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.
Instead of offering quick beauty pick-me-ups, the staff at Premier Day Spa takes the long view—in this day and age, people are living longer than ever, which means that anti-aging skincare is more essential than it's ever been. To that end, the spa calls on imported skincare formulas from Guinot-Paris in facial treatments that take a proactive approach to halting the signs of aging rather than making up for them by wearing pigtails constantly. One such service is the Hydradermie Lift, which uses galvanic current to exercise facial muscles and help rejuvenate sagging features. Of course, Premier Day Spa focuses on more than just aesthetic results—clients can release tension and center their minds with more than a dozen massage styles that range from classic Swedish strokes to Asian specialties such as shiatsu and reflexology. The spa experts also perform detoxifying body treatments, refine digits with mani-pedis, and enhance faces with lash extensions and permanent makeup. With this atmosphere centered on relaxation, the spa does not permit children to accompany adults during their visits.
Suppose you go into a restaurant and order the steak, the salad, and the lobster, but instead of getting three entrees, you instruct the kitchen to combine all three dishes into a single magical feast. That's sort of what happens at Healing Touch Massage, only instead of food, massage therapist Laura Doan serves up muscle-mending sessions tailored to each client's needs. From her menu of seven massages, including Swedish, deep-tissue, and acupressure modalities, she plucks techniques from among any or all of them. In fact, every massage is so unique that it's possible that Laura has never performed one exactly like it in her entire 25-year career.
Although she specializes in massage, she also manipulates bodily energy with equal skill during relaxing Reiki sessions. And because her studio is located in Hallandale Chiropractic, her clients can seek additional relaxation with acupuncture sessions and spinal adjustments.
Coming from a family tree that had been sprouting medical practitioners for three centuries, Dr. Lev Sudakov has other people’s well-being in his blood. He founded Ocean Drive Chiropractic and Wellness Center in 2008 with the goal of helping his clients "get their lives back" through chiropractic care's potential to soothe chronic pain and other maladies. Drawing inspiration from his ancestors' tradition for patient-focused care, Dr. Sudakov harnesses the newest of technologies, such as Class IV K-Laser therapy, ultrasounds, and electrical muscle stimulation to treat his clients.
Dr. Sudakov uses massage therapy to banish stress, amplify the effects of chiropractic treatments, or soothe muscles sore from giving piggyback rides to Abraham Lincoln’s statue. His bilingual staff also offers nutritional counseling, helping everyone supplement the office's wellness-boosting treatments.
Modern Wellness Spa's staff helps clients look and feel their best with a vast lineup of cosmetic and therapeutic pampering treatments. To ease clients' pain and tension, licensed massage therapists target acupressure points and tender sections of muscle tissue using Eastern modalities such as shiatsu and Western techniques including trigger-point therapy. Prettifying services range from organic spray tans to anti-aging facials and LED light therapy. To further cultivate calmness, many services come with complimentary use of the spa's robes, steam room, and jacuzzi.
The spa's outdoor patio welcomes parties of up to 30 guests amid lush greenery to toast to good health with drinks from the juice bar or low-hanging rainclouds. Visitors may also browse the boutique, which is stocked with organic hair and skin products, StayFit exercise apparel, and the spa's signature desert-sage aroma.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
This is a teaching facility which gives us the experience of treating thousands of different cases.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
My purpose in life to alleviate pain and suffering for people and to empower people to have a healthy joyful life.
What do you love most about your job?
When I see the excitement of people learning tools to help themselves and then take control over their health and life.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
Thank you for saving my life and giving me, my children and my family a second chance
to create an amazing wholesome life.