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 a one-hour hot-stone, Swedish, or Thai massage at Chi Spa in Wilton Manors (up to a $95 value).
Within Chi Spa's upscale, art-adorned parlor, seasoned massage practitioners, some of whom trained in Thailand, draw from their mastery to draw out tension from the soul. In the hot-stone massage, muscle menders place hot basalt stones on key body points, incorporating the stones' heat in a deep-tissue massage to stymie stress brought on by hot-potato losing streaks (a $95 value). Conducted on a soft floor mat, the 60-minute Thai floor massage includes therapist-assisted stretching (a $75 value), and the Thai ceremony massage improves circulation and relaxes tense muscles, using a cotton ball filled with an aromatic array of five Thai herbs as a hot compress (an $85 value). Alternatively, a classic Swedish massage evicts aches with long strokes originally designed to soothe tangled slinkies (a $75 value).
Eye-catching, imported Thai artwork and candle-lit hallways add to the Far East authenticity and luxurious atmosphere of Chi Spa. Some of the parlor's massage therapists voyaged to Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand, to receive their training, strengthening their fingers by hand-paddling across the Atlantic Ocean.
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.