Normally being covered in mud is considered a bad thing. Not so at Massage for Healing. That's because the center's mud is filled with herbs and mineral-rich clay from the Dead Sea, blended to remove toxins and leave skin as soft as a teddy bear's neck pillow. However, mud treatments are just one of the staff members's services. They also offer various massage modalities. For example, smooth, heated stones melt muscle knots, and long, flowing Swedish strokes ease tension. And, during four-hand massages, an additional massage therapist joins in to double the relaxation.
Zada McGuire, owner of Natural Gifts Holistic Center, advocates using therapeutic massage and holistic health philosophies as an alternative to medication. In a calming atmosphere, McGuire and her team of therapists execute various massage and energy treatments to help clients to overcome emotional and physical hurdles.
"Craniosacral therapy is probably the most life-changing” of the center’s offerings, says McGuire. “We just corrected a lady with TMJ” using the technique's signature combination of massage and energy work. But McGuire and her team also heal with traditional massage therapy, reducing muscle tension and anxiety without medicine, harsh therapies, or industrial-size steamrollers. “People think it has to hurt for them to walk out and feel different, but that’s not the case,” McGuire says.
Since beginning her career in the spa industry more than 30 years ago in Sydney, Australia, Jenifer has developed a distinct skincare approach: she combines natural ingredients and science-based techniques to produce age-defying results. Her team of aestheticians helps improve the appearance of women's and men's skin using products made from essential oils, plants, and sea-based extracts. Some of these include moisturizers, hydrating ampules, and hydrating masks from Yon-Ka, anti-aging serums from Dr. Temt, and hummus stolen from Poseidon's fridge. The delicate scents of aromatherapy oils and melodies of soothing music fill the spa as staff members perform therapeutic massages such as neuromuscular and lymphatic massages, micro-current treatments, facials, microdermabrasions, and waxing services.
Urban Retreat in River Oaks has the bright lights, big city luxury spa experience down. Gleaming polished floors and shiny granite counters lead to wall-length windows with a downtown view, making for a spectacularly soothing environment. The spa offers everything from full body wrap treatments to celebrity-grade salon services and laser skin resurfacing treatments, while others may make appointments for a skin-tightening phototherapy session or Brazilian Keratin Straightener treatment. No matter what, the results are largely the same: smoother, younger-looking skin and a smile to show it all off. If that all sounds like the stuff of too much science fiction, guests can simply relax at Urban Retreat with massages, nail work and other contemporary pampering services.
The Old World elegance of an antique couch and a gilt-framed oil painting greets visitors to Amy's Skin Care, where the staff employs products developed in European laboratories to reduce stress and beautify bodies. Scientifically calibrated salves from Baden-Baden-based Biodroga grace visages during cleansing facials, and herbal Green Peels designed by a German dermatologist stimulate cell renewal without chemical additives. The multitalented staff also rejuvenates entire bods with customized massages, foot-based reflexology treatments, and cleansing full-body salt scrubs.
For the past seven years, licensed massage therapist Jennifer Tucker of Soul76 Massage Therapy has been unwinding her clients’ tense muscles. Known for her intuitive touch and for “allowing the body to tell [her] where the pain is,” she wields hands that are skilled in a number of modalities, including the gliding strokes of Swedish massage and the focused pressure of deep-tissue massage. Jennifer has also recently branched out into Eastern massage-therapy practices, installing an ashiatsu bar to hang on to for support while performing ashiatsu massages or challenging clients to chin-up competitions.