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.
At The Woodhouse, relaxation begins upon each client's arrival in the spa's dedicated Quiet Room. A fluffy robe drapes around their shoulders, reflexology sandals lightly massage their feet, and mugs of loose-leaf tea warm their lips as they await the start of their services. The spa's product selection reflects a similar attention to detail: employees fill the shelves with natural, organic, and wild-crafted products. They also go the extra mile to include small extras with each session, such as home-care recommendations after facial treatments and foot-cleansing with each massage. The award-winning spa was voted best spa by the readers of the San-Antonio Express-News, and was deemed best spa and best massage by readers of San Antonio Magazine.
Knockouts Haircuts for Men is a guy-centric salon that's been featured on the Today Show. Its décor mimics that of a boxing ring, but—unlike the real thing—guests look fresher when they leave. Complimentary beverages greet the mitts of each client, and flat-screen televisions and quality service round out a first-rate experience. Your heavyweight treatment includes a consultation, before-and-after shampoos, a cut, a rinse, and styling according to your personal preferences. Each weary head will be treated to a scalp massage and one nametag identifying it as "Movie Actor Harrison Ford."
A.R.T. Massage Body Spa takes its name from the three adjectives that describe each one of its services: advanced, relaxing, and therapeutic. The staff promises their clients will enjoy the latest techniques designed to both soothe the mind and relieve specific needs. Massage therapies thwart tension and improve range of motion, and custom spray tans give skin a sun-kissed glow without having to find a sun-size box of chocolates first. Using Éminence Organic products, the staff cleanses skin and fights signs of aging during signature, cleansing, or organic express facials with blends of organic herbs, fruits, and vegetables rich with nutrients.
Set inside a 1920s bungalow, the spa decorates each private room in modern decor with subtle touches, such as finger bells and aromatics, that appeal to all senses. Before or after treatments, patrons can peruse a selection of clothing, candles, handbags, and jewelry inside the spa’s retail area, which also sells the Éminence Organic skincare line.
Skin the Day Spa prides itself on exceptional customer service, pampering men and women of all backgrounds, foregrounds, and poregrounds. Stop wasting time with peanut-butter bribes and let one of the spa's experienced aestheticians quickly lure your best face forward with a 55-minute European Facial ($70), including steaming, exfoliation, mask, massage, and extraction as needed. During the approximately 45-minute Natural Warm Cream Manicure ($20), an expert finger-tip rejuvenator will regale your mitten-stuffers with mollycoddling, shaping your nails, cosseting your cuticles, relaxing you with massage, and applying a fresh coat of shiny OPI polish. Finally, kick up your feet and indulge in the approximately 50-minute Pedicure of the Month ($35–$40). The prized pedi builds on all the classic toe techniques (grooming of nails and cuticles, massage, and polish), adding seasonal ingredients into both the water and the mask. May's pedicure features fresh rose petals ($40), while June's treatment tantalizes with tangerine ($35). Future Pedicures of the Month are yet to be determined; call or check the website for more information.
After earning his license and working as a therapist in various other spas, Dre M. Ellis felt it was time to see what he could do on his own. If the long list of happy clients at Rubzdeep Massage is any indication, he has succeeded wildly. The entrepreneurial therapist stakes his stellar reputation on traditional modalities such as Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massage, though he also specializes in prenatal and therapeutic techniques.
To keep things interesting, Dre also offers an alternative menu with exotic treatments such as a Balinese massage, which combines kneading and rolling strokes with a foot massage and coconut oils. Another technique Dre has plucked from the far reaches of the world is acupressure, an Asian massage style that balances the body by applying finger pressure to the red reset button at the bottom of the spine.
Estrella Massage Therapy's Estrella Ortega trained at the Academy for Massage Therapy Training. There, she cultivated her skills in Swedish, deep-tissue, trigger-point, and prenatal modalities. She also performs spa treatments such as mud and paraffin masks, and hot-stone treatments for feet and hands—which, since everything's bigger in Texas, are actually hot-bolder treatments.