At The Woodhouse, relaxation begins upon each client's arrival in the spa's dedicated Quiet Room. A fluffy robe drapes around their shoulders, reflexology sandals lightly massage their feet, and mugs of loose-leaf tea warm their lips as they await the start of their services. The spa's product selection reflects a similar attention to detail: employees fill the shelves with natural, organic, and wild-crafted products. They also go the extra mile to include small extras with each session, such as home-care recommendations after facial treatments and foot-cleansing with each massage. The award-winning spa was voted best spa by the readers of the San-Antonio Express-News, and was deemed best spa and best massage by readers of San Antonio Magazine.
The licensed specialists at Hair Tech Plus channel their talents and extensive knowledge of styling trends to sculpt hair and face clay into artistic treasures. Entrust tangled mop tops to skilled scissor fingers and experience the betterment of a finely tailored cut for women ($27) and men ($18). A deep-conditioning treatment will uplift those whose lives are suppressed under the reign of consistently frizzy follicles, prompting smooth-haired parties complete with split-end shaped piñatas ($12). Express your inner self by altering imparted hues with a single-step coloring ($53), bringing unscathed blond locks to a temptress red or temptress red locks to a clowny rainbow. Those with insufficient fluttering abilities can elongate eyelashes (a $140 value) to an ample, Bambi-like length with the aid of extensions and artificial intelligence. Hair Tech Plus also offers waxing services to rid the chin ($8), eyebrows ($12), or lip areas ($8) of unwanted fuzz, revealing the pristine planes beneath.
Close your eyes. Picture a country cottage surrounded by rose gardens. Now walk in and lie down. A team of massage therapists stands at the ready to apply warm towels to your sore muscles. Just as the first whiff of lavender and peppermint reaches your nose, you feel their practiced hands press down on your knotted muscles and overworked joints. Or maybe you feel warm and soft as a layer of gentle exfoliants, botanical body butters, and moist towels wrap your body to soothe and nourish your skin. After what feels like hours, you slowly rise from the table, muscles loose and skin soft. Before you can say thank you, you're handed a free bottle of spring water to wash down a selection of sweet chocolates. The scent of aromatherapy oils fades away as you leave the spa haven, and the smell of fresh roses ushers you outside. The country opens up in front of you. Now open your eyes.
It's not a dream. The quaint country cottage surrounded by rose gardens, the gentle massage therapists, the free chocolates—it's all very real at Blue Monarch Massage, where bodies benefit from the mother and daughter team’s years of collective experience delivering pain-relief and relaxation. The duo’s attention to detail turns simple spa services into full-blown, luxurious experiences with amenities such as free chocolates, hot-towel applications, and aromatherapy oils.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all of the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
A.R.T. Massage Body Spa takes its name from the three adjectives that describe each one of its services: advanced, relaxing, and therapeutic. The staff promises their clients will enjoy the latest techniques designed to both soothe the mind and relieve specific needs. Massage therapies thwart tension and improve range of motion, and custom spray tans give skin a sun-kissed glow without having to find a sun-size box of chocolates first. Using Éminence Organic products, the staff cleanses skin and fights signs of aging during signature, cleansing, or organic express facials with blends of organic herbs, fruits, and vegetables rich with nutrients.
Set inside a 1920s bungalow, the spa decorates each private room in modern decor with subtle touches, such as finger bells and aromatics, that appeal to all senses. Before or after treatments, patrons can peruse a selection of clothing, candles, handbags, and jewelry inside the spa’s retail area, which also sells the Éminence Organic skincare line.
The licensed and trained team at Glow Hair Salon & Spa transforms exteriors with quality products in a classic yet contemporary atmosphere. Inside the salon, stylists create new looks with cuts, highlights, and straightening services featuring the botanically based Pureology line. Spa specialists reinvigorate skin with anti-aging facials for both men and women and employ glo therapeutics formulas during custom peels, which exfoliate away dead skin cells accidentally accumulated during late-night séances. Massage therapists soothe weary muscles within the electric-blue walls of Glow's new location, whose grand opening was celebrated in late 2011. Glittering chandeliers and an antique-style dresser juxtapose harmoniously with modern black leather sofas that harbor a secret love of big-band music.