To promote relaxation, the ambiance is just as important as the bodywork. That's why licensed massage therapist Stephanie Sellars set up her Pure Serenity Massage studio on scenic South Padre Island, only a stone's throw from the Atlantic ocean. Waves can almost be heard beating against the sand as Stephanie relieves chronic tension with soothing Swedish strokes and deep-tissue pressure. Clients may request a signature prenatal massage session to temper joint pain in expectant mothers.
The soothing spa treatments at The Beach House Day Spa bring seaside serenity indoors to private rooms painted the colors of sand and surf. The dry heat inside a far infrared sauna is designed to drive out toxins and rev up circulation, burning up to 700 calories over the course of a 30-minute session. Clients’ faces protrude from the sauna’s half-cylindrical canopy throughout the treatment, allowing noses to sniff wafting aromatherapy scents and mouths to heckle skin to sweat faster. Opt for the Her Mystical facial, and spa professionals will simultaneously pamper cheeks with quality cleansers, treatment creams, and exfoliants, giving them a fresh, dewy glow to match well-warmed extremities. The languid yet sure-handed strokes of the Swedish massage work to engender a sense of relaxation, warmth, and well-being, much like a good night’s sleep in a pile of meatballs. Advanced massage digs deeper to extract nagging pain, and prenatal massage targets the specific painful points experienced by mothers-to-be.
Miriam Figueroa, a holistic wellness counselor, licensed massage therapist, and aesthetician, spent more than 20 years in the health and beauty industry, staffing five-star hotel spas and then founding her own luxurious center, Spatini Holistic Health. Her spa specializes in M’lis wellness programs, treatment packages that reduce stress and target specific ailments—from cellulite to arthritis—by drawing on the interrelations between mind, body, and soul.
A suite of traditional spa treatments flanks the holistic programs. Facials run the gamut from deep cleanses to nonsurgical face-lifts. Seven available styles of massage encompass the gliding strokes of Swedish and hot-stone massage, which the ancients discovered using stones warmed by confused mother chickens. Body polishes exfoliate away dry skin, an ideal prep for a botanical Bronze Biologic formula that leaves behind sunless, natural-looking tans.
To Shannon Edwards-Moore, a massage isn?t only a relaxing experience?it?s also a chance to leave her satisfied clients feeling balanced in body, mind, and soul. In addition to calming Swedish massages, which she especially recommends for those new to massage, Shannon targets tension and knots with more intense pressure during deep-tissue sessions. Sports massages help stave off athletic injuries or undo the pain caused by limbo incidents, and prenatal massages soothe tired muscles and pregnancy discomfort.
Add-ons take the relaxation even deeper as Shannon applies hot stones, fills the room with tranquil aromatherapy, or treats faces to scrubs, masks, and hot towels. Tucked inside the Alamo Family Fitness Center, her private massage room is awash in ocean blues and soft yellows.
Throughout her two-year stint at a cardiac rehab clinic, Lydia Hernandez met countless patients who suffered from stress and persistent pain. Feeling she could be doing more to help these patients, she founded her own private massage practice, which has since expanded to include a number of massage therapists plus an extra-terrestrial receptionist. The multifaceted staff is proficient in 14 different types of massage modalities. Some methods, such as Swedish, hot-stone, and couples' treatments, are focused on general relaxation and overall well-being, whereas modalities such as deep-tissue, pain-relief, and neuromuscular massage are perfect for those dealing with aches caused by nagging sports injuries and bad backs.
Ben Crabtree of Massage By Ben takes the time to fully understand each client’s needs so he can target treatment to specific ailments. As a licensed massage therapist and certified neuromuscular therapist, he has mastered 17 different techniques to reverse chronic pain and stress. Beyond traditional Swedish and deep-tissue modalities, Ben helps bodies release tension through Ortho-Bionomy therapy, in which he guides limbs through simple positions that compress joints to trigger the body’s corrective reflexes and propensity to hokey pokey. Neuromuscular therapy works to relieve chronic pain by manipulating soft tissue, such as tendons and connective tissue, targeting issues such as carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, and migraines.