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.
Tat Laser Removal Clinic, LLC’s team of certified laser technicians operates under the tutelage of Dr. Joel Potasznik, who rotates between the clinic and his positions as chief of surgery at Southeast Methodist Hospital and chief of surgery and staff at Mesquite Community Hospital. Many patients compare the feeling of laser therapy to that of a rubber band snapping the skin, and TAT’s staff eases sensitive skin areas with ice or numbing injections. A fleet of lasers can target unwanted ink as well as such imperfections as acne scars, toenail fungus, and birthmarks coincidentally shaped like one's social-security number. Dr. Potasznik and his team also perform microdermabrasion treatments and body contouring with advanced vacuum therapy.
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.
At Natural Beauty Clinique, trained technicians contour the body and tighten the skin with noninvasive radio-frequency technology. The oscillating waves heat tissue beneath the skin to coax the fluids and lunch money out of fat cells. The technology is also used for anti-aging procedures, such as face and neck lifts, thanks to its galvanizing effect on collagen production.
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.