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.
You'll see Body-N-Balance's tidily uniformed spa therapists in their treatment rooms, of course. But if you're a guest at the Omni Hotel that holds the Body-N-Balance location, you might also see them just about anywhere on the grounds, greeting new arrivals and offering suggestions for nearby restaurants.
It's not a sign that the massage therapists are distracted from their work, however. Body-N-Balance founders Loyd and Monique Wellesley met in massage school, but their vision of service extends far beyond the treatment table. They aim to make guests, including couples, feel welcome and relaxed whether they're in town for a convention or just stopping by for a facial. To that end, they pay close attention not just to the massage strokes, but to the ambience and aromas surrounding their treatments. Those treatments often pamper the skin as well as the muscles, making for multisensory experiences that have won a lot of fans, such as Jessica Skropanic of Worldwide Spa Review who described the back scrub as, "heavenly!"
To promote relaxation, the ambiance is just as important as the bodywork. That's why licensed massage therapist Stephanie Sellars set up her Pure Serenity Massage studio on scenic North Padre Island, only a stone's throw from the Gulf of Mexico. Waves can almost be heard beating against the sand as Stephanie relieves chronic tension with soothing Swedish strokes and deep-tissue pressure. Clients may request other massages as well, such as the Thai-yoga massage which takes patients through a series of yoga-like stretches utilizing Sellars hands, knees, legs, and feet.
Rachel Pesina, the certified therapist behind Di' Massaggio Wellness, eases pain and subdues stress with Swedish and deep-tissue techniques learned over 15 years of professional massage experience. Before she opened her own practice, she attended the European Massage Therapy Institute, which demands 400 hours of hands-on practice and memorization of at least three massage-themed fight songs. In addition to nurturing injured sinews back to heath, Rachel’s gentle kneading motions and focused pressure help expel toxins, improve digestion, and increase mental alertness.
Stylists sculpt modern manes amid the orange and lime-green walls of Tease Salon, LLC’s vibrant interior. While some guests wait on a plush L-shaped couch, stylists crop others’ mops at spacious stations, following the experienced lead of owner and 10-year industry veteran Sara M. Butcher. Undulating silver-framed mirrors let patrons admire their cut-in-progress or ask their reflection for advice on bang length. Staffers also revamp visages with waxing, facials, and laser teeth whitening, and a skilled massage therapist breaks up tension in a private massage room.
The soothing spa treatments at The Beach House Day Spa bring seaside serenity indoors to private rooms painted the colors of sand and surf. The dry heat inside a far infrared sauna is designed to drive out toxins and rev up circulation, burning up to 700 calories over the course of a 30-minute session. Clients’ faces protrude from the sauna’s half-cylindrical canopy throughout the treatment, allowing noses to sniff wafting aromatherapy scents and mouths to heckle skin to sweat faster. Opt for the Her Mystical facial, and spa professionals will simultaneously pamper cheeks with quality cleansers, treatment creams, and exfoliants, giving them a fresh, dewy glow to match well-warmed extremities. The languid yet sure-handed strokes of the Swedish massage work to engender a sense of relaxation, warmth, and well-being, much like a good night’s sleep in a pile of meatballs. Advanced massage digs deeper to extract nagging pain, and prenatal massage targets the specific painful points experienced by mothers-to-be.