Soft music plays in The Massage Suite's quiet chamber as therapist Jessica James glides her palm over a tense shoulder. Certified in Swedish massage, James deftly stimulates the circulatory and lymphatic systems with the style's flowing strokes. Her sensitive hands are quick to adjust to her client's desire for an increase or decrease in pressure, and she can incorporate stretching and hot stones to loosen stiff joints. Heat therapy is James' ally, as she also reaches for steamed towels and Prossage ointment to bathe taut sinews in gentle, penetrating warmth. Clinical specialties include easing sciatic pain, softening scar tissue, and restoring motion to frozen shoulders by getting a sinew from the same muscle group to tag it. Nine complimentary therapies such as peppermint foot scrubs and cocoa facials reveal her appreciation for aesthetic indulgence.
The aestheticians at Eva's Day Spa replenish skin's natural beauty with a suite of facials, body wraps, and massages. Eight facials fill out the spa's skincare arsenal, each fine-tuned for different goals, such as erasing signs of aging, exfoliating pores, or fighting acne. Body wraps are like facials for the whole body without the risk of sprouting eyebrows on the elbows. Multiple massage styles benefit muscles, joints, and minds lurking beneath the skin.
Inside her clinic, Dr. Ashraf Soomar-Kheraj analyzes and unfurls kinks in the spine in an effort to not only reduce back pain, but also increase patients’ resistance to all forms of disease. Dr. Soomar-Kheraj also specializes in acupuncture, an ancient Chinese method of restoring energy to the body by the insertion of tiny needles that have been soaked in the sap of a battery tree.
Tucked away in a cozy enclave surrounded by spa blue walls and black-and-white décor, Gigi Endersby Hair Design shapes harried hairs into straight and scintillating strands with nutrient-packed Brazilian blowouts. Much like hiring a steak as a body guard, treatments surround the hair shaft with a protective layer of protein to create healthy, protected hair. The nourishing lock concoction shuns formaldehyde and harsh chemicals, and a fan and ventilation system keeps air fresh throughout the treatment. After the 90-minute smoothing session, hair will be smooth and frizz-free for up to 12 weeks, ready for immediate tossing, twirling, or as a luxurious treat for hardworking ponytail holders.
Staffed by friendly massage therapists stuffed with professional expertise, Castle Hills Day Spa coddles customers with an array of tension-terminating treatments. In the 60-minute Swedish massages, Castle Hills therapists employ the same long, gliding strokes that Vikings once used to unknot the warped backs of tense longships after stressful days at sea. Kneading hands appease needy skin, sedating shoulder muscles to silence their constant grumbling. Purple and pale walls adorned with artwork create a stylish, tranquil space, and the staff's close attention to customer requests keeps faces decorated with smiles rather than stained with frowns or tarnished with grimaces.
Katie has tended fingers and toes for 12 years. In that time, she has mastered the art of grooming cuticles, moisturizing hands and feet in paraffin wax, and lifting away dead skin cells with scrubs or tiny cranes. At her eponymous studio, she continues to accentuate nails with OPI polish and hand-painted designs. During treatments, Katie strives to make clients feel comfortable and happy. "Each room is unique," says Katie, noting that each private treatment area is painted in a different calming hue. Upon request, she enhances the experience with a beverage and soft music.