With average temperatures in the '70s and '80s, it makes sense that Miami is full of body-baring outfits. All that skin is why people like the owners of Velour Med Spa were able to open a successful laser hair-removal business in 2005. With the hope of further beautifying bodies, they established Velour—a full med spa—in 2010.
Its certified medical aestheticians, who are supervised by a medical director, still perform the popular laser hair-removal treatments, but they also fade unwanted spider veins, smooth cellulite, and rely on intense pulsed light to refresh faces. In addition to beautifying clients, they relax with massages and mani-pedis, which take place in a pristine all-white room.
Founded by Dr. Ida Rolf, the Rolf Method of Structural Integration, or Rolfing, works the web of winding connective tissues (fascia) that envelope the body's organs, muscles, and inner-doodads. When stress, injury, and gravity yank the body out of alignment, the fascia, too, is disrupted, resulting in stiffness and loss of energy within the body that usually only comes from sitting through an awful poetry reading. Rolfing ditches the hitches in the body's giddyup through a systematic application of pressure on the body that lengthens and realigns the fascia.
Ever since small business stopped advertising on fingernails, people have been searching for a way to keep them looking spiffy. That's where Diva owner Evelyn Calderon comes in. She and her staff of expert technicians meticulously decorate finger and toe billboards with a wide array of nail techniques. Salon guests may also request an invigorating facial or banish unwanted hair from eyebrows with a specialty waxing session.
Because Costa Sol Medical Spa is relatively new—it opened its doors in 2009—the staff has its fingers on the pulse of the latest in anti-aging, salon, and massage treatments. These advanced med spa treatments range from an exfoliating Miami peel that evens skin tone to a keratin treatment that defrizzes manes so they look more like silk and less like mohair. Costa Sol also offers a menu of classic salon and spa treatments such as mani-pedis, facials, and haircuts for women, men, and children.
Lying on her side, her body supported by pillows, the expectant mother begins to relax. Her massage therapist goes to work, kneading the back, legs, and other areas pregnancy tends to put stress on. With benefits ranging from better sleep to increased blood flow, the pregnancy massage at Essence Day Spa is proof that spa treatments can be about more than just escaping from stress or wearing slippers in public; they can be integral to your health.
This isn’t news to Dr. I. Anthony Cardella, the MD who founded and operates the spa. The OB/GYN and former University of Miami professor created Essence Day Spa to be a place where licensed pros could apply their highly technical skills. That’s why, in addition to staples such as European facials and Swedish massages, his center performs services that require training with special equipment, including laser hair removal, bamboo massage, and microdermabrasion.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Miami Pro mollify aches and lull clients into tranquility with many massage modalities. Swedish massages ease muscles with flowing, gliding strokes, deep-tissue treatments treat more persistent pains, and reflexology uses the body's pressure points to treat discomfort.
Salon Stefano & Spa doles out a slew of sumptuous services in an airy environs flooded with natural light. The facial package puts expression-makers in the salon’s capable hands, kicking off with a cleansing and renewing full facial before a microdermabrasion. The treatment employs non-invasive exfoliation techniques to shed dead skin cells and restore a healthy glow, a more effective method for attaining a youthful look than donning a lobster bib.