Customization is key at Body N Balance, which has locations in San Antonio and Corpus Christi. Music too loud? The staff happily adjusts the volume. Or they can fine-tune the lighting and temperature?that way, every private treatment room stays calibrated to each individual client's comfort level. The team (which includes male and female massage therapists) also consider the individual when it comes to their treatments.
They make suggestions for what best suits their clients' needs, whether that's a traditional Swedish massage or a Thai herbal spa massage that incorporates lemongrass, lime peel, and other antioxidants taste really good in a salad. Other body treatments even use chocolate, and Body N Balance's team happily combines and adjusts different services upon request. Whatever the service, the therapists only use hypoallergenic products.
Elevate Life Wellness's motto is "empowering peak performance," and it gets its clients through health and wellness challenges and changes by having pros, including doctors, nurses, dietitians, chiropractors, and trainers, directly supervise its programs. From health checkups to exercise classes to massages to weight-loss regimens, staffers treat and guide clients to a healthier lifestyle.
Don Hampton has dipped his toes in many waters, from working in a mobile disc jockey group to serving his country as a combat medic in the U.S. Army Reserves. But since 1996, he's channeled his energy into mastering his ultimate calling: massage.
At Healing Hands of Don, licensed massage therapist and sole practitioner Don kneads away aches and pains by practicing more than 10 massage modalities. Though versed in classic styles like Swedish, he also administers less common forms such as nemby massage, during which, feather-light strokes are accompanied by soothing aromatherapy and upbeat Afro-Latino jazz. Besides employing hot stones when necessary, he can also soothe knotted bodies with therapeutic Thai herbs wrapped in ball-shaped compresses or with stones hand-carved with Himalayan salt crystals, which can help balance the central nervous system.
After completing her massage studies at Texas Healing Arts Institute, Kristen Tagle tempered her skills in the fires of a local chiropractic office. She spent this time using modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, sports, and prenatal to treat muscular dysfunction while developing an understanding of how each helped soothe particular aspects of muscular stress. Now the owner of Heart & Sole Massage, Kristen works alongside therapists who demonstrate a similar commitment to these modalities and devise treatment strategies that address clients’ particular aches and pains. Initial consultations allow staffers to review each visitor’s medical history, past injuries, physical conditions, and ill-fitting nicknames, and after the sessions they can recommend exercises and self-care therapies to perform at home. A deep-blue couples room, meanwhile, allows those celebrating a date night or a platonic date night to enjoy the soothing power of massage together.
Blue Water Spa's licensed massage therapists rely on nine different massage styles to fight tension and ease stress. For instance, they use their full bodyweight to work out tension during barefoot ashiatsu and Ashi-Thai massages. Some staff also use intense pressure to relieve deeply held tension during her structural deep-tissue massages, whereas others specialize in lighter Swedish and aromatherapy massages. Several therapists are adept at performing sports massages, which are great for those injured on the field or typing vigorously in the press box.
A menu of add-ons, such as hot stones, Biofreeze cold-therapy pain relief, and foot scrubs, allow clients to concoct a custom treatment that meets their needs.
Getting walked all over has a negative connotation, but the massage therapists at Therapies Massage render it positively therapeutic. During Ashiatsu massage, they walk on clients' backs with their clean, bare feet while holding overheard parallel bars for balance. They also stretch clients into assisted yoga poses during Thai Yoga Massage, a style that incorporates reflexology's focus on the hands and feet. For more traditional kneads, clients can also opt for flowing Swedish strokes, more intense deep tissue massages, or the warmth of strategically-placed hot stones, which are more effective than a microwaved Mancala set.