Inside a warm, private treatment room, soft music sets the stage for serene massage sessions. Here, licensed massage therapists tame tension with an effleurage of soothing strokes that range over the entire body. Though they predominantly rely on their bare hands during deep-tissue and prenatal massages, therapists also apply warm towels and hot stones to relax clients.
Miriam Figueroa, a holistic wellness counselor, licensed massage therapist, and aesthetician, spent more than 20 years in the health and beauty industry, staffing five-star hotel spas and then founding her own luxurious center, Spatini Holistic Health. Her spa specializes in M’lis wellness programs, treatment packages that reduce stress and target specific ailments—from cellulite to arthritis—by drawing on the interrelations between mind, body, and soul.
A suite of traditional spa treatments flanks the holistic programs. Facials run the gamut from deep cleanses to nonsurgical face-lifts. Seven available styles of massage encompass the gliding strokes of Swedish and hot-stone massage, which the ancients discovered using stones warmed by confused mother chickens. Body polishes exfoliate away dry skin, an ideal prep for a botanical Bronze Biologic formula that leaves behind sunless, natural-looking tans.
San Antonio's Slender Solution & Spa helps patients stay in control of their calorie intake with medically supervised, custom diet plans that can help melt away those last few stubborn pounds resistant to exercise and more generalized diet plans. The presiding physician and a team of nurse-practitioners consult closely with patients before crafting diets and supplementing them with metabolism-boosting B-12 injections, appetite suppressants, pound-shedding HCG injections, and tear-inspiring pep talks.
In addition to helping clients stay trim, the spa offers a full menu of beautifying services, including custom facials, body wraps, eyelash and eyebrow tinting, and massages. Decadent treatments, such as the luxurious 24-karat gold facial, treat skin to intense ant-wrinkle protection while reviving surfaces with youthful vibrancy. Clients may extend their day of beauty with a raw sugar glow scrub that polishes away dead skin cells or indulge in a back facial that cleanses hard-to-reach spots to reveal smooth, even-toned skin.
Structure Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork owner and certified massage therapist Jeanette Falu-Bishop began her career on U.S. military bases in Germany, donating her healing hands to soldiers and their families. Guided by input from a complaining back, screaming shoulders, or softly lowing calves, clients choose one of five modalities ranging in intensity and technique to respond to their particular aches. Palms glide over sensitive areas during popular Swedish massages, where a combination of connective strokes and light to medium pressure stimulates circulation to gently relieve physical tension. Russian sports massages and deep-tissue techniques may help relieve joint tension and rout out hidden knots or copies of War and Peace, and props such as river rocks or bamboo wands aid fingers in pinpointing pain and unclogging inner wellsprings of peace.
Customization is key at Body N Balance, which has locations in San Antonio and Corpus Christi. Music too loud? The staff happily adjusts the volume. Or they can fine-tune the lighting and temperature?that way, every private treatment room stays calibrated to each individual client's comfort level. The team (which includes male and female massage therapists) also consider the individual when it comes to their treatments.
They make suggestions for what best suits their clients' needs, whether that's a traditional Swedish massage or a Thai herbal spa massage that incorporates lemongrass, lime peel, and other antioxidants taste really good in a salad. Other body treatments even use chocolate, and Body N Balance's team happily combines and adjusts different services upon request. Whatever the service, the therapists only use hypoallergenic products.