Adios, botox and other invasive treatments! Miami wellness centers are combining age-old practices with cutting-edge technology to help you look and feel better without getting under your skin.
Rejuvenate with a view in the rooftop hydrotherapy pool at Como Shambhala Urban Escape.
HURTS SO GOOD: CUPPING AT EXHALE Forget needles. Suction is the new acupuncture, as evidenced by the bruised backs of Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow, who swear by the ancient Chinese practice whose myriad benefits reportedly include increased blood flow, diminished pain and tension, and relief from that lingering cough. 1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-200-1301
FACE LIFT: ACUTRON AT 2 BE HEALTHY Take a pause on fillers on your way to looking 15 years younger thanks to energy light therapy combined with microcurrents. It’s like electro-acupuncture for the face, encouraging collagen production to prevent the visible effects of aging (such as wrinkles) and keep you glowing for life. 4588 NE Second Ave., Miami, 305-538-8998
FAT KILLER: ULTRASHAPE POWER AT BAUMANN COSMETIC DERMATOLOGY In addition to developing a skin-type system akin to the Myers-Briggs personality test, renowned dermatologist and author Dr. Leslie Baumann is ahead of the curve in the fat-melting game. She’s one of only a few practitioners in the state to get her hands on the UltraShape Power system, a shaping tool that painlessly and permanently destroys 32 percent of your fat cells. 4500 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-532-5552
WELLNESS THAT STICKS: BIOMAGNETIC THERAPY AT BEN’EMELIS HOLISTIC CENTER Cases of arthritis and immunodeficiency have reportedly been cured through biomagnetic therapy. As the name implies, it uses magnets positioned on the body and kinesthetic biofeedback to equalize pH levels, addressing deep-rooted physiological and psychological issues and preventing them from ever resurfacing. 10260 SW 56th St., Miami, 305-763-5399
TOTAL BODYWORK: PREVENTIVE AND HEALING ARTS AT TIERRA SANTA SPA Melt away stress with a deep muscle massage that uses warmed herbal indigo and rare lapis azul from Chile to target pressure points, or try hot but invigorating oil from the Amazon applied with volcanic rocks. Then be swept into blissful oblivion with palo santo and sound bowl vibration therapy. Need more? Ask Faena’s resident Dr. Matthew Cooper (aka Dr. Enzyme) to formulate a lifestyle plan that will have you feeling light and high daily. 3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-655-5570
MENTAL STIMULATION: SENSORY DEPRIVATION AT TURNBERRY ISLES SPA Picture this: you floating in a tank with 800 pounds of Epsom salt, deprived of sensory input—a technique invented by John Lilly, the famed neuroscientist of the subconscious, during the ’70s counterculture movement. An hour of sensory deprivation is said to equal eight hours of sleep and increase mental stimulation. 19999 W. Country Club Dr., Miami, 305-932-6200
FROM THE FEET UP: REFLEXOLOGY AT COMO SHAMBHALA URBAN ESCAPE Did you know that certain points in the feet can send signals to organs and muscles in the rest of the body, including the brain? That’s the goal of reflexology; 60 minutes of footwork apparently restores the body’s natural balance and gives it the kick it needs to heal itself. 2445 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-695-3600