Like the most beloved houseplants, massage techniques have their own names. Deep-tissue, Swedish, and prenatal are just a few of them. But at Elements Massage, these names barely matter. That's because the therapists don't just choose one type of massage for each customer?they pull together a variety of techniques to provide a fully custom massage. These might include long, rolling Swedish strokes or heavy deep-tissue kneads, and the therapists tailor their pressure level and area of focus to each client.
When LaToya Forbins gave birth to her first child in 1997, a nurse explained that she could bond with her child and bolster development through gentle infant massage. This meaningful experience with her baby inspired Forbins to pursue a career in massage therapy. Now a licensed massage therapist and a graduate of the Texas Massage Institute Dallas, she shares her gift of therapeutic touch with clients through Swedish, deep-tissue, trigger-point, hot-stone, reflexology, and pregnancy massage-therapy services. After continuing her studies at Aveda Institute Dallas, Forbins became a licensed aesthetician, and also earned an eyelash extension certification to offer a wider range of services.
Tracey Butterfly Clark, the owner and head healer at Mariposas Garden, wants to make every service at her soothing studio an experience to remember. Against a backdrop of Buddhas, mirrors, and butterflies, Tracey offers multiple types of massage therapy, from Swedish and hot stone modalities to deep-tissue, prenatal, and Thai bodywork. Along with massage, clients might enjoy the luxurious chocolate facial, which uses a cacao bean scrub to exfoliate the skin—it's the number one facial in the world according to Willy Wonka.
Armed with soothing add-ons, such as hot towels and fragrant oils, massage therapist Valerie kneads tension from muscles and minds during relaxing bodywork treatments. Swedish massages employ medium pressure to boost circulation and serotonin levels, whereas deep-tissue massages rely on a more intense touch to banish spasms, inflammation, and goblins lurking in the soft tissue. Body wraps promote detoxification and slimming, and sugar foot scrubs leave soles smooth and soft.
Using Botanical Science Technologies products such as honey-almond scrubs and papaya and pumpkin masques, licensed aesthetician Suzanne Shelton beautifies skin with services customized to each client’s needs. She also lends her skincare expertise through helpful tips posted on her Facebook page and skywritten with an airplane in the clear blue sky.
Wreathed in swirls of aromatic steam, a Buddha statue surveys Pure Spa and Salon?s water house during complimentary trips to the place of rest for recipients of spa services. Lotus candle holders dot the house, which features a rainwater shower, foot-soaking station, and steam cave with petroglyphs in the shape of loofahs. To earn entry into the misty haven, male and female clients can receive their choice of spa services, including traditional and med-spa procedures supervised by a doctor. Guests flit from spa services to the salon, where lime-green chairs face modish square mirrors suspended from the ceiling by industrial pipes.