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Amid its classy, welcoming confines, the Relaxation Station begins your anxiety-annihilating odyssey with a 60-minute hot-stone massage, which gently infuses muscles with the relaxing heat of smooth, warm basalt rocks, loosening them up enough to be molded into muscle-animals by the therapist's skilled hands. Once bodies are giving off the pulsating neon green glow of perfect tranquility, visages will join in the fun with a full facial that cleanses the skin of grease, gently exfoliates dead cells, and re-moisturizes your radiantly resurfaced dermis before treating both the face and scalp to their own full massages. The Feet Retreat closes out the pampering hat trick with a half-hour foot soak, a callus-demolishing exfoliation, and a knee-to-toe massage—rejuvenating legs tired from long days of stomping on bubble wrap, and feet that are still aching from playing bowling-ball soccer.

2795 South Main Street
Ingleside,
TX
US

A two-fold enterprise, La Dolce Vita Day Spa and Fashion Lounge combines a spa and art studio. Staff members lead spa goers from the waiting area's cushy seats to pedicure chairs, which roll and vibrate across knotted backs. In private treatment rooms, the spa's massage therapists show the chairs who’s boss with their arsenal of deep-tissue techniques, relaxing hot stones, and opposable thumbs. Aestheticians brighten complexions with European facials fortified by PCA Skin products, wax away unwanted fuzz, and enhance lash volume and length with extensions by Xtreme Lashes.

La Dolce Vita also makes an ideal gathering spot with its Bubbles N Brushes paint parties, where instructors guide novice artists through the steps of creating masterpieces.

504 Moore Ave
Portland,
TX
US

The team of aestheticians at Paradise Spa takes a holistic approach to inner and outer beauty. Staffers don’t just custom blend masks for facials and pamper feet with whirlpool baths during pedicures; they also ensure that clients’ inner health is taken care of with holistic wellness sessions that can balance chakras, develop spiritual awareness, and ease emotional blockages. The spa’s hydrotherapy sessions tend to muscles and nerves simultaneously by combining warm, bubbling waters with aromatic herbal blends of lavender, eucalyptus, and rosemary. Underwater LED color-light therapy, a contemporary healing technique, enhances the baths without the hassle of lassoing a rainbow and yanking it into the tub.

The spa’s licensed massage therapists take over to knead muscles using Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue techniques as well as to guide clients through the stretching of Thai yoga massage. During a full day at the spa, clients can pair one of these massages with a full-body exfoliation or a body wrap made with natural ingredients, such as blueberries or moor mud. The relaxation marathons unfold against the backdrop of the spa’s golden walls, potted plants, soft lighting, and quiet music.

13915 S Padre Island Dr
Corpus Christi,
TX
US

Luxe Aveda Concept Salon evokes a sense of contemporary glamour by offering luxurious services amid its lofty ceiling and grey and fire-engine-red walls. A hairstyling visionary, Ray Hernandez presides over a team of hair-transforming artisans who administer cuts, color services, and specialized treatments. These stylists are so passionate about their craft that they educate clients about haircare, recommending Aveda products to maintain their new looks.

Aveda produces a full line of natural beauty products carried at nearly 7,000 salons and spas. Popular items such as Shampure shampoo and witch hazel hair spray deliver on Aveda's commitment to well-rounded earthly beauty with eco-friendly packaging that cradles ingredients derived from the world's finest and least selfish plants.

5638 Saratoga Blvd, Ste 112
Corpus Christi,
TX
US

Though high-tech hair removal relies on relatively new technologies, owner Nedra Lockhart has been zapping follicles for more than 40 years—she began in 1970, working at the side of her mother, for whom the clinic is named. Though electrolysis is still on the menu, the entire staff boasts national board certification in laser hair removal through The Society for Clinical and Medical Hair Removal, Inc. This range of treatment options is essential, as specialists must select the right tool for the job: though considered less painful, lasers target melanin and may not be ideal for those with lighter-colored strands, who may be better served by electrolysis or Photoshop. Besides permanent hair removal, the clinic is home to Scandinavian skincare services by stateside transplant Catharina and mani-pedis by aesthetician Lisa Schuenemann.

6040 S Padre Island Dr
Corpus Christi,
TX
US

A shared passion often brings talented people together. That's certainly the case at Planet Sol Salon, where each staffer brings her own background and artistic eye to the salon chair. Alexa Cline, for example, trained with Redken educators to gain expertise in haircuts and color treatments. Melissa Guerra specializes in chemical texturizing, and Natasha Gutierrez—who has interned with an American Board Certified Haircolorist—uses highlights to give hair the perfect amount of dimension. Not limiting themselves to just hair, the team members also administer aesthetic services such as chocolate foot masks and shellac mani-pedis.

The stylists are educators themselves, too. They know that a new look is ultimately pointless if it can't be regularly recreated at home, especially if clients find themselves stuck in a temporal loop. To that end, they recommend manageable styles and explain the step-by-step process for their creation.

4258 S Alameda St
Corpus Christi,
TX
US