At her eponymous medical laser spa—which has attracted media attention from Great Day SA and KABB Fox 29’s Daytime @ 9—Dr. Elizabeth McRae draws on 20 years of experience to enhance exteriors with noninvasive procedures. Starting with the face, she and her team of nurses rejuvenate complexions with treatments ranging in intensity from a classic European facial to intense-pulsed-light therapy. Visages that have begun to sag or accrue wrinkles from years of staring at a Rubik’s cube are smoothed with Botox or dermal fillers such as Juvéderm. Clients maintain their looks at home with beauty products from brands such as Obagi and SkinCeuticals.
In addition to pampering faces, Dr. McRae caters to entire bodies with Zerona laser body-slimming treatments and laser hair removal. She also uses minimally invasive ultrasonic liposuction to suction out liquefied fat and stockpiled cotton candy.
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.
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 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.
BoHo Skincare Boutique & Spa owner Pilar Anderson makes sure her dedication to earth-friendly practices is transparent at her comfortably luxurious spa. The licensed para-medical aesthetician, nationally certified massage therapist, and yoga practitioner wields a slew of eco-conscious products from lines such as Farmaesthetics and local company Farmhouse Fresh, the latter of which boasts many paraben-free, gluten-free, and vegan products carefully packaged by the farm's amiable chickens. During soothing spa appointments, Anderson treats skin to vitamin-packed formulas that rejuvenate and hydrate while eschewing chemicals and harmful toxins.
A special event is when you need beauty treatments most, so it shouldn't be surprising that Simply Serene Salon and Spa fills out its team of hair stylists, nail technicians, massage therapists, and skincare experts with professional event planners. Whether clients are planning to walk down the aisle or just need an image pick-me-up, they can revamp their look with cuts, color applications, and hair texture services, or with one of more than 10 facials. For the rest of the body, the spa also offers soothing manicures and pedicures, waxing treatments, and professional massages.