Three aestheticians, a massage therapist, a threading artist, three treatment rooms, and a treasure-trove of paraben-free skincare products await visitors at Esthetique Facial Spa—basically, everything that’s needed to tend to all skin types. Tucked beside the Whole Foods Market on Magazine Street, Esthetique Facial Spa and its savvy staff have welcomed clients to relax and rejuvenate since 2008. Makeup lessons with artist Elise Davis help patrons master crafting fresh new looks or using tried-and-true techniques, and fertility massage aims to restore balance in the reproductive system and help break up scar tissue.
Ever since small business stopped advertising on fingernails, people have been searching for a way to keep them looking spiffy. That's where Diva owner Evelyn Calderon comes in. She and her staff of expert technicians meticulously decorate finger and toe billboards with a wide array of nail techniques. Salon guests may also request an invigorating facial or banish unwanted hair from eyebrows with a specialty waxing session.
A career-ending shoulder injury knocked Chris Goetz out of the NFL early, but it ignited an interest in a brand-new career path: chiropractic. He found that this form of therapy aided him in his recovery, and soon after he finished, he enrolled in chiropractic school. He opened Advance Health Services in 1999, and since then, he and his staff have added a slew of treatments to their repertoire: physical therapy, massage therapy, and medical weight-loss programs.
Myself Spa is a family-run company that specializes in beauty and wellness. The staff is made up of licensed therapists trained in various techniques of massage as well as aestheticians who can administer facials and other skincare treatments. Other therapies focus on weight loss and cellulite reduction, including several that rely on state-of-the-art technology.
Lying on her side, her body supported by pillows, the expectant mother begins to relax. Her massage therapist goes to work, kneading the back, legs, and other areas pregnancy tends to put stress on. With benefits ranging from better sleep to increased blood flow, the pregnancy massage at Essence Day Spa is proof that spa treatments can be about more than just escaping from stress or wearing slippers in public; they can be integral to your health.
This isn’t news to Dr. I. Anthony Cardella, the MD who founded and operates the spa. The OB/GYN and former University of Miami professor created Essence Day Spa to be a place where licensed pros could apply their highly technical skills. That’s why, in addition to staples such as European facials and Swedish massages, his center performs services that require training with special equipment, including laser hair removal, bamboo massage, and microdermabrasion.
With average temperatures in the '70s and '80s, it makes sense that Miami is full of body-baring outfits. All that skin is why people like the owners of Velour Med Spa were able to open a successful laser hair-removal business in 2005. With the hope of further beautifying bodies, they established Velour—a full med spa—in 2010.
Its certified medical aestheticians, who are supervised by a medical director, still perform the popular laser hair-removal treatments, but they also fade unwanted spider veins, smooth cellulite, and rely on intense pulsed light to refresh faces. In addition to beautifying clients, they relax with massages and mani-pedis, which take place in a pristine all-white room.
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