Like a potato, if the human body is not properly mashed and moisturized, it will never be used for anything more than a science-project battery. Make sure your body is properly fluffed and buttered with today's soothing Groupon: for $45, you get $75 worth of massage services at Chi Spa in Wilton Manors, plus a $20 gift certificate.
Chi Spa offers a tranquil escape from reality, where a dedicated staff of experienced kneaders coddles the soul via a variety of massage services. Conducted on a soft floor mat, the 60-minute Thai floor massage is also called “lazy man’s yoga” because of its therapist-assisted stretches and tendency to forget to put the seat down ($75). The signature Chi massage melds Eastern and European tension-taming techniques, combining Thai stretching and compression techniques with gentle Swedish-style strokes ($75 for 60 minutes). Customers who return for a second dose of relaxation, armed with their $20 gift card, can choose to focus trained fingertips on sore feet or overworked centaur hooves with a 30-minute foot massage, complete with an exfoliating scrub and shea-butter treatment ($45), or on hardworking skull-shields with a 30-minute facial massage, which infuses skin with organic relaxation juices ($50).
Candle-lit hallways, soothing music, and elegant décor welcome achy bone vehicles to Chi Spa’s calming confines. Eye-catching, imported Thai artwork lends to the Far East authenticity and luxurious atmosphere. Some of the staff even trained at Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand, furthering the genuine experience, as skilled massage therapists impress each muscle with affable affect and convenient hours.
Chi Spa’s more than 20 licensed massage therapists are experts in their craft and can easily pull massage techniques from Western and Eastern modalities and seamlessly integrate them into a single session designed to address their clients' problem areas. The therapists owe their versatility to their training in Thai massage at the Wat Po Buddhist Temple in Bangkok, Thailand. The look and feel of the distinctive Thai relaxation retreats followed them back to Chi Spa, which is decorated with elaborate woodcuts and statues imported from Thailand. The treatment rooms preserve a modern feel; some even have private showers in which guests can rinse off before or after their treatments. In addition to familiar modalities such as Swedish and hot stone, therapists can knead muscles with barefoot ashiatsu massage or the 200-year-old Thai Ceremony massage, originally intended to relax returning warriors who’d carried their horses home.