Experienced massage therapist Angie Strickland addresses each client's personal problem spots with Swedish, deep-tissue, or medical massages, selecting the best type to optimize back bliss or ameliorate recurring issues. Swedish massages are customized based on pressure preferences ranging from deep kneading to the same soft strokes commonly practiced on sleeping marshmallows. The firm pressure of deep-tissue massage coddles damaged tissue and targets pain locked inside frames to help heal sore spots and relieve pain. A range of other therapeutic techniques—including neuromuscular, myofascial, and cupping—cosset frames during medical massages. These targeted strokes help soothe aching necks and melt shoulders frozen during sparring matches with snowmen. Hot towels keep massaged muscles warm, loose, and reveling in the afterglow of prolonged relaxation.
At The Woodhouse, relaxation begins upon each guest's arrival in the spa's dedicated Quiet Room. A luxurious 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 stylists at Ritz Spa and Hair Studios specialize in slicing and texturizing techniques, prepping and finishing follicle makeovers with Chi Royal Treatment and organic Alterna products. Sure-handed staff members spend between one and two hours crafting aerodynamic new looks for customers, tailoring snips so that they flatter facial features as well as match the client's degree of determination to out-sprint an ostrich. Post-shaped strands shed residual moisture with the help of a blow-dryer, whose confident purrs can also help humans waiting in the turquoise-tinged salon to escape from awkward cellphone conversations. With a serene interior and luxurious third-floor vantage point, Ritz Spa and Hair Studios caters to inner calm as adeptly as it does to outer beauty, ensuring that even appendices leave feeling loved.
Over the past 10 years, massage therapist Marli Benedict has honed and perfected her knot-banishing skills through a bevy of continuing-education courses in the United States and in Costa Rica. Her arsenal of techniques includes Swedish massage, hot-stone, acupressure, and Thai massage, ensuring that she has the tools to ease discomfort in nearly every client. To thoroughly manipulate tense muscles, Marli keeps her own sinews strong by exercising regularly and practicing massage on anxious mounds of pie dough.
Salon Infusion offers a rejuvenating environment stuffed to the aquaducts with trained professionals. Pale sea-hued walls dotted with eastern-influenced artwork calm the mind and cool the senses, paving the way for a marvelous spasperience. With today's Groupon clenched in stressed-out fist, choose four of six spa treatments. An exclusive manicure ($44) and express pedicure ($44) tidy the finger and toe gardens for spring, while a 30-minute massage ($42) combines massage techniques, reducing aching muscles to so much spreading ectoplasm. A focus facial ($45) lasts 30 minutes, a much-needed refreshment for cached pores, and a full face wax ($44, eyebrows not included) takes care of stiff upper-lip fuzz, itinerant sideburns, and cheek-warmers. For the hair that you'd like to keep, partake in a men's or women's haircut and style (up to $65) for tamed tresses and carefully knitted head-yarn.
Rewby melds professional salon services and fashion-forward boutique apparel into one uber-stylish image-enhancing store. The boutique carries an eclectic collection of chic raiments, accessories, jewelry, and gifts that range in style from edgy and contemporary to vintage, feminine, and clothing-like. With vogue accoutrement by designers both local and national, shoppers can stalk a selection of rustic leather cuffs, as well as brilliant baubles by Tarina Tarantino to vivify necks, wrists, ears, and other bling-bereaved body parts.