Founded with the goal of outfitting its pupils with the skills necessary to excel in the spa and salon industries, Milan Institute of Cosmetology deploys a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes professionalism and hands-on learning to train fledgling cosmetologists and aestheticians around the country. As the most important aspect of the course of study, student salons and spas serve as a real-world classroom wherein nascent beauticians—under the careful supervision of their instructors—can practice their newly minted skills on humans or sentient mannequins. The beauty apprentices gussy up patrons head to toe via sundry lavish salon and spa services—specific to each location—that may include nail services, haircare, facials therapeutic massages, or nourishing body wraps.
Estrella Massage Therapy's Estrella Ortega trained at the Academy for Massage Therapy Training. There, she cultivated her skills in Swedish, deep-tissue, trigger-point, and prenatal modalities. She also performs spa treatments such as mud and paraffin masks, and hot-stone treatments for feet and hands—which, since everything's bigger in Texas, are actually hot-bolder treatments.
Knockouts Haircuts for Men is a guy-centric salon that's been featured on the Today Show. Its décor mimics that of a boxing ring, but—unlike the real thing—guests look fresher when they leave. Complimentary beverages greet the mitts of each client, and flat-screen televisions and quality service round out a first-rate experience. Your heavyweight treatment includes a consultation, before-and-after shampoos, a cut, a rinse, and styling according to your personal preferences. Each weary head will be treated to a scalp massage and one nametag identifying it as "Movie Actor Harrison Ford."
More energizing than a singing telegram, a Personal Touch treatment will rejuvenate your body's petals until they're posturing pristinely in the sun once again. If one relaxation exaltation isn't enough, you can buy up to three Groupons for yourself (though you can only use one Groupon per service).
Together Drs. Ho and Q boast more than 25 years of experience as practicing chiropractors. During this time, they have come to understand the importance of fusing their expertise with a friendly staff and gentle treatments to maximize their patients’ experiences. With these tenets at heart, they administer spinal and postural screenings and adjustments along with corrective exercise classes, lifestyle workshops, and nutritional counseling to provide a holistic approach to wellness.
Oak Haven Massage offers 30 private treatment rooms and appointment times between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Oak Haven Massage Austin features two licensed chiropractors with a combined 35 years of experience. Since first opening in 2005, Oak Haven Massage has become one of the area's largest massage centers; it's also expanded its scope, helping to foster wellness with other services such as acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, and bedtime storytelling.
Miriam Figueroa, a holistic wellness counselor, licensed massage therapist, and aesthetician, spent more than 20 years in the health and beauty industry, staffing five-star hotel spas and then founding her own luxurious center, Spatini Holistic Health. Her spa specializes in M’lis wellness programs, treatment packages that reduce stress and target specific ailments—from cellulite to arthritis—by drawing on the interrelations between mind, body, and soul.
A suite of traditional spa treatments flanks the holistic programs. Facials run the gamut from deep cleanses to nonsurgical face-lifts. Seven available styles of massage encompass the gliding strokes of Swedish and hot-stone massage, which the ancients discovered using stones warmed by confused mother chickens. Body polishes exfoliate away dry skin, an ideal prep for a botanical Bronze Biologic formula that leaves behind sunless, natural-looking tans.