The husband and wife owned Massage + Yoga Center has an impressive resum??massage therapist Summer Greenlees was voted Austin's Best Massage Therapist in the Austin Birth Awards for several years running for her prenatal massages. Greenlees and husband Michael Parrish customize treatments to the needs of the individual, presenting a bevy of modalities in the form of trigger point, shiatsu, and a unique house treatment combining massage and yoga.
Their specialty, Ashiatsu Barefoot massage, blends therapeutic, deep-tissue, and relaxation massage treatments into a tension-blasting session customized for each client and whatever knots may be lurking in their musculature. Continuing with its theme of relaxation, the staff offers a selection of essential oils, salves, and Neutraceuticals, along with a variety of yoga classes, from beginner to prenatal. These yoga workouts encourage stress reduction, and their stretching facet helps clients render their limbs as malleable as a chewed stick of gum.
Under the studio's 24-foot ceilings, students cycle through 26 poses during 90-minute heated Bikram classes. More than 50 classes a week are taught by passionate instructors, and childcare services are offered four day a week to keep kids under 12 occupied while their parents twist atop mats. On Sundays, tots can strike poses of their own in the Youth Yoga classes.
The 5,500-square-foot space also houses a yoga competition team, a meditation class, and a boutique, all of which encourage enthusiastic practitioners to integrate yoga into their off-the-mat lives. In addition, massage therapists stand by to perform Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages as well as shiatsu sessions to help ease aches and pains, which could have been caused by commuting to work via clown car.
At Sunstone Yoga, students radiate calm and self-awareness as they practice ancient poses designed to stretch, strengthen, and purify the body. Instructors complete 500 hours of training in yogic techniques, teaching, and physiology before leading classes, so they can hand out researched, tested tips on safety and alignment. Most classes come in 30-, 60-, and 90-minute varieties and focus on energy or restorative relaxation. A two-class introductory series welcomes beginners with basic standing poses, and the popular fire series explores up to 34 poses in a 99-degree room that loosens muscles to facilitate deeper stretches as it ousts toxins. Filled with soothing music and 90-degree temperatures, the water series cultivates more serenity than getting a massage from a singing whale.
Kyung Yi-O'Kelly, owner of Austin Center for Holistic Healing & Yoga, knows firsthand that emotional strain can have a tangible negative impact on the body. After enduring the wrenching heartbreak of losing several family members while juggling a stressful career in software consulting, Kyung looked for something that would heal her emotionally and physically. She found refuge in Dahn yoga, a deeply meditative modality that she learned from a tantric monk. After dedicating herself to practicing and teaching yoga, she opened Austin Center for Holistic Healing & Yoga. She leads a team of instructors and alternative healers as they strive to help people of all ages fix their minds and bodies with holistic therapies such as yoga, meditation, aikido, and massage.
It takes plenty of dedication just to stay in the 105-degree studio for 90 minutes at a time, which is what many of Pure Yoga Austin's students do multiple times a week. Mardy Chen followed her own devotion to the practice to open Pure Yoga Austin with help from her husband and co-director, Jeff Chen. Their team of certified Bikram Yoga instructors share the sweaty yoga style that has been known to help students of all fitness levels achieve leaner physiques, improved athletic performance, and greater mental clarity. The signature Bikram sequence of 26 postures help students develop strength, improve flexibility, and attain the heat endurance necessary to succeed at spelling bees held in saunas.
A team of passionate instructors fosters a community of health- and wellness-conscious patrons brought together by Bodhi Yoga's classes, spa treatments, and a boutique stocked with items to help integrate healthy-living practices into daily routines. Yoga sessions range in difficulty and style, including vigorous Vinyasa- and hot-yoga classes, to accommodate downward-facing dogs of all skill levels and breeds. Patrons looking to enhance a wellness-focused lifestyle may pay a visit to the facility's resident holistic healers, who perform massage body work, acupuncture, cosmetic laser teeth whitening, and skincare services.