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Healthy, Body, Mind, and Soul Leaf Spa at Hotel AKA Brickell By Claudia Paredes Located inside the sophisticated and modern Hotel AKA Brickell, overlooking the beautiful city of Miami, you’ll find Leaf Spa—the first ever spa from the highly regarded AKA brand. Escape the bustling city noise and find your own private oasis here. Leaf Spa has created a unique space for guests to unwind and relax their mind, body, and soul. Using elements of nature, all massages, facials, and body treatments aim to achieve ultimate relaxation. Upon arrival through the decadent hotel lobby, guests will make their way to the nature inspired spa on its separate floor, where they will be asked for a brief questionnaire. This allows therapists to get to know guests better and focus on the areas that need more attention. Immerse yourself in a new world—close your eyes and listen to the sound of traveling water as you walk down the hallways, gently lit with candle lanterns. The ambiance is serene and makes for a wonderful experience. At Leaf Spa they believe in the seasonality of life. The same way a tree sheds their leaves in the fall, and is full of new leaves in the springtime, so do our bodies. Our bodies are designed to embrace change—but we often forget that. Bodies can blossom new leaves, and one leaf at a time we get closer to our true selves. At Leaf Spa, through the power of nature, they aim to remind our bodies where they came from—earth. Through their philosophy, treatments, and rituals, guests are reminded how to embrace change and adapt to any circumstance—just the way trees do every season. The journey begins with a very relaxing ritual—the cleansing of the feet. Upon entering this alluring room, you’ll take a seat at one of the comfortable stations which are adorned with luscious pillows. There might be other guests getting their feet cleansed, but given the size of each station, guests will feel absolute tranquility. Dip your feet in the cleansing station directly below your seat, where your therapist will gently massage, and then soak your feet in water treated with your choice of lavender, rosemary, or eucalyptus salts. At Leaf Spa they believe it’s through the feet that we connect to earth’s energy, which is why it’s very important to start here to achieve serenity and feel grounded.

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