If you’re an athlete of any caliber, you know rest days are crucial to progression. Is there a better way to spend your day off than getting pampered at one of Miami’s best spas? I booked a massage that a friend gifted me at Tierra Santa Healing House and proceeded to have the best. day. ever. 

Located in a spacious sanctuary on the second floor of the Faena Hotel in Miami Beach, Tierra Santa Healing House feels as though the spa at a 5-star hotel and your favorite Tulum beach resort had a baby. Considered one of Miami’s best spas, Tierra Santa Healing House blends “shaman-developed body-healing rituals” with the luxuries of a traditional spa, resulting in an authentic and enjoyable healing experience.

I arrived 30 minutes early for my massage to enjoy all that the spa has to offer. After a first-class greeting and check-in process, I was led to the fabulous wet spa. To be honest, I find hammams to be the highlight of any spa experience, so I spent the entirety of my steam room, hammam, sauna, cold shower rotation completely elated. In hindsight, I would have given myself more time here. My only complaint about literally the entire day was that the cold cycles didn’t feel quite cold enough. 

After my hammam session, I enjoyed a cup of warm herbal tea and was escorted to the back for my massage. To prepare for the session, I chose my own chakra balancing essential oil scent (I chose palo santo), the lighting, and temperature.

My 80-minute Swedish massage at Tierra Santa Healing House was quite honestly one of the best massages I’ve ever received. In the past, I have found some of my luxury hotel spa massages to lack depth, but this was not that kind of experience. The pressure was perfect, my masseuse was obviously very skilled, and the entire experience flowed like magic. I topped off my massage with a 15-minute chakra harmonization. By the end, I was so relaxed I could barely stand. But, the hammam was calling me back.

After a couple more cycles in the wet spa, I headed out. The locker room is a lovely sanctuary in itself, but rather than primp for the day, I went straight to my beach chair (included with an 80+ minute session) to alternate between ocean dips and soaking in the perfect winter sun. 

If you are interested in alternative healing but don’t want to give up the luxury of a five-star spa, Tierra Santa Healing House is without a doubt one of the best options in Miami.