Apothecaries predate modern chemistry and pharmacology by hundreds of years, tracing their tradition of fashioning medicinal compounds from natural ingredients to Baghdad in the 8th century and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. These skilled practitioners developed proven techniques to heal weary patients with organic balms and soothe hoards of barbarian Gauls with aromatic oils. Located near Lake Ray Hubbard, Affinity Salon & Spa mines these ancient techniques in its own apothecary, custom-making products and reinforcing their mission to guarantee each client "quality services with a personal touch." Winners of a 2010 Talk of the Town award, the staffers dote on every guest with spa and salon services that integrate oils, herbs, and teas to foster a relaxing, organic experience.
Judy Kurtz, the mother of a 5-year-old, knows the discomfort and stress that come along with pregnancy. That’s why she created La Bella Belly Spa, which is dedicated to the relaxation and wellness of moms-to-be. Whether they’re using 3-D ultrasounds snapped by a certified sonographer to reassure a client that her baby is healthy or pampering a client with a variety of spa services, such as pregnancy massages, glow-enhancing facials, and foot-soothing pedicures, the duo knows how to keep expectant mothers happy. The spa also stocks various pregnancy products for sale and recently added an online maternity boutique. Though Kurtz caters to pregnant women, they also encourage women who aren't expecting and pregnant men to take advantage of La Bella Belly Spa.
Teresa Cobb, the licensed massage therapist behind Kneaded Relief, helps clients feel their best with custom-tailored massages. Deep-tissue pressure, trigger-point therapy, and relaxing Swedish massages are a few of her specialties. She also applies aloe- and herb-infused body wraps, which tone the skin while whittling inches from the physique. Teresa works within Hissy Fitz Salon, which also houses a boutique stocked with clothing, boots, jewelry, and candles.
The staff at My Spa & Boutique aim to beautify guests in a relaxing atmosphere. Massage therapists incorporate fragrant aromatherapy into candlelit couples massages and technicians combat signs of aging during facials with Éminence Organic Skin Care products. The team's tool of choice for tightening lax skin or removing hair is the Soprano XL laser, whose skin-cooling tip and gradually heating IN-Motion technology minimize client discomfort. The device can disable follicles on any skin type, be it pale, tanned, or made of plaster.
In the salon area, experienced stylists craft custom cuts and colors and perform specialty services such as feather extensions. Tiled floors, arched doorways, and soft lighting from ornate sconces give the space an ambiance reminiscent of a Spanish hacienda.
At Balance & Change Massage & Bodywork, owner Felix Reyes invites clients in for a little bit of balance and change. The licensed therapist silences stress and tension using Swedish, sports, and deep-tissue massage styles and caters to the needs of expectant mothers or overworked storks with prenatal work designed to elevate emotional mindsets and ease physical pressure off joints and muscles. A roster of relaxing add-ons such as hot stones, foot scrubs, and mini facials are also available and can transform any massage into a spa-like experience.
Emma Anderson knows what it's like to be in pain. When medication wasn’t enough to relieve her persistent aches, she turned to massage and found not only relief, but also a new career. Since that fateful day in 1991, Emma has spent more than 25,000 hours honing her craft as a licensed massage therapist.
All of that time has certainly paid off. Emma now serves as the official massage therapist for the Dallas Sidekicks indoor soccer team and owns Texas Sports Massage. In addition to her relaxing Swedish and prenatal massages, Emma specializes in sports massages designed to elongate muscles and help the body heal after strenuous kicking, throwing, or touchdown dancing.