Elemis Day Spa is a place where time doesn't exist, where the sheer level of relaxation causes the world outside to melt away. Unsurprising then, that the massive 7,000-square-foot retreat feels remarkably intimate. Past its calming lounge, private rooms host massages that whisk away tension and aches with any combination of long, gentle strokes, deep kneading, hot stones, and poultices chock full of nourishing ingredients. Then there are the services focused on the body's exterior: body wraps that smooth skin with botanical ingredients and facials that combine plant stem cells with state-of-the-art technology.
And Elemis ensures clients can recreate their results at home, too. The spa crafts its own line of cruelty-free products, all of which infuse skin with nutrient-rich elements that are so effective and sought-after that they're used in spas belonging to British Airways and luxury cruise lines.
Allure Day Spa & Salon pampers clients with spa services that include facials and massages. During each treatment, clients enjoy a private experience complete with wine, cheese, or tea. Unlike a neighbor who refuses to wear pants while gardening, the spa is a responsible member of the community, often raising money for worthy causes such as the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Bellisima Magic Touch wants guests to feel comfortable as soon as they walk in the door. That starts with its calming interior, filled with soft hues and elegant touches, such as regal columns and delicate orchids. It hardly ends there, though, as the spa administers a host of beautifying services. Read on to learn more about a few.
Active-contour eye treatment: This Sothys skincare treatment, designed for the delicate skin around the eyes, includes a gentle peel, a massage, and a cooling mask, which works to reduce puffiness.
Platelet-rich-plasma therapy: Using platelet-rich plasma extracted from the patient's own blood, this treatment is used to promote collagen production, thereby giving the skin a younger-looking appearance.
Laser-lipo treatment: Noninvasive laser lipo treatments target fat deposits with laser light, which opens fat cells to drain their contents. All of this is performed without any incisions and relies on the body's natural metabolic pathways to process the contents of the fat cells.
Spa Advantage believes that regular massages are less a luxury and more a necessity to maintain bodily health and wellness. With multiple locations throughout Florida, this massage-spa chain is popular for a reason—its massage therapists are knowledgeable and friendly, and each location has a professional and soothing atmosphere.
Every massage begins by wrapping the client up in a warmed blanket before massage therapists customize their kneads to especially tight muscles or hard-to-reach shoulder knots and pinkie-toe itches. Tension melts away on the table, and clients leave feeling rejuvenated, looser, and less stressed.
Signature Service: Deep-tissue [massage] or neuromuscular realignment
Brands Used: Éminence Organic Skin Care
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 13
Pro Tip: There is no extra charge for us to come to your home, as long as you are within a 30-minute drive.
Q&A with Michael Raphael, Therapist and Business Manager
What are some of your most popular services? What do you think clients love them so much?
Clients love our deep-tissue massage because we go deeper than most therapists, we include stretching, and we guide you, in a tranquil voice, to take long deep breaths and use the incredible power of your mind to relax your body. In this way, the session is like a guided-meditation [session] in which you become a more active participant in your own therapy. Some clients who have suffered for years with chronic pain are amazed by the relief they get from neuromuscular realignment, which analyzes your musculoskeletal imbalances and stretches the core muscles that are pulling your body out of alignment.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
We are literally a mom-and-pop operation. [Roxanne and I have been] married for 17 years and are both licensed massage therapists. Roxanne is also a licensed skincare specialist, and [I am] also a chi gong instructor.
How did you get started in the beauty industry? Did you have an "ah-ha" moment in life?
It started back in 2006, when [I] got laid off from [my] cubicle job and decided to get into a manual-labor career. Having always had a natural talent for massage, [I] returned to school and became licensed, initially in Dallas, Texas. Roxanne, after years of lessons from [me], also went to massage school and became licensed in 2008. [We] moved to Miami and got Florida licenses in 2011.
Inner peace and outer beauty hold equal weight at Contour Medical Spa. Inside private, soundproof treatment rooms, licensed massage therapists remedy ailments of the mind and the body—the former through relaxing Swedish, hot-stone, and couples massage, and the latter via sports and prenatal massage. By way of the center’s ultrasonic-cavitation treatments, which are slimming treatments that liquefy fat cells, the staff help clients achieve their ideal body weight and assume tight, toned bodies. Massage helps yield relaxed muscles and nerves, and the ultrasonic-cavitation treatments result in as much as six inches of body-fat loss per session. Together, they bring mind and body into harmony, improving well-being and self-confidence.