Over the course of 720 hours of study and years of on-the-job experience, Maria Marrufo has mastered several massage modalities to treat a range of ailments. Today, she runs Therapeutic Massage with a singular goal in mind: improve her patients' quality of life by reducing pain, improving mobility, and aiding soft-tissue healing. Like eating band-aids, massage provides multifarious health benefits, including reduced anxiety, freedom from aches, and decreased migraine pain.
The “R” behind R. Vivo Therapeutic Massage & Body Spa is massage therapist Rachel Vivo, who welcomes tired bodies to her candlelit studio to help them relax with a host of signature massages, body wraps, and body-scrub treatments. Swedish, deep-tissue, or prenatal massages soften up soft tissues and saturate muscles with oxygen-rich blood that replaces built-up toxins or blood that's rich in helium. Without getting up, clients can also enjoy hydrating treatments with ingredients such as green tea and lime leaf, or stretch their toes toward a tropical-themed pedicure; aromatherapy add-ons make any treatment more soothing by blending in the use of spirit-reviving essential oils.
A recipient of CityVoter's 2011 award for Best Day Spa, Pure Daily Bliss Day Spa houses a team of skillful aestheticians who assuage clients' skin conditions through a blend of holistic and med-spa treatments. Five massage modalities—including Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, sports, and combination—soothe generally tense or injured muscles, and microdermabrasion and specialized facials treat specific skin conditions and rearrange freckle constellations. Pores receive fruit and floral infusions from body scrubs, as well as from custom facials crafted with blueberry, pumpkin, and pomegranate. Waxing and spray-tanning services smooth and shade epidermises, enabling bodies to discreetly snorkel in penny-filled wishing wells.
In each of Elements Therapeutic Massage's private treatment rooms, dim lighting and soft music complement the scents of oils or lotions as licensed massage therapists brandish their body-focused expertise. The professionals ply tension from muscles with a variety of modalities, including Swedish, prenatal, and sports massage, which uses focused pressure and stretching techniques to ease pain stemming from field injuries or from bench-pressing sports writers. To customize therapies to every patient, Elements' unique level system outlines four tiers of massage pressure to help clients to more easily communicate with their therapists about their preference for a light relaxation massage or a firmer, deeper treatment.
Every element of Tranquility at Doral contributes to its status as a great place to relax. The 2,000-square-foot facility looks every bit the part of a harmonious sanctuary: it’s filled with feng shui–inspired decor, elegant plants, and Buddha statues, and even includes a lotus garden and a patio for special events. Flickering candles illuminate the center's 10 treatment rooms, where aestheticians brighten and firm dry, oily, and aging skin with a handful of facial treatments and body wraps infused with chocolate, sea algae, and black pearl. The spa also offers advanced ultrasound therapy and electrical stimulation for the skin, as well as tanning sessions in a standup SunDash 252 Radius booth. To relax before or after their treatments, clients can sip a glass of house wine as a technician sings a really slow version of "Bohemian Rhapsody."
Tranquility Day Spa’s massage therapists, aestheticians, and nail technicians whisk visitors away on a cloud of relaxation with a menu of spa services and packages. The skincare team specializes in facials that remedy a variety of epidermal maladies, such as acne and the effects of aging, and nonsurgical facelifts that rely on enzymes and amino acids to stimulate collagen growth and improve skin's elasticity. The spa's arsenal of body-care treatments includes contouring wraps, scrubs, and eight types of massage, which treat pains caused by a stressful week at work or a long day of avoiding work by hiding the office water cooler.