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.
Inspired by Native American traditions of the Southwest, the staff at Sage & Sweetgrass Wellness Spa provides holistic therapies to soothe body, mind, Earth, and soul. Their services are a blend of old and new, from rose-quartz facials and chakra-balancing sessions to Botox and laser-hair removal. A full roster of yoga and mediation classes also encourages inner peace, much like holding an inner United Nations peace summit.
True to its name, Organic Day Spa offers a range of services incorporating natural elements such as tropical fruit, green tea, and lavender. Pedicure chairs and manicure stations line opposite sides of the spa, where guests settle in for mani-pedis augmented by green-tea scrubs, milk-and-honey massage cream, and paraffin. You also can opt for waxing services and refreshing facials. Complimentary soft drinks and bottled water come with each service, and patrons older than 21 can even sip red or white wine during the spa?s pampering treatments.
Don Hampton has dipped his toes in many waters, from working in a mobile disc jockey group to serving his country as a combat medic in the U.S. Army Reserves. But since 1996, he's channeled his energy into mastering his ultimate calling: massage.
At Healing Hands of Don, licensed massage therapist and sole practitioner Don kneads away aches and pains by practicing more than 10 massage modalities. Though versed in classic styles like Swedish, he also administers less common forms such as nemby massage, during which, feather-light strokes are accompanied by soothing aromatherapy and upbeat Afro-Latino jazz. Besides employing hot stones when necessary, he can also soothe knotted bodies with therapeutic Thai herbs wrapped in ball-shaped compresses or with stones hand-carved with Himalayan salt crystals, which can help balance the central nervous system.
Customization is key at Body N Balance, which has locations in San Antonio and Corpus Christi. Music too loud? The staff happily adjusts the volume. Or they can fine-tune the lighting and temperature?that way, every private treatment room stays calibrated to each individual client's comfort level. The team (which includes male and female massage therapists) also consider the individual when it comes to their treatments.
They make suggestions for what best suits their clients' needs, whether that's a traditional Swedish massage or a Thai herbal spa massage that incorporates lemongrass, lime peel, and other antioxidants taste really good in a salad. Other body treatments even use chocolate, and Body N Balance's team happily combines and adjusts different services upon request. Whatever the service, the therapists only use hypoallergenic products.