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.
Founded by Dr. Ida Rolf, the Rolf Method of Structural Integration, or Rolfing, works the web of winding connective tissues (fascia) that envelope the body's organs, muscles, and inner-doodads. When stress, injury, and gravity yank the body out of alignment, the fascia, too, is disrupted, resulting in stiffness and loss of energy within the body that usually only comes from sitting through an awful poetry reading. Rolfing ditches the hitches in the body's giddyup through a systematic application of pressure on the body that lengthens and realigns the fascia.
Because Costa Sol Medical Spa is relatively new—it opened its doors in 2009—the staff has its fingers on the pulse of the latest in anti-aging, salon, and massage treatments. These advanced med spa treatments range from an exfoliating Miami peel that evens skin tone to a keratin treatment that defrizzes manes so they look more like silk and less like mohair. Costa Sol also offers a menu of classic salon and spa treatments such as mani-pedis, facials, and haircuts for women, men, and children.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Miami Pro mollify aches and lull clients into tranquility with many massage modalities. Swedish massages ease muscles with flowing, gliding strokes, deep-tissue treatments treat more persistent pains, and reflexology uses the body's pressure points to treat discomfort.
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.
Fritz's talented staff of stylists perform haircuttery that pulls out all the stops, including the one imprisoning a dangerous djinn. Fritz's haircut ($34) prefaces its precision scissor-snipping with a luxurious, meditative shampooing, a hot-towel treatment, and a scalp massage. All the young dudes carrying the news can freshen their follicles with a highlighting ($40+), while distinguished gents can either defy the passing of time with a custom color ($60+) or gray coverage ($35), or rock the salt-and-pepper with a gray blending ($30). Beyond the head, you can sample Fritz's spa-grade services such as a 45-minute customized facial ($45), a 60-minute massage in the style of your choice ($75), a manly and respect-inducing men's manicure ($25), and more.