The state-of-the-art, hospital-grade infrared saunas at Detox Haven help the clients who recline in their private confines to liquify fat and cellulite while eliminating toxins and heavy metals. The saunas send far-infrared energy washing over bodies to increase their core temperatures in an effort to purge the body of impurities without resorting to the stifling humidity of steam or lava rooms. Each session may burn 600-900 calories. Clients can work or read as soothing heat eases muscle aches and chromotherapy lights flash across bodies for extra pain relief. Each sauna also contains an iPod dock or CD player to keep ears occupied. After multiple sessions, clients may notice slimmer waistlines, greater senses of well-being, and the ability to melt snow before it reaches the ground.
Thailand invented the massage in 391 BC to alleviate the soreness that came from hours of Thai boxing, which had been invented the year before. While it's no longer performed on elephants, the massage's form has changed little in the ensuing centuries—until today's Groupon. For $38, new clients can get a customized one-hour massage from The Spa & Clinic at the Texas Healing Arts Institute.
At Table for One, owner and licensed aesthetician Wendy Rodriguez eschews standardizing her services and instead tailors every treatment to each client. During a massage, for example, her approach may range from relaxing the entire body to focusing on a particularly tight area that's impeding a guest's well-being. This fluidity of approach also characterizes her facials. She further personalizes all of services with add-ons, such as reflexology and aromatherapy in scents extracted from natural elements, such as honey. Within Headturner's Salon, Wendy maintains a relaxing studio anchored by a massage table draped in plush blankets.
Inside its serene studio, Essential Yoga guides groups toward health and wellness with more than 10 different yoga classes, including multiple threads of Vinyasa and an intro to Ashtanga. The facility's roster of passionate instructors acts as a source of constant encouragement, and a flexible schedule of daily classes bends to accomodate students of all experience levels. To kick workout routines up a notch, Essential Yoga also offers energized sessions of Zumba.
A licensed aesthetician, licensed massage therapist, energy therapist, and holistic health coach aim to balance their clients’ inner and outer energies at Synergy Wellness Spa and Salon. Massages knead away stress and facials scrub free dull skin, excess oil, and grime. Coaching services help clients move toward healthier living through guided grocery shopping tours, impromptu food fights in the produce section, and personal chef services.
Inspired by how massage helped her mother after a stroke, Tender Embrace Spa and Clinic's Elise Procell combines techniques from four modalities to address her clients' individual needs. Swedish massage mollifies tense muscles and increases circulation, and sports techniques prepare bodies for, or heal bodies after, athletic endeavors such as football games or lion-wrestling matches. Trigger point's pressure-and-release cycles unravel painful knots, and neuromuscular's concentrated massage focuses on the ligaments, connective tissue, and tendons of one specific body part. After the 60-minute massage, clients enjoy extra pampering with a mud mask to smooth the skin and a salt or sugar scrub to exfoliate the feet.