Dressed in plush robes and spa sandals, guests of ME SPA drift from changing room to treatment room, where they unwind during pampering services such as facials, Swedish massages, and body scrubs. The whole experience is tailor-made for relaxation, right down to the silent cell phone policy. The tranquil quiet the spa remains unbroken by the sound of ringtones, allowing enough peace and quiet for stress to evaporate and the senses to be soothed. Upscale extras such as warm oils, hot stones, and scalp massages may be added to full-body massages, facials, massages, or spa packages for enhanced relaxation.
Regardless of which exact treatment you choose, one thing's for sure: a visit to Massage Green Spa will leave you feeling restored inside and out. During massage sessions, licensed therapists put the body and mind at ease or focus on nagging pain. Aestheticians, for their part, dab faces with renewing serums during facials. The spa is also home to an infrared sauna, which naturally detoxifies the body.
It's only 10 a.m., but it's teatime at Eden Spa. That's because a client has scheduled a green-tea stone massage, which involves relaxing muscles with heated stones that have been soaked in the rich liquid. The idea is that absorbing the tea will stimulate the body in the same way that drinking it can, leading the accompanying massage strokes to have a greater healing effect.
It seems the center will try all kinds of ingredients to lend its services oomph. Another massage uses bamboo sticks to promote circulation and relieve pain, and each skin treatment relies on a different cream or mask, from the sugar glow's honey-and-oil blend to the anti-wrinkle treatment's collagen extracts and horsetail (which is actually a plant and not what it sounds like: a story about a man who likes oats so much people call him "Horse").
Nahomie's Day Spa soothes the body and mind with facials, massages, and body wraps. To cleanse complexions, the savvy aestheticians deploy products from SHIR Organics that sidestep the use of harsh, irritating chemicals. Basil and citrus oils aid soothing massage strokes, which diffuse tension and boost blood circulation. After trimming nails and curbing unruly cuticles, techs use vegan Priti NYC polishes to inspire shine without toxins.
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.
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.