Janet Jones, founder of Miami-based dance cardio class Vixen Workout, gives Culture Trip the scoop on the city’s best beauty treatments, healthy meals and wellness practitioners.
When Janet Jones was laid off from her corporate job, she saw it as an opportunity to revive her love of dance. Jones set out to devise a class where women could step out of their roles as mothers and professionals and fully focus on themselves. Her creation, Vixen, is an empowering, endorphin-boosting workout that now boasts tens of thousands of fans cross five countries. In many ways Vixen is the quintessential Miami workout – flirtatious, confident, and sure to incite a good time.
We asked the Miami entrepreneur for wellness recommendations to help balance your next visit to this city.
Smoothie Bar, Healthy
Raw Jūce has a menu full of the yummiest smoothies, açaí bowls and organic cold pressed juices. Whether you’re on the go or have time to dine in, its nutritious menu items can always be counted upon to fuel you up in a healthy way.
I love the Carillon Miami Wellness resort because of the variety of wellness activities on offer. Catch some sun on the beach or by the pool (there are several!), check out the fitness area, or visit the spa, which has treatments unlike anything else in Miami. I recommend using the thermal experience – a hydrotherapy circuit designed to emphasize the wellness-boosting properties of water. Moving from steam to sauna to spa and hydropool is the perfect way for my body to recover from my intense schedule.
Pura Vida offers healthy pick-me-ups | Courtesy of Pura Vida Miami INC.
I absolutely LOVE the Mango Salmon bowl and the Welcome to Miami smoothie at Pura Vida – a health food restaurant run by a husband and wife team. The whole menu is great – locally sourced and allergy-friendly with really high quality ingredients – and these two options in particular are both loaded with flavor. They make the greatest midday pick-me-ups.
Dr Elizabeth Trattner – an acupuncturist and health coach – is a true Gem, and her Signature Acupuncture Facial is pure heaven! She starts the soothing treatment by placing crystals around your body to ground you. Then she uses ancient Chinese methods like Gua Sha (a flat crystal tool used to massage the face) and facial cupping (soft suctioning cups applied to stimulate the skin) and acupuncture. The needles she uses are so fine you don’t even feel them! The treatment finishes with Elizabeth placing gemstones on your face to balance you out – it makes for the most epic Instagram post!
Love Life Cafe offers up plant-based cuisine | Courtesy of Love Life Cafe
Love Life Cafe is my go-to for clean, plant-based meals. Its smoothies are so nutritious, not to mention completely delicious. My favorite is Tropical Flow, which contains berries, mango, pineapple and dates blended with almond milk. It’s packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber to fill me up and sustain me throughout the day.
This dance studio in Wynwood is the original home of my business, Vixen Workout. Tap into your inner JLO and Beyonce and enjoy a fitness experience like no other – think a performance-style lighting and sound-system, sweat-dripping moves and a supportive community of women. You’ll burn between 400 and 1,000 calories and have so much fun in the process.