For owners Holt and Randi Field, the main tools they work with are their hands. The pair of massage therapists deftly uses them in a range of modalities, customizing each session with hot stones that melt stress, deep-tissue kneads that target muscle knots, and gentler strokes that accommodate expectant mothers. They enhance these strokes with a range of add-ons, including the herb scents emitting from their steaming hot towels, the stress-relieving pressure of reflexology, and the skin renewing of the dry-brush exfoliation. The pair makes a point to never rush a client out of a room, instead ensuring visitors have time to adjust back to the daily grind or a packed schedule of shouting apocalyptic prophecies on the street corner.
As a massage therapist for 17 years and an Army officer for more than two decades, Lynn Wood knows a lot about the limits, strengths, and health of the human body. Lynn helps her clients fight away worries as well as aches, pains, and injuries with four types of massage treatments. She takes particular pride in the fact that her practice is different from most corporate establishments. Whispering Waters Massage Therapy doesn't require any membership plans. Lynn also doesn't pander for tips or sell any products, and she never cuts sessions short in order to rush in the next clients or yell the surprise twist at people waiting for a movie.
Saloni Beauty Salon draws upon Indian beauty-and-relaxation treatments to help clients look and feel their best. Inside the tranquil salon, cosmetic caretakers revive skin with a variety of facial treatments, including Chinese almond facials and galvanic facials that use juices and fresh fruits to nourish sensitive skin. They specialize in threading, an Indian hair-removal technique that uproots unwanted follicles using only a single cotton thread. They also can accent bodies with henna tattoos, semipermanent designs that can last up to one month.
Austin Body Contouring has one goal: streamline their patients? silhouettes. To that end, the staff employs a two-pronged approach of laser treatments and dietary supplements. They wield the beams of Zerona Laser Lipo and Lapex LipoLaser systems, designed to flatten fat cells and burn calories, respectively.
Lavida Massage specializes in atmosphere, education, and customization so as to provide a positive and beneficial visit for each client. Certified massage therapists begin each service with a consultation to glean the client's distinct needs. Then, as soft music plays inside a dim treatment room, therapists administer massage using non-allergenic oils and whatever pressure is appropriate for their clients' pain levels and physical needs. The treatments range from gentle, flowing Swedish techniques to more focused therapeutic modalities, although it's not uncommon for the therapist to mix and match techniques. Clients can also relax during sessions in the Vichy shower, a soothing treatment that sprays bodies with a variety of different shower heads mimicking falling rain or a happy pack of slobbering saint bernards. In addition to the body services, Lavida also offers facials that can soothe and relax as well as treat blemishes and wrinkles.