Story written by Morgan Fliss
Sisters Mercy Terrill and Maggie Malast opened Divine Connections Massage and Spa with the vision to “be the leader in therapeutic and medical-grade massage therapy in the Tampa Bay area.” Their establishment –nestled in the Lutz/Land O’ Lakes/Northdale area– has been thriving as a part of the community for just over four years now.
Their backstory is a unique one. The sisters’ love for massage therapy began when they both were injured and used this type of therapy for rehabilitation. Maggie is a licensed Massage Therapist and Esthetician who graduated from Florida State University and the Sunstate Academy in Clearwater. She has over a decade of work experience in massage therapy and chiropractic care. Mercy was born with an eye disorder called Aniridia, and because of that is legally blind. She has used her hands as her sense of vision since birth, making her a natural at massage therapy. After almost completely severing her spine in college, she experienced healing through massage therapy and holistic medicine. Later in life, she returned to massage school and graduated from Sunstate Academy as well. “This is what I wanted to do. I wanted to pass forward the gift and the blessing that I was given,” Mercy said.
Divine Connections, located on Van Dyke Road near the Veterans Expressway, is open 7 days a week and has an array of unique aspects to their Spa. For one, they never cut out any hands-on time from the session length. Also, there are no contracts or monthly programs. Instead, they offer discounted packages that are always shareable and never expire. Lastly, each massage is personalized to the individual, with no extra charge in modalities such as deep tissue or trigger point therapy.
The biggest differentiator about Divine Connections is their emphasis on medical-grade therapy. Many of their clients are those suffering from car accident injuries, frozen shoulder pain, lack in range of motion, and the like. Other clients that commonly come in for therapeutic results include professional athletes, marathon and triathlon runners, or just anyone looking to relieve pain, including strains from a desk job.
“We want to make sure that people understand that the importance of massage is not for luxury, but rather for health treatment that helps the body. [Massage therapists] are a tool to help the body achieve health and wellness,” Mercy said.
Some services at Divine Connections are rare to find at other local spas. Last year they introduced CBD upgrades, which has become by far their most popular massage enhancement. Up to 100mg of Cannabis is used as a muscle relaxant to reduce soreness. It maximizes the therapeutic benefits of massage while acting as an anti-inflammatory. They have an entire page on their website dedicated to shedding light and information on this up-and-coming product in the massage industry. Another unique service of Divine Connections is the Far Infrared Therapy Bio-Mat. Far Infrared light and Negative Ions are conducted through Amethyst Crystals in the mat. Aside from its soothing warmth, it’s been proven to enhance sleep quality and strengthen the immune system. Clients can try their first 30-minute session for free. Many choose to regularly upgrade their massage to be on the Bio-Mat for maximum benefits.
Divine Connections also offers a wide variety of facial and skincare services to correct pigmentation, aging, blemishing and more. Between their hand-selected skincare brand, Elixir of Life, and the $10 upgrades to add microdermabrasion or chemical peels, their Facial Corrections Series aims to give clients their best, tailored results. Some other available skincare services include lash perming, lash and brow tinting, and waxing.
The sisters’ vision is for the spa to grow into a wellness center and provide more holistic services within the medical field. “We want to have a one-stop-shop here in this area,” Mercy said. Not only that, but they wish to provide these services at an affordable rate without compromising the value of its quality. “The divine difference is that we don’t do memberships or contracts. We do all modalities and we don’t charge extra for that,” Mercy explained.
The most popular deal offered by Divine Connections is their Buy-3-Get-1-Free massage packages. Their most popular package is for 60-minute massages, however, the same package is available for 30, 45, 90, and 120-minute massage sessions. For example, clients can purchase four 60-minute massages for the price of three, making each 60-minute massage an average of only $52.50, way less than the average price of a medical-massage. It’s perfect for the holiday season since all packages are shareable via gift certificate and never expire! If you want to give Divine Connections a try before getting a package, they now offer a new Intro Special at $59.95 for any new client’s first 60-minute massage.
As a local family-owned business, Divine Connections is also dedicated to giving back to the community. They always offer a 20% discount on regularly priced services to all first responders, teachers, medical personnel, and active/retired military personnel. “We love these people to come in because we appreciate their service to our community. We know they sometimes don’t get thanked for what they do, so we make sure to recognize them by honoring them with a discount.”
Divine Connections has continued to get outstanding reviews averaging 4.9 stars out of 5 on Google reviews. Previous clients have said that the spa is “by far the best” and has “amazing and professional service.” Many reviewers continually recommend the spa to others and compliment how relaxing and comfortable the environment is.
As the holiday rapidly approaches, Divine Connections is offering a seasonal special for the entire month of December. Get a $150 gift certificate at a 15% discount, bringing the total to $127.50. Or try their year-round staple: the $99 Rejuvenation Package, which includes a 60-minute massage, a 30-minute facial, and 30 minutes on the Far Infrared Therapy Bio-Mat. Call or stop in to make an appointment and start your Divine experience today!
Divine Connections Massage and Spa is located at 6052 Van Dyke Rd, Lutz, FL 33558
Phone: (813) 402-2959
Visit them online at DivineConnectionsMassage.com.