The front doors of Skin Spa Austin Lounge open to a studio with an industrial yet comforting aesthetic, where sunlight spills in through the broad windows and warms the exposed-brick walls and bronze-colored floor. Within this space that both celebrates and seals out the savage urban jungle, aestheticians and massage therapists tend to guests with à la carte and packaged spa services that span facials, massage, waxing, and even LED teeth whitening. Skin Spa's staff prefers organic and pharmaceutical-grade products, stocking lines such as HydroPeptide that teem with active enzymes and botanical extracts.
Rub Massage Austin’s owner, nationally certified massage therapist Glen Taylor, expunges tension nestled within sinews and stress-addled minds via custom massages inside a newly minted studio space. During each lengthy massage, Glen layers a number of advanced techniques—including deep tissue, trigger point, and myofascial release—atop a sturdy foundation of Swedish-massage techniques to craft a one-of-a-kind massage customized to each client’s personal needs. Ideal for those with active lifestyles, such as athletes, dancers, and life-size hamster-ball testers, Glen’s curative blitzkrieg of fierce strokes and deep stretches deftly melts muscles while easing crippling aches and bolstering range of motion.
You can restore stressed complexions clogged with everyday damages at this locally owned space. Using pure, plant-based, cow-milk-free products from Aveda, you'll be treated to the one-hour Results Focus Facial. An expert, friendly aesthetician will first consult with you to determine skin type before designing a completely customized treatment with personalized products, essential oils, and facial techniques. There are four categories of facial, including Infinity Nature (for normal to dry skin), Air Nature (for dehydrated and older skin), Fire Nature (for irritated skin), and Earth/Water Nature (for normal to oily skin). The treatment will help alleviate environmental damage and signs of stress stemming from accidentally enrolling in medical school.
It wasn’t a coincidence that Aziz Salon and Day Spa was named after the word for “dear friend” or “loved one.” Since its inception in 1973, Aziz has been treating its clients as treasured friends, personably pampering and beautifying them. Knowledgeable and affable staff members take their time with each client as they cut and color hair, blanket nails in dazzling hues, or affix Xtreme eyelash extensions for Xtreme Prom, which involves jumping dirt bikes over limos. Also a testament to its concern and care for its clients is the salon’s use of renowned product lines such as Kérastase, CosMedix, and ZENT, which harness natural ingredients such organic shea butter to gently soothe skin and hair.
Getting walked all over has a negative connotation, but the massage therapists at Therapies Massage render it positively therapeutic. During Ashiatsu massage, they walk on clients' backs with their clean, bare feet while holding overheard parallel bars for balance. They also stretch clients into assisted yoga poses during Thai Yoga Massage, a style that incorporates reflexology's focus on the hands and feet. For more traditional kneads, clients can also opt for flowing Swedish strokes, more intense deep tissue massages, or the warmth of strategically-placed hot stones, which are more effective than a microwaved Mancala set.