Apothecaries predate modern chemistry and pharmacology by hundreds of years, tracing their tradition of fashioning medicinal compounds from natural ingredients to Baghdad in the 8th century and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. These skilled practitioners developed proven techniques to heal weary patients with organic balms and soothe hoards of barbarian Gauls with aromatic oils. Located near Lake Ray Hubbard, Affinity Salon & Spa mines these ancient techniques in its own apothecary, custom-making products and reinforcing their mission to guarantee each client "quality services with a personal touch." Winners of a 2010 Talk of the Town award, the staffers dote on every guest with spa and salon services that integrate oils, herbs, and teas to foster a relaxing, organic experience.
Judy Kurtz, the mother of a 5-year-old, knows the discomfort and stress that come along with pregnancy. That’s why she created La Bella Belly Spa, which is dedicated to the relaxation and wellness of moms-to-be. Whether they’re using 3-D ultrasounds snapped by a certified sonographer to reassure a client that her baby is healthy or pampering a client with a variety of spa services, such as pregnancy massages, glow-enhancing facials, and foot-soothing pedicures, the duo knows how to keep expectant mothers happy. The spa also stocks various pregnancy products for sale and recently added an online maternity boutique. Though Kurtz caters to pregnant women, they also encourage women who aren't expecting and pregnant men to take advantage of La Bella Belly Spa.
At Balance & Change Massage & Bodywork, owner Felix Reyes invites clients in for a little bit of balance and change. The licensed therapist silences stress and tension using Swedish, sports, and deep-tissue massage styles and caters to the needs of expectant mothers or overworked storks with prenatal work designed to elevate emotional mindsets and ease physical pressure off joints and muscles. A roster of relaxing add-ons such as hot stones, foot scrubs, and mini facials are also available and can transform any massage into a spa-like experience.
Tracey Stanphill is an expert at viewing every client's body as a one-of-a-kind canvas and inventing custom combinations of modalities to address their aches. She even encourages her patrons to get involved in the process, inviting them to blend their own mix of essential oils, which they can take home to use on themselves, friends, or door hinges that could smell better.
In addition to Swedish and deep-tissue treatments, Tracey administers signature TLC massages that promote lymphatic drainage. This style draws from her work with the elderly and children who have special needs, employing a gentle touch that can calm hyperactivity while soothing muscles. Her couples-massage service includes servings of chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne, whereas a Look at You massage aims to tone the skin and minimize signs of cellulite. In the interest of making each guest more comfortable, Tracey can also target her massages towards specific benefits, from increased circulation to decongested sinuses.
The staff at My Spa & Boutique aim to beautify guests in a relaxing atmosphere. Massage therapists incorporate fragrant aromatherapy into candlelit couples massages and technicians combat signs of aging during facials with Éminence Organic Skin Care products. The team's tool of choice for tightening lax skin or removing hair is the Soprano XL laser, whose skin-cooling tip and gradually heating IN-Motion technology minimize client discomfort. The device can disable follicles on any skin type, be it pale, tanned, or made of plaster.
In the salon area, experienced stylists craft custom cuts and colors and perform specialty services such as feather extensions. Tiled floors, arched doorways, and soft lighting from ornate sconces give the space an ambiance reminiscent of a Spanish hacienda.
There are many ways to banish unwanted hair, and short of learning alchemy, the stylists and aestheticians at SkinSense MediSpa & Salon have mastered nearly all of them. Armed with high-end products from Redken and Pureology, the styling team manages to deftly snip away extraneous length and split ends, leaving clients with flattering styles. On the other side of the salon, waxing artists remove unwanted hairs to reveal the smooth skin that lies beneath. And from within the salon's advanced treatment area, specialists perform SkinSense's lineup of medical treatments that includes Botox, spider-vein removal, and laser hair reduction.