Russian Banya of Dallas whisks visitors from deep in the heart of Texas straight to Old-World Europe for traditional banya and sauna sessions and Russian delicacies from Citysearch's Best Deli of 2009. Upon entering the unassuming storefront, visitors receive a robe, towels, slippers, and keys for a locker and safe-deposit box, and staff members direct them toward the facility's showers. Once cleaned—which normally takes two full renditions of "Singing in the Rain"—visitors can choose to lounge in the wet heat of the wooden Russian banya, the dry heat of the wooden Finnish sauna, or the 100% humidity of the tiled steam room.
Though the staff recommends novice sauna sitters cool down naturally after their first session, they offer an invigorating 42-degree plunge pool for more experienced visitors to hop in after steaming. The staff also doles out optional venik massages that use chilled bundles of steamed birch, oak, or eucalyptus leaves to help to open pores and pump up metabolisms.
After draining themselves of sweat, toxins, and the desire to experience life as a steamed carrot, visitors can refuel with natural fruit juices and a menu of made-from-scratch Russian, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Polish, and Armenian food at the BYOB deli. The eatery serves lunch and dinner, hosts events and parties, and stages live music every Saturday.
To get an idea of the kinds of services offered at Carrollton Square Salon & Spa, you need only look up. In one of the treatment rooms, a tent hovers over the massage bed, ready to catch clouds of toxin-dispersing steam. In another room, the ceiling’s wooden bars allow trained ashiatsu practitioners to buoy and balance themselves while massaging clients' backs with their feet. The only thing you'll find on the ceiling of the relaxation room is soft, recessed lighting and the trapped cartoon-bubble sighs of stress relief left behind by previous guests.
The salon and spa harnesses the historic charm of downtown Carrollton and is filled with friendly, down-to-earth staffers. This combination won over readers of the Carrollton Leader, who voted it the Best Spa and Best Massage in 2012.
The staff at Darque Tan learned the science of tanning through Smart Tan certification, which they rely on to design efficient, safe regimes for each client's skin type. Five levels of PCTan beds and booths can bronze skin with as few as 12 minutes of UV exposure while enveloping skin in cooling mist. Automated airbrush tanning in VersaSpa or Mystic Tan booths create even, natural-looking color that masks scars and stretch marks. Darque Tan's pursuit of convenience is further exemplified with business hours that span seven days a week, a minimum of 20 beds per location, and rec rooms where kids can read and watch TV. A crew of professional cleaners details each of the facilities according to a rigorous 50-point inspection and tips gleaned from reading Mr. Clean's LiveJournal.
During a Men’s Fitness photo shoot for the article “One-Off Workout: A Cardio Replacement Routine,” fitness model Tim McComsey lifted a barbell and held a dead-lift pose as the cameras flashed. The article explains five exercises requiring stellar form, and shows pictures of McComsey executing each one accordingly. As a National Academy of Sports Medicine–certified trainer at TRyM Fitness, McComsey demonstrates the same level of expertise while he shows how to perform lifts properly during personal-training sessions, fitness boot camps, and piano-tossing tournaments. Most of his workouts rely on a mix of plyometric, TRX training, and bodyweight exercises. To augment his clients’ results, McComsey draws upon his dietitian training to offer online meal plans.
Fit & Beautiful Medical Spa has assembled a team of experts to perform its roster of beauty-boosting treatments. With a background in biochemistry, osteopathology, and family medicine, Dr. Guillermo Fuentes has the know-how to defeat wrinkles with injectable solutions. Heather Bronstad—an aesthetician certified by National Laser Institute—harnesses the power of light to dismantle follicles, eradicate spider veins, and destroy undeveloped film of people kissing their bathroom mirrors. After growing up in her mother's salon, Tracie McKenzie went on to forge her own path in the beauty and skincare industry as a licensed aesthetician, and she now improves the texture and tone of epidermises with lactic and glycolic chemical peels as well as designer peels by SkinMedica.
After 18 years spent helping her clients get the hairstyles of their dreams, Kara Evans was finally able to realize her own lifelong dream of opening her own salon. Since March of 2012, she’s helmed the wheel of Bella Tula Salon, where her scissoring and hair coloring skills are complemented by other aesthetic services such as special occasion makeup. Hair remains her greatest passion, however, so she pulls products by Kuene and Pureology to aid her as she tends to the tresses of both men and women. Beyond custom cuts, her specialties include corrective color and thermal straightening, as well as children’s mohawks, which give kids the extra inches they need to finally ride roller coaters by themselves.