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If You Have Two Left Feet, The Ritz Carlton's Rhythm Massage Will Still Make You Dance

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September 24, 2010 at 1:04 PM | by | ()

You know when you read about something and it sounds kind of weird, kind of awesome, but almost impossible to imagine in real life? That's how we felt about the Rhythm Massage, a new addition to the menu at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach Spa. A massage that is more like a dance? Wha?

The treatment began with therapist Dayalis Gonzales (who actually created the massage) asking if we wanted the relaxing or energizing version, which we guess is like asking if you want to slow dance or fast dance.

Relaxing would be closer to a traditional massage (though still with dance-like flourishes)--set to flamenco guitar. The energizing is exactly that--a little more uptempo, with flamenco and salsa music playing in the background.

We were feeling saucy so we chose the energizing version. Instantly, we knew this was unlike any other massage when Gonzales began banging on the soles of our feet as if they were drums. Later, it felt like she was playing flamenco guitar on our fingers and toes. (This may be a good time to point out that the Rhythm Massage is not for the ticklish.)

From the old-school chopping on our back to the way Gonzales picked up our arms to do a wave motion, the massage actually felt choreographed. When she moved our feet as if they were doing dance steps, we even started to wonder if we could master the same rhythm on our own, standing upright. (Not likely.) We especially liked that it let us say we enjoyed a Monday morning Mojito--since Gonzales uses a Mojito oil to help wake the body up during the massage.

As you can gather, this is not the kind of dreamy massage that sends you off into la-la land right there on the table. However, it does leave you feeling invigorated and refreshed and maybe a little bit sexier than before you went in. Which is just what you need on a Monday morning.

The Rhythm massage is $160 for 50 minutes. Our massage was courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton South Beach but all opinions expressed here are our own. If we were going to fib, would we tell you that we can't dance?

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