As an acupuncturist and reiki master, Amber Wells brings a deft, gentle touch to her services at Hands on Healing. She discovered her holistic calling in high school after hearing a friend's story about acupuncture helping to relieve headaches. That discovery set her on a path of studies that led her to the islands of Hawaii and all the way back to her Texas roots. At Hands on Healing, she joins a team of practitioners and massage therapists dedicated to helping clients lead happier, healthier lives through relaxing spa services and holistic treatments. These include Reiki, which works to bring energy levels into balance through the power of touch, and holistic heart healing, a specialized treatment designed to replace mental, physical, and emotional stress with peace and happiness.
When Martha Millan says, "Beauty shouldn't hurt," she's not peddling a slogan—her first job in the beauty industry literally caused her pain. Working at an upscale salon, her exposure to common hair and makeup products triggered hives and headaches. While searching for more natural goods for personal use, her research revealed unsettling truths about many industry product lines that often use irritating perfumes to mask the underlying odors of harsh chemicals. Feeling that everyone should have the opportunity to look beautiful without fear of harming health, she bought a salon and transformed it into Salon O Day Spa.
Amid Salon O Day's industrial decor, Millan and her team of stylists, aestheticians, and a massage therapist use products so natural that some are even edible, though Millan imagines the taste would leave something to be desired: barbecue sauce. Among the array of certified-organic, not-tested-on-animals, gluten- and chemical-free products, Millan's favorites include Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare, developed by an American physician who advocates against overexfoliation. For hair, stylists use products from lines including Surface Hair and Organic Color Systems, and during nail services, technicians use natural products from SpaRitual in tandem with scrubs made in-house from ingredients bought at a local co-op.
In a sense, Esty Skin Studio began when its owner, Jessica Chapman, was 15. At this ripe age, she was given her first spa day as a gift. It enchanted her. After immediately falling in love with the industry, she started on a path that had her working for numerous spas at the age of 16. The aesthetic wunderkind wound her way further down that path by taking countless classes, working with mentors, and training other aestheticians, all of which culminated with her latest endeavor, Esty. Together with a staff of equally skilled beautifiers, Jessica presents indulgent facials, clarifying peels, and full-body waxes that use all-natural ?pillyss products. Their experience, the beautiful spa in which they work, and their passion for skincare have garnered the team numerous press accolades and enough post-treatment high-fives to necessitate custom kevlar gloves for the entire staff.
The stunning Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa deserves the many accolades it regularly receives. Set in the natural Texas Hill Country landscape, this golf resort and luxury spa property covers 4,000 secluded acres west of Austin that includes four championship golf courses, the full-service Three Springs Spa and the 309-room luxury hotel. Guest rooms are stylishly appointed with casual elegance, and all offer great views of the spectacular grounds. Four top-notch dining options onsite and meeting/event facilities are available to guests, but the real draw here is the golf. Fairways abut cliffs and waterfalls, and wildlife is abundant in the natural surroundings. The spa offers many specialty treatments using locally-sourced ingredients, and the gourmet dining here is a real pleasure.
Med-Physique at 3 Graces was named after the Greek goddesses of beauty, charm, and joy. A reproduction of Raphael's The Three Graces adorns the Mediterranean-themed haven, its figures hinting at the smooth skin and divine powers waiting behind the door of each treatment room. Between earth-toned walls, aestheticians conjure radiant skin through clinical skincare services. Lasers remove body hair and spider veins, and pharmaceutical-grade facials reverse signs of aging.