It's called the million-dollar stretch. After placing both palms on the hip joint, she slides one hand up the back, and the other hand down the leg––a soothing traction that is a favorite among her massage clients. Jasmine Painter has always loved healing, from her first job selling vitamin and essential oils, to today, working as a fully licensed massage therapist. While Sunlight cascades through her studio's peach curtains, client aches surrender to flowing hot stone therapy, Swedish strokes, and deep-tissue pressure.
BlushThis Salon & Beautique is a self-proclaimed one-stop shop for beauty care. The staff offers haircuts for women, men, and children along with wedding beauty packages for brides-to-be and vain fathers-in-law. Makeup applications and spray-tan sessions round out the boutique’s menu of exterior beauty services. To bolster inner beauty, an in-house team of licensed massage therapists performs a range of custom therapies.
Just because licensed massage therapist Karoline Eubank Marks has worked on the Philadelphia 76ers doesn’t mean you need to be a famous athlete or a mathematically automorphic number to indulge in her services. At Austin ReVital Massage, Karoline performs customized Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages on all manner of clients, whether they’re seven-foot tall rebounding machines or white-collar office dwellers. In addition to easing chronic backaches, tension, and headaches with traditional massage services, Karoline can put her deft hands to use during more technical treatments. She holds a certificate in advanced neuromuscular massage, which allows her to help clients suffering from nerve compression and postural issues, as well as infant massage, which she is also certified to teach.
Sara Berens, Luster Spa's owner and lead aesthetician, distills 13 years of professional experience into each treatment, performing efficacious facials and hair-removal services. Located inside Salon Republic, Luster Spa uses warm wax to clear skin areas of unwanted hair, leaving room for the studio's Swarovski crystal body tattoos or hand-penned grocery lists. A collection of facials treats specific concerns including those of acne-prone, dehydrated, and aging skin.
Scott Sachnoff's passion for hair color began 20 years ago in Santa Barbara, California, where he began his career by assisting a head colorist for Schwarzkopf. It took a move to New York City to fully catapult him into the high-fashion world of hairstyling, however, and a stint spent training with Redken soon found him ascending to assume the title of Master Hair Colorist. While his time in the Big Apple earned him a loyal customer base, Scott soon caught the traveling bug again, relocating this time to Texas to establish his own salon and a reputation among the state's politicians, professionals, and celebrity line dancers. Today, he credits Austin's vibrant streets and nightlife with inspiring his signature cut and color treatments, which he creates using low-ammonia formulas by Italian color line Framesi.