At her eponymous medical laser spa—which has attracted media attention from Great Day SA and KABB Fox 29’s Daytime @ 9—Dr. Elizabeth McRae draws on 20 years of experience to enhance exteriors with noninvasive procedures. Starting with the face, she and her team of nurses rejuvenate complexions with treatments ranging in intensity from a classic European facial to intense-pulsed-light therapy. Visages that have begun to sag or accrue wrinkles from years of staring at a Rubik’s cube are smoothed with Botox or dermal fillers such as Juvéderm. Clients maintain their looks at home with beauty products from brands such as Obagi and SkinCeuticals.
In addition to pampering faces, Dr. McRae caters to entire bodies with Zerona laser body-slimming treatments and laser hair removal. She also uses minimally invasive ultrasonic liposuction to suction out liquefied fat and stockpiled cotton candy.
i9 Sports North and North Central San Antonio provides organized youth leagues lasting six–eight weeks. Unlike other leagues, i9 Sports meets once a week, opening up practice facilities one hour prior to games so kids can practice fundamentals and performance-enhancing hugs immediately before the game. That way, budding sportsmen can implement what they've learned right away and parents don't have to rent a limo to chauffer kids back and forth every day. In a nurturing setting that forbids taunts and angry shouts from both kids and parents, young batters and goalies will each get equal playing time alongside healthy competition. Coaches teach a new value each week, and whichever child displays the most accurate interpretive dance to best mimic it during the game gets a sportsmanship medal. A weekly newsletter keeps parents abreast of the week-to-week lessons and progress.
Dietz-McLean Optical stocks an ogle-worthy array of popular designer brands, including styles from Michael Kors, Nike, Calvin Klein, Adidas, Coach, Fendi, Oakley, Giorgio Armani, Disney, and Flexon. So you can see how cool you look, pair your fancy new pair of frames with top-of-the-line lenses. Dietz-McLean carries lightweight, impact-resistant lens technology from Phoenix, a variety of progressive lenses for smaller fashion frames, and super-high-vision lenses to help you see better over tall people sitting in front of you in the movie theater. All glasses from Dietz-McLean Optical come with a two-year unconditional warranty.
The staff at Vitalogy Skincare tends to skin's health and appearance across eight dermatology locations. Medical-dermatology services cover conditions such as acne, rosacea, and hair loss; cosmetic dermatology focuses on looks with Botox and Juvéderm injections, as well as laser removal of spider veins and hair. Lasers also resurface skin or guide complexions through photorejuvenation, which diminishes the appearance of sun damage to restore younger, more vibrant looking skin. Vitalogy also tackles skin cancer with Mohs surgery—in which founding doctor Eric Adelman, DO, is a fellowship-trained physician—a precise method that quashes the cancer by carefully removing tissue layer by layer.
Experienced massage therapist Angie Strickland addresses each client's personal problem spots with Swedish, deep-tissue, or medical massages, selecting the best type to optimize back bliss or ameliorate recurring issues. Swedish massages are customized based on pressure preferences ranging from deep kneading to the same soft strokes commonly practiced on sleeping marshmallows. The firm pressure of deep-tissue massage coddles damaged tissue and targets pain locked inside frames to help heal sore spots and relieve pain. A range of other therapeutic techniques—including neuromuscular, myofascial, and cupping—cosset frames during medical massages. These targeted strokes help soothe aching necks and melt shoulders frozen during sparring matches with snowmen. Hot towels keep massaged muscles warm, loose, and reveling in the afterglow of prolonged relaxation.
Author, yoga teacher, and Phoenix Rising therapist Rose Hahn facilitates healing of the body, mind, and spirit in one-on-one yoga-therapy sessions. Over the course of 90 minutes, Hahn guides each client through relaxing poses drawn from the yoga tradition and ideas from humanistic psychology theory. Suitable for both seasoned yogis and those who've yet to locate an ancillary eye, the gentle postures awaken muscles and prepare the mind for experiences more intense than licking a wasabi popsicle. Guests learn to identify the physical impact of emotional stressors, discovering how fear elevates their heart rates and corporate training videos move them to tears. In the process, they develop a new relationship with stress, embracing its power to motivate while jilting its ugly side effects.
With more than 25 years of experience, cosmetologist Katherine Long infuses relaxation with depilation, stocking hypoallergenic, soothing oils and honey-based wax in a cozy atmosphere. During a 15-minute facial treatment, honey wax designed specifically for sensitive skin unfastens surplus fuzz on cheeks, lips, and chins. After assessing face's shape and favorite KISS singer, waxing mavens carefully prune and shape brows. Ladies can also opt to smooth arms, underarms, or bikini zones in a 30-minute treatment that begins with a soothing pre-cleanse and wraps up with a skin-pacifying concoction of hypoallergenic oils and creams. A great preparation for vacations and hairless-bear impersonations, back waxing smoothes gentlemen's torsos, and the one-hour leg waxing paired with a hair-growth-slowing cream maintains shorts-ready shanks.