Carolina Delon believes her calling is to heal people physically.
The Venezuela native is one of the massage therapists at Miami Holistic Space known as MIHOS, a space that focuses on helping the body cure itself naturally.
“I love working here,” Delon said. “It’s good to know you’re at a place with healing energy where good things are being done.”
MIHOS is one of the new places in Little Haiti that promotes physical and mental well being through massage therapy. With five separate rooms and different services MIHOS has a common area used for events and a backyard for guests to enjoy a quiet space after a service.
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Vincenzo Conticello, 56, who goes by his spiritual name Shakti Vin, is one of the main founders at MIHOS. He got his start in healing in the 80s when he left Italy in search of furthering his education.
While in India, Osho, a guru and spiritual teacher, gave him advice he didn’t forget.
“A teacher is supposed to give you love. If you ask the teacher how much they are going to charge and they give you a number then they are not your teacher,” Conticello said, “but if you ask and they don’t give you a price then they are your teacher because love has no value.”
Conticello, who then traveled to Nepal, was received by family at no cost for two years and learned through the husband and wife Nepalese massage as well as its principles for up to 13 hours a day at their school in the countryside outside of Kathmandu.
Upon leaving the family Conticello said he learned his life’s lesson — to love other people despite their circumstances. Training at the same school with people who had been homeless or suffered addictions it became clear to him that his purpose was to love and heal others around him through spiritual connection and physical therapy.
At the new location Conticello focuses on a Nepalese-style massage also known as Namaste massage.
Conticello said it’s more like an emotional therapy because here he connects with people in a less conventional manner. Creating a space for both him and the client he begins by asking personal questions for a deeper connection with the client. Once the physical therapy begins he joins his body to the clients creating a rocking motion between the two. The stretches and pulls release the body of any tension and then he focuses on the pelvic area. Conticello said that these massages help ailments linked to the reproductive organs as well as any sexual disorders of the body and promotes emotional healing.
Kelly Jones who had the Namaste massage said it helped her focus on the intentions she has for her life.
“He notes the areas in my life I want to pay attention to,” said Jones, 38, of her massage with Conticello. “I felt fantastic after. I felt light, it was nothing but bliss.”
MIHOS provides different types of services including a Lomilomi massage, a Hawaiian style massage given in long strokes that begin at the foot and end by the head representing waves of the ocean and a Chakra Balancing Massage used to balance the seven nonphysical energetic points in the body. The center also has an acupuncturist and nutritionist on site.
Conticello wants to service everyone in the community including those with physical pain as well as people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease because physical touch aids in bringing back memories he said.
MIHOS is also working on bringing meditation, yoga classes, local art exhibits and as well as renting out the space for other activities such as their monthly silent movie party. For now, Conticello is embracing the new space which he says is located in an area where a lot of people are focused on spiritual healing.
“There are a lot of churches on our street,” Conticello said. “This area is experiencing a spiritual awakening and I’m glad to be a part of it.”
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If you go
What: Miami Holistic Space
Where: 4000 NW 2nd Ave.
Info: 786-626-9080 or visit www.mihos.org