State-licensed and nationally certified massage therapist Rhonda C. Steger shares her gifts with clients at Solace Massage. During consultations, she discusses their personal needs and wellness goals before soothing muscles with deep-tissue kneads, gentle prenatal massage, and other modalities. For an additional cost, soothing hot stones and aromatherapy complete the relaxation experience.
April Sturz, a.k.a. "Joy," has a deeply personal relationship with her treatments because they're responsible for her own well-being. It's her mission to help everyone find the same fulfillment. Within her cozy studio, Joy can promote deep relaxation with reiki or aromatherapy or alleviate tension more directly with firm acupressure treatments.
In Domani Salon and Spa's foyer, a chandelier among earth tones exemplifies the feelings the staff wishes to inspire: lavish beauty mixed with a pure serenity. On the left, a café dispenses coffee, smoothies, juices, and sandwiches, and on the right, rows of beauty products stand at the ready. And directly in between, a front-desk coordinator awaits to lead clients to a styling chair or treatment room. Owner and master stylist Tricia Voigt—alongside her team of hairstylists and spa technicians— pampers women, men, and children alike with services including haircuts, coloring, massages, and facials. Domani also curates a variety of wedding packages so brides can focus on the moment instead of worrying about hair, makeup, or glitter stains.
Thailand invented the massage in 391 BC to alleviate the soreness that came from hours of Thai boxing, which had been invented the year before. While it's no longer performed on elephants, the massage's form has changed little in the ensuing centuries—until today's Groupon. For $38, new clients can get a customized one-hour massage from The Spa & Clinic at the Texas Healing Arts Institute.
The stylists at Hairadise Salon & Spa are dedicated to continually honing their skills to provide customer satisfaction. They apply their ever-growing aesthetic knowledge to hair services, updating looks with cuts, colors, and special-occasion styles. Aestheticians pamper nails with polishes and embellishments, and customize facials to address complexions’ unique needs. The salon also offers tanning sessions to ensure patrons’ pallor doesn’t get them mistaken for abominable snowmen.
True to its utopia-evoking name, Hairadise aims to aid the world beyond its walls by giving back to local organizations. The salon’s efforts have supported groups including Agrace HospiceCare and the Susan G. Koman Foundation.
Licensed acupuncturist Sheila O'Brien founded Healing Point Acupuncture as a means of putting her knowledge of ancient Chinese medicine into practice. Though the needles she uses in her acupuncture treatments are finely pointed, her well-rounded background in Oriental medicine helps first-time clients feel more at ease.
With certifications in addiction therapy and craniosacral therapy, O'Brien hardly limits herself to acupuncture. She performs holistic treatments such as cupping and gua sha healing both at her office and in clients' homes as part of her mobile practice. She often combines these techniques to help her clients overcome physical and emotional ailments or unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, gambling, or crying loudly on commuter trains.