As advocates of health and beauty for the whole body, Krystal Kincaid and the team at The Natural Way offer customized facials, microdermabrasion, waxing treatments, and therapeutic massage. The studio fosters a passionate belief in natural remedies, and thus only uses natural and organic products—such as paraben-free serums from Skin by Ann Webb—when customizing each treatment to the client's individual issues, from easing acne problems to diminishing the signs of aging. The spa's far-infrared sauna has three spectrums of heat to penetrate the body and relieve pain, improve circulation, aid in weight loss, and boost cell immunity. Clients can augment these benefits by combining an infrared sauna session with a session of the spa's therapeutic massage. In fact, most treatments can be enhanced with an add-on, such as a hydrating foot scrub, or a peppermint cooling scalp massage.
Krystal's journey into the wellness trade began in Florida, where she earned her massage license. When she moved to Austin, her expertise in neuromuscular therapy and Swedish massage proved so impressive to the locals that she soon decided to open her own wellness spa. Her vision found its realization in The Natural Way, a suite spa with four private treatment rooms and a team of therapists who specialize in five types of therapeutic massage. Among these, the ancient method of ashiatsu is a standout. Its foot pressures are designed to ease chronic pains, increase blood flow, and reset the hard drive at the base of the spine.
When Martha Millan says, "Beauty shouldn't hurt," she's not peddling a slogan—her first job in the beauty industry literally caused her pain. Working at an upscale salon, her exposure to common hair and makeup products triggered hives and headaches. While searching for more natural goods for personal use, her research revealed unsettling truths about many industry product lines that often use irritating perfumes to mask the underlying odors of harsh chemicals. Feeling that everyone should have the opportunity to look beautiful without fear of harming health, she bought a salon and transformed it into Salon O Day Spa.
Amid Salon O Day's industrial decor, Millan and her team of stylists, aestheticians, and a massage therapist use products so natural that some are even edible, though Millan imagines the taste would leave something to be desired: barbecue sauce. Among the array of certified-organic, not-tested-on-animals, gluten- and chemical-free products, Millan's favorites include Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare, developed by an American physician who advocates against overexfoliation. For hair, stylists use products from lines including Surface Hair and Organic Color Systems, and during nail services, technicians use natural products from SpaRitual in tandem with scrubs made in-house from ingredients bought at a local co-op.
Lejeune Skin and Body Care owner Natalie Lejeune believes that clients deserve private, one-on-one attention to address their body's individual needs. Wielding her experience as a licensed aesthetician and massage therapist, she works with her staff to orchestrate custom treatments to rejuvenate skin. Together they refresh visages with advanced techniques including antioxidant facials to repair damaged skin and exfoliating peels to stimulate youthful glows. In addition, Lejeune Skin and Body Care offers individualized aromatherapy, acupressure, reflexology, and detoxifying wraps to clear energy pathways blocked by stress or the riddle-posing sphinxes that reside in most spleens.
Oak Haven Massage offers 30 private treatment rooms and appointment times between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Oak Haven Massage Austin features two chiropractors with a combined 35 years of experience. Since first opening in 2005, Oak Haven Massage has become one of the area's largest massage centers; it's also expanded its scope, helping to foster wellness with other services such as acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, and bedtime storytelling. Their newest offering is a home-massage service where thoroughly screened and highly skilled, licensed, and insured massage therapists come directly to your home or business.
Within softly lit treatment rooms, Complete Wellness? licensed massage therapists do more than just target muscle knots and tension. They can also help reduce migraine headaches or fibromyalgia pain with specialty massages or align energy pathways and create porcupine shadow puppets with acupuncture services. The healing experience starts well before the massage begins, as staff members welcome arriving clients into the tranquil environs with complimentary tea, coffee, or water.
Beauty Store Salon & Spa accentuates patrons' features with an archive of professional haircare products, cosmetics, skincare treatments, and boutique gifts. A staff of enthusiastic product specialists guides customers through aisles of accouterments to offer recommendations from 29 haircare lines, 8 nailcare designers, and a variety of bath and body products including Pre de Provence and Burt's Bees. OPI nail lacquers ensconce finger canvases in a spectrum of colors ($8.50), and MoroccanOil hair treatments infuse head gardens with antioxidants and vitamins to hydrate, strengthen, and revive strands ($40.80). Paul Mitchell shampoos ($7.99) and conditioners ($9.99) provide individualized care for specific types of hair, and Jane Iredale pure matte pressed finish powder graces pores with mineral foundations free of oil, dye, paraben, talc, and maple syrup ($36). In addition to body-beautifying products, Beauty Store Salon & Spa carries gift items including Trapp candles ($3.75), which fill living rooms with a sweet perfume packed with couch pheromones.