Nestled inside a sprawling yellow house first built in 1963, Mapleshade Spa retains much of its structure’s original charm. Out front, a set of wind chimes and a swing rock gently in the breeze above a huge wraparound porch. Garden fountains send up spouts of water amid colorful, aromatic thickets of rosemary, thyme, mint, lavender, and roses scattered beneath the boughs of large trees.
This bucolic setting surrounds Mapleshade Spa’s eight treatment rooms, where aestheticians set to work pampering their clientele with botanical skincare products from Pevonia and Éminence Organics. To account for different skin types and concerns, the staff offers more than 10 types of facials—all of which can be performed outside if desired—and an array of body treatments, including massages and body wraps. Stylists trim and highlight tresses in the hair salon while nail techs brush Shellac polish onto digits in both public and private nailcare areas. Mapleshade Spa frequently hosts spa parties to celebrate special events or provide a day away from clingy parole officers.
Clotilde Barnes's passion for holistic healthcare and nutrition has led her around the globe. After graduating from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, the native of Veracruz, Mexico, went on to train at the Western College for Medical Assistance and the San Francisco School of Massage while becoming a licensed medical aesthetician. Her journey to the U.S. in 2000 drew her deeper into the medical field, affording her the opportunity to work with family doctors, dermatologists, and chiropractors. Barnes has pooled everything that science and ancient traditions have taught her, and has owned her own business since 2008.
Barnes promotes health and well-being with alternative therapies such as reflexology sessions, which balance bodily energy via pressure points in the feet. Organic chemical peels exfoliate skin with gentle enzymes and minerals to diminish fine lines. She also performs photofacials that employ light-emitting diodes, diachronic lamps, or Lite-Brite pins to boost collagen production and combat signs of aging.
The Mona Lisa isn’t just a portrait of timeless beauty, it’s also the product of a partnership between Mona Aldridge and Lisa Erwin. The licensed massage therapists and health advocates opened the Monalisa Wellness Center with the shared goal of helping their clients improve their overall well-being in many ways, creating a sanctuary that instills calmness as spa services are performed.
The privately located center—secluded and set back from the busy streets—offers massage, facials, body treatments, acupuncture, weight-loss treatments, and other services, including custom blends of services to meet individual needs. Expert aestheticians and therapists, some with 25 years of experience, help clients detoxify and feel cleansed through services such as gentle wraps infused with a mixture of aloe vera and herbs, or Microcurrent and LED light anti-aging treatments for lifting and contouring the face and body without surgery.
At S'Scents Well Spa, the fragrances of 100% pure essential oils emanate from the shop’s signature line of handcrafted perfumes, lotions, massage oils, and candles. The staff pulls from these all-natural products to help rejuvenate bodies with services that help vanquish toxins and break down fat, potentially resulting in contoured torsos, boosted lymphatic systems, and softer skin. They infuse their essential oils into aloe-vera and seaweed body wraps and mist them onto patients during the shop’s signature body treatments. When noses need a rest or go on strike, patients can achieve relaxation by scheduling acupressure, reflexology, and reiki treatments.
For 13 years, massage therapist Lola Smith worked the circuit of Dallas-area spas as a spa attendant, body-wrap technician, massage therapist, and manager. Lola's mental library of integrated aesthetic therapy know-how handily informs her work at Just Breathe Massage, where she doles out her repertoire of well-honed services along with body scrubs and facials. At her day spa, tending her trade with compassion, Lola's primary goal is to bring profound relaxation to her clients that live in a modern society under more pressure than the society that actually tried living under rocks. She hopes to heal, relax, and destress her clients, as well as renew their sense of well-being.
Medical aesthetician Diana Luna has developed her touch for topical skincare during the past eight years, teaming up with a physician to expand their ability to treat skin at Spa d'Luna. Luna's focus is healthful, youthful skin, which Diana cultivates with Innoaesthetics tonics that resurface damaged areas and refine pores. The resident medical director plumps aging skin with cosmetic injections and oversees the use of noninvasive lasers, which stimulate cellular turnover and collagen production in the epidermis to create a smooth surface for playing air hockey.