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.
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.
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.
Together Drs. Ho and Q boast more than 25 years of experience as practicing chiropractors. During this time, they have come to understand the importance of fusing their expertise with a friendly staff and gentle treatments to maximize their patients’ experiences. With these tenets at heart, they administer spinal and postural screenings and adjustments along with corrective exercise classes, lifestyle workshops, and nutritional counseling to provide a holistic approach to wellness.
Because all of the hairstylists at TréusDell Salon & Spa have a minimum of five years of professional experience, they’re able to offer virtually any hair service under the Texas sun. Specialties range from the latest cuts and coloring techniques to feather-lock and micro-cylinder hair extensions, straightening procedures, and nourishing scalp treatments. The expansive beauty haven is also home to talented aestheticians, massage therapists, nail technicians, and professional makeup artists.
Throughout the staff-decorated space, music creates a relaxing and inviting ambiance. At each of the three locations, a boutique area showcases purses, shoes, and ballroom gowns—must-haves for a beauty pageant or an evening spent convincing people you’re a Norwegian princess.
At Intrigue by Colour Salon and Spa, owner and national educator for Paul Mitchell Elizabeth Montes oversees a eminently qualified staff of stylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians. Nail technicians scrub and polish hands and feet with extensive mani-pedi services, whereas stylists transform tresses with highlights, lowlights, extensions, and Brazilian Blowouts. Specialized facials smooth and exfoliate the skin with custom peels and microdermabrasion treatments, and soothing massages melt away stress and assuage soreness and pain.