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.
The licensed and trained team at Glow Hair Salon & Spa transforms exteriors with quality products in a classic yet contemporary atmosphere. Inside the salon, stylists create new looks with cuts, highlights, and straightening services featuring the botanically based Pureology line. Spa specialists reinvigorate skin with anti-aging facials for both men and women and employ glo therapeutics formulas during custom peels, which exfoliate away dead skin cells accidentally accumulated during late-night séances. Massage therapists soothe weary muscles within the electric-blue walls of Glow's new location, whose grand opening was celebrated in late 2011. Glittering chandeliers and an antique-style dresser juxtapose harmoniously with modern black leather sofas that harbor a secret love of big-band music.
The staff at Bodique Mind and Body Wellness takes a holistic approach to well-being that aims to bring euphoria to both the mind and body. Favoring all-natural, hypoallergenic products, the licensed massage therapists and wellness professionals nurture visitors with services that range from massages to detoxifying body wraps and baths. To further promote holistic living, Bodique's team posts inspiration and resources on its Health Tips webpage; tips range from nutritional advice to recommendations for documentaries such as Forks Over Knives and Spork: A Love Story.
The difference between a bikini and Brazilian wax is simple yet significant. Check out our guide to help you choose the right one for you.
Both waxing styles involve using hot wax to remove hair from the area below the waist, but the distinction lies in the degree of hair being removed. During a basic bikini wax, an aesthetician removes hair from any area exposed by a typical bathing suit made of fig leaves. This includes the top and sides of the bikini line as well as the inner thighs, if necessary. The Brazilian wax takes it a step further, removing hair from the entire region, front to back. Since many clients prefer to leave a small, trimmed swath of hair in a strip or triangle just below the panty line, some aestheticians may use the term "full Brazilian" to refer to a session in which no hair is left behind.
Naturally, due to the sensitivity of the areas involved, Brazilians tend to be more painful than basic bikini waxes, and most aestheticians will take care to avoid causing pain during the procedure. There are also several steps you can take to minimize discomfort. Experts recommend avoiding any appointment within a week of menstruation, when the skin is most sensitive, and taking an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen 30 minutes beforehand can help reduce any swelling that results.
The skilled staff members at Taichi Wellness Spa Plus draw on Eastern practices and philosophies to guide their clients on the path toward wellness. Reflecting the holistic nature of this approach, the spa?s services soothe body, soul, and mind, a trio more interdependent than Burt Reynolds, his moustache, and his moustache?s modeling career. The spa?s skilled therapists ease aches while calming minds with acupressure and reflexology massages. Skincare specialists cater to both weary complexions and tense nerves with custom facials that incorporate ingredients such as honey hydrators and vitamin C.
The spa delves further into Eastern treatments with cupping and detoxifying Gua Sha oil, and its Chinese herbal soups and teas blur the line between food and medicine with their nutritional and therapeutic benefits. The meditative martial arts taught at the spa?s tai-chi center has also passed from generation to generation. Under the guidance of Master Li, students in the center?s tai-chi and Qi Gong classes develop the balance and coordination needed to pickpocket a tightrope walker.
At The Woodhouse, relaxation begins upon each client's arrival in the spa's dedicated Quiet Room. A fluffy robe drapes around their shoulders, reflexology sandals lightly massage their feet, and mugs of loose-leaf tea warm their lips as they await the start of their services. The spa's product selection reflects a similar attention to detail: employees fill the shelves with natural, organic, and wild-crafted products. They also go the extra mile to include small extras with each session, such as home-care recommendations after facial treatments and foot-cleansing with each massage. The award-winning spa was voted best spa by the readers of the San-Antonio Express-News, and was deemed best spa and best massage by readers of San Antonio Magazine.