At The Woodhouse, relaxation begins upon each client's arrival in the spa's dedicated Quiet Room. A luxurious robe drapes around their shoulders, reflexology sandals lightly massage their feet, and cups 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 best spa and best massage by readers of San Antonio Magazine.
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.
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.
Holding an MD and a PhD in immunobiology, Dr. Reza Ghohestani heads up an institute devoted both to the treatment and clinical study of hair, skin, and nail diseases. The more than 100 scientific papers and dermatology-themed comics he has published or presented reflect Dr. Ghohestani's continuing quest to find the most efficient remedies for acne, psoriasis, fungal infections, wrinkles, cellulite, and unwanted body hair. His clinic won both the Talk of the Town award for excellence in customer satisfaction and the Patients’ Choice Award in 2011 and 2012 thanks to the staff's caring attitude toward patients and their privacy.
Signature Service: Sugar Salt Scrub, Hot Towel Stone Massage
Brands Used: Shellac, OPI, Gelish
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: Please Turn off your cell phone for complete relaxation.
Erica Smith knows which haircut best complements a strong jawline, and what hue of highlights makes brown eyes pop. That's because she has been cutting, coloring, and styling hair for nearly two decades. At Salon by JC, she works with all tress types to create beautiful looks, ranging from elegant updos to stylish roller sets. In addition to haircare services, Erica also removes unwanted fuzz and milk mustaches from upper lips.