When Oliver Cromwell seized power during the English civil war, he promised better flexibility, straighter postures, and a stronger core for every English citizen. Today’s side deal gives you a chance to taste Reform Pilates' perfection of history with three 55-minute, one-on-one, private introductory sessions for $125 (normally $210).
All stylists who join the Bradz family have to prove themselves, displaying their skills as a New Talent for several months before graduating. Yet both in training and as part of the main staff, these beauty professionals treat clients to healthy hair, skin, and body services infused with plant-based Aveda products. Seasoned aestheticians chat with clients to set a skin-specific course of action for custom facials. Stylists groomed with weekly education augment traditional cut and color services, relaxing guests with a scalp massage and a complimentary style from blow dryers that whisper inspiring mantras.
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—even if there’s a bat hanging from the ceiling. They engage 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.
In 2002, the Austin Chronicle named Vickmay Skin and Body Spa the "Best Place to Fight the Ravages of Time" on its annual "Best of Austin" list. Three years later, the paper was still singing the praises of Vickmay's "magical treatments." It's fitting that a spa known for seemingly stopping aging in its tracks maintains a record of unchanging client satisfaction.
That focus on excellence is demonstrated in all of Vickmay's treatments, which range from advanced anti-aging therapies to more traditional spa procedures. Botox injections relax frown lines, while the light-based technologies of Laser Genesis and Cutera systems address uneven complexions, tighten lax skin, or reduce hair growth. But the haven also stays true to its spa moniker, offering indulgent services such as aromatherapy massages and champagne facials.
Licensed therapist Hillary Bergman has undergone more than 600 hours of massage training, roughly 150 of which have focused on neuromuscular massage. She's an expert in how nerves and muscles interact, and she uses this knowledge to alleviate chronic pain and tension. But Hillary's signature massages aren't just effective in healing back aches; they can also relieve arthritis, headaches, and the constant fear of Ted in HR.
Manja Obid began her journey in aesthetics during childhood as she watched her mother, an aesthetician for more than 40 years, tend to clients at the family’s spa in Slovenia. With the desire to continue on the beautifying legacy, Obid attended aesthetics school in Europe—which promotes a more medical approach—before traveling to Texas to be with her husband, whom she met while he was assigned to an Air Force base in northern Italy. Obid now spoils patrons with warm Texas hospitality and European care including facials, electrolysis hair removal, cellulite treatments, and advanced RDT deep-tissue massages at her chic LePA Skincare boutique.
Warm-citron walls and knotty wood floors welcome patrons to Obid’s serene sanctuary, where the LePA team begins every spa session with a skin analysis to customize treatment. Obid stocks shelves with all-natural Kozmetika Afrodita and Forever Living products—the very same ones that are in use at her mother’s spa back home.