The smooth, black basalt traditionally used in hot stone massage has something in common with spa owner Mahealani Trepinski's career: they were both forged in Hawaii. But while these rocks were born in the island chain's famous lava flows, Trepinski had to journey there as an adult for the training that gives her skill set a distinctive Hawaiian flavor.
The island's influence can be felt in a number of A Hawaiian Touch Natural Healing Center and Spa Inc.'s spa treatments, from lomi massages?a Hawaiian practice based on ancient ritual and music?to organic facials and seaweed detox wraps. The spa's menu is diverse, offering far infrared sauna sessions alongside a wide array of massage modalities including craniosacral, sports, and medical massage. Trepinski, who is also an Integrative Nutrition health coach, even teaches other professionals how to perform reflexology, throw spa parties, and alleviate the pain of midnight burrito cravings.
In the midst of oppressive Texas heat, Relache Spa promises a cool, quiet respite. The 25,000-square-foot spa offers relief to weary bodies through massage, to thirsty pores through facials, and to parched nails through mani-pedis. The European-inspired services extend even to expectant mothers and men.
Ruth Lowery has spent time studying ayurveda?an ancient Indian system of natural healing techniques?with Dr. Deepak Chopra and the late Dr. David Simon, co-founders of The Chopra Center. She has also studied with New York Times best-selling author Caroline Myss, a medical intuitive who taught Lowery ways to integrate and strengthen the connection between the body, mind, and spirit. After studying with these teachers, she decided to become a licensed massage therapist and aesthetician and open up her own practice.
The knowledge Lowery gleaned from these experts launched her practice faster than a jetpack powered by good vibes. Today, she draws on 20 years of experience in the wellness industry as she massages muscles and beautifies visages with products by ?minence Organic Skin Care and PCA Skin. She also travels to spas and resorts, where she trains aestheticians in the proper use of ?minence products.
The staff at Skin and Body Studio leads an army of facials, each teeming with science-grade products, putting a stop to the chicanery of time and age. All services—from micropeels to nonsurgical face-lifts—wear glimmering livery of science-grade ingredients, such as HydroPeptide’s serums that incorporate 21 active peptides, including collagen. The staff also specializes in massages, waxing, and eyelash tinting, which disguises lashes that welsh on their horse-racing debts.
At Beauty and Body Lounge, a team of nurse practitioner, physician's assistant, and registered nurse work under the direction of Dr. Kristin Dean MD. They perform a wide range of services including IPL treatments, laser hair removal, fractional CO2 treatments, ultherapy, and injectables to smooth out wrinkles and rejuvenate skin. They also put to use extensive training to carefully remove hair with wax, perform peels, or gently strip away dead skin with microdermabrasion.
No client’s hair desire is too much to ask of Catherine Jones. The stylist at Old World Salons creates classic and out-of-the-box 'dos with precision, dry, and razor cuts. She straightens hair and, at the opposite end of the spectrum, breathes volumes into strands with permanents. Her clients include men, women, children, and children’s favorite stuffed animal.