pressure to relieve tension.
At Bellus Academy, students offer discounted services to the public in an onsite salon and spa in order to hone their craft. The space features professional equipment that help students gain experience working with same equipment they will find when they enter a premier spa or salon, mirroring the upscale atmosphere of more costly salons or spas. Working under the close supervision of their instructors, the student-stylists pamper clients with anything from cut and color to deep-tissue massage and pomegranate-enzyme facials. The ever-expanding service menu also features several advanced skincare treatments as well, including microdermabrasion and peels.
Bonnie Stromer, a registered art therapist, opened Xpressive Arts Center to make art programs available for everyone in the community, animating her belief that the arts are an important form of self-expression and communication. Inside the historic stone building, instructors lead an array of classes in printmaking, beadwork, and painting to stoke the flames of each individual?s artistic expressivity. During the popular BYOB painting sessions, groups of painters bond and learn new techniques over wine, beer, or basically any kind of matter that starts with the letter b.
When the San Diego Dance Centre was established in 1974, the school had 35 students. Over the years, the school has grown to more than 400 students, necessitating a move into a 9,000-square-foot studio with five dance studio rooms, full-length mirrors, and marley flooring that provides traction and support. Passionate, experienced instructors, including owner Kristen Hibbs, guide students through jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and other dance styles, and also through acrobatic and tumbling classes. The school welcomes dancers of all experience levels, from total beginners to advanced dancers such as Sophia Lucia, a student featured on the television show Dance Moms.
Behind the vertical columns and manicured hedgerows of the art-deco district's Ocean Reef hotel, the salon and spa’s aestheticians and massage therapists pamper bodies with nourishing head-to-toe therapies. Mere steps from Miami Beach and bustling Collins Avenue, the spa is surrounded by myriad local promenades on which to flaunt physiques newly nourished by hair, body, and facial treatments, as well as waxing. Clients can park cars or their Shetland ponies on the street, or take advantage of Ocean Reef's valet service.