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.
At The Spa at Doral, clients can be pampered with a wide array of luxurious and personalized services. In the sprawling, 48,000-square-foot spa's 33 treatment rooms, guests unwind as they receive one of eight styles of massages, or facials that firm aging skin with microcurrent or harness the antioxidants of caviar. Mani-pedis feature luxurious, unusual touches, such as hydrating rose gel and a foot scrub made of ground olive pits—and the Skin Soother body treatment softens and heals dried skin with the regenerative properties of lavender, peppermint, and rose. Clients receive complimentary self parking and have access to the locker rooms, fitness center, and the resort's four pools.
The signature treatments at JW Marriott Miami SaLus Spa are spa packages in and of themselves. The signature massage begins with a foot scrub and mask, before warm towels loosen muscles, and an aromatic mask soothes the senses. The signature mani-pedi also starts with a scrub, then warm basalt stones aid in a massage of the feet, hands, and exceptionally tired shoes. Although luxury treatments are SaLus Spa's specialty, it also offers more simple services, such as Swedish massages and essential facials with multivitamin masks.
We spoke with Jack Macaluso—Regional Social Media and Web Coordinator at Beauty Schools of America—about how the academies prepare students for careers in the real world and why it's important for the schools to give back to their communities.
On the schools' mission
Above all else, Jack says that the schools "try to focus and harness the students' creativity," while giving them all of the experience and practical skills they need not simply to be prepared to enter the work force, but to succeed and thrive. The relatively lengthy training programs ensure that aspiring stylists, cosmetologists, makeup artists, barbers, and massage therapists fully understand the intricacies of their chosen specialty, as well as what they need to do to continue advancing their future career according to Jack.
On the role of the instructors
With a roster of instructors that includes industry professionals with international spa and salon experience, Beauty Schools of America strives to give attendees a broad view of the numerous options open to them. Jack is also clear that the teachers' guidance isn't limited to classroom environments. When the advanced-level students are allowed hone their talents by performing treatments for actual clients, "an instructor or two will always be there to assist and answer questions," he says.
On the products that the students use during treatments
Students use brand name products like Moroccanoil, Sojourn, Nioxin, and others. Working alongside their instructors at modern service stations, these stylists use these products to craft en vogue cuts, color, styling and therapeutic practices.
On the schools' charitable involvement
Beauty Schools of America embraces opportunities to give back to its communities while providing real-world experience for students at the same time. Jack goes on to describe events where the schools' aspiring barbers and cosmetologists performed complimentary services for underprivileged residents, and he mentions one specific occasion when massage students provided free treatments for community members who participated in a bike ride dedicated to raising awareness about multiple sclerosis.
Design your own spa day with multiple relaxing spa treatments from Imagos Day Spa in Miami.
A facial from this spa is your first step to clearer and healthier skin.
For firmer and clearer skin, try one of the many skin care treatments offered at Imagos Day Spa, such as chemical peel and microdermabrasion.
This spa offers a comfortable and relaxing environment for guests to receive a number of massage treatments, such as hot stone, deep tissue, and Swedish.
If you're looking for great hair remedies, such as hair cuts, head on over to this spa.
Reduce unwanted hair growth with a painless hair removal remedy, such as waxing.
Imagos Day Spa's master stylists are trained in beauty services like make up application, and they're ready to help you look your best.
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This spa may be an appointment-only establishment, but they offer a wide range of time slots to suit your personal needs.
Services here may be expensive, but leisurely living comes at a cost.
Credit card payments are always accepted at this wonderful establishment.
Drivers can make use of the parking lots near Imagos Day Spa.
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