Brandy Tolosa worked in a clinical setting for most of her career, and she eventually found herself craving an environment that provided a more personalized approach. So, she left behind the sterile, taupe world of her big practice and started Sweeping Solace Massage Therapy with her husband. Together, they practice a friendly, common-sense approach to the relaxing art. "The 60 minute massage equals 60 minutes of hands-on time," Brandy says frankly, when asked what sets her business apart from others. She also cites the décor of their little studio, and how they've gone to great lengths to make their office feel very much like a home.
The massage therapists at Horizon Massage and Wellness have noticed something over their more than 18 years in business: an increase in stress among their patients. They do their best to counteract this rising tension with soothing handiwork in styles that range from gently relaxing Swedish massage to prenatal massage to the intense strokes of deep-tissue massage. Not only working out of their Dallas-area locations, staffers occasionally travel to local businesses to perform 15-minute massages on especially rigid office chairs.
Touch of Pure Joy Massage & Day Spa situates itself as an oasis for physical relaxation, and has relaxed clients with its signature therapies since 1999. A one-hour hot-stone massage gives stressed clients the opportunity to unwind and enjoy an utterly unrushed experience as aromatherapeutic oils perfume the air and stones send warmth deep into muscles. For those experiencing chronic pain or the discomforts of pregnancy, deep-tissue, applied kinesiology, and prenatal massages forge a truce between muscles caught in a tug-of-war match between the office chair and that recliner in the office lobby. When they've explored the spa's extensive repertoire of relaxing massages, clients can extend their day spa mini vacations with a skin-perfecting facial, or bid adieu to sandpaper skin with hand and foot salt scrubs.
Soft music banishes quotidian concerns at Dr. Nancy's Day Spa, where Dr. Nancy MacDonald clears skin with botanically derived facials and heals clients with chiropractic care. An exfoliating papaya-enzyme peel fuzzes out scars and aging spots, and the one-two punch of a microdermabrasion with mini facial is especially effective on clients with acne-prone skin. The doctor's chiropractic adjustments align spines and rescue pinched nerves so that clients don't have to forage for replacement skeletons in the Neander Valley. Scents of lavender and warm french vanilla waft through the air inside the spa, joining with the purple walls to recall sunny Provençal fields.
Water swirls around a washbasin at Luxe Salon & Spa, draining away Bumble and bumble products from hair as clients rest on comfy reclining seats. Exposed brick walls and hardwood floors surround them, lending the space a loft-like aesthetic, and hanging steel lights illuminate a row of swiveling chairs where stylists set to work. Here, the beauty experts pamper guests with salon services such as color treatments, hair extensions, and blowouts. The salon also offers mani-pedis, waxing treatments, and eyelash extensions that make eyes pop more than rimming them with highlighter.