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.
Aloha Wellness Center strives to be a relaxing getaway for patients to heal from injuries, increase their mobility, or simply recover from everyday stress. After beginning a career as an engineer, William English, DC, now owns Aloha Wellness Center, where he and his team counteract the debilitating effects of scar tissue caused by injuries and daily stresses. They take a multifaceted approach, treating a variety of painful conditions with gentle touch chiropractic adjustments, rehabilitative protocols, and massage therapy to help patients achieve proper alignment and balance. Dr. English has treated a wide variety of patients, from professional athletes, to individuals seeking greater mobility and patients wanting to heal following an injury, and relays his recommendations for healthy living during Ultimate Lifestyle Workshops in the community.
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in anatomy and becoming a doctor of chiropractic, Dr. English studied the Graston technique as part of his postgraduate training. This technique utilizes a stainless-steel instrument to break down muscular restrictions. He and his staff also loosen connective tissues with rehabilitative therapy such as myofascial release, active release, and advanced stretching techniques.
Viva Day Spa?s owners focus on providing all the services and amenities one would expect from a luxurious spa without an ounce of pretentiousness. At both of the spa?s locations, staffers never turn their noses up?the spa was named Best Spa by the Austin Chronicle in 2012 and tied for best in 2011. The staff engages clients with this down-to-earth attitude as they prepare them for massages, facials, and other spa treatments?all of which are administered by award-winning therapists armed with natural and organic products. Both Viva Day Spa locations feature an upscale, modern decor rife with wood accents, and the Lamar location displays perky plants and colorful flowers, as well as whimsical yellow puffy orb lights, natural sunlight, and arched doorways with intricate wood carvings. One of its walls showcases a large expanse of lettering that gives ?suggestions on how to live a happy and rewarding life,? and there?s even a round room with a curved, pillow-topped bench circumscribing its curved wall. With warm, almost romantic lighting and rich mocha-colored walls, the spa is anything but sterile and cold. The female-owned spa works to accommodate people?s hectic schedules by staying open seven days a week until 8 p.m.
Kathy Bates has read a novel's worth of scribbled doctor's prescriptions in her malady-marred life. One was for her seizure in 1978, another for her severe post-childbirth ailments in 1988, and a final one for her broken spine and subsequent back injury in 1994. This pain- and frustration-filled journey instilled Bates with two things: a distrust of overprescribed drugs and an unwavering commitment to well-being.
At Natural Body Contouring of Austin, Bates uses holistic cables to jump-start healthful lifestyles, especially following childbirth. Her method of choice is the BeautyTek Belly Reducer, which emits a low-frequency electrical current that can help turn on the body's natural healing mechanisms when they are thrown off by pregnancy or turned off by the electrical company. The noninvasive treatment can result in tighter skin, diminished stretch marks, and vanquished fatty deposits. Her background in massage therapy imbues each step of the treatment with a concern for physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
One morning as Ann Marie was curling her lashes before school, the phone rang. Instead of putting down her eyelash curler, she held it in place as she walked toward the phone, but then tripped over a book and pulled most of her lashes out. Shaken and stirred to action by the incident, she began researching remedies and discovered permanent eyelash extensions. The event inspired her to open Princess Lashes, a beauty boutique where Ann Marie not only augments clients’ lash lines but also certifies other aestheticians in the art of extensions, an art that can be applied during tax season and when trying to make one’s child eligible for the NBA.