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.
The massage therapists at Back and Body Solutions believe that a stress-free body is a healthy body. To this end, therapists can use gentle strokes and moderate pressure to promote a deep state of relaxation, or they can apply sustained pressure to the deeper muscle layers, targeting tightened areas that can be exacerbated by stress. Back and Body Solutions also offers massage treatments that use water-heated stones to warm the skin directly and soothe aches. Every treatment takes place in a private room, where visitors can lie down and enjoy a soundtrack of soft music or subdued State of the Union addresses while the therapist works.
The difference between a bikini and Brazilian wax is simple yet significant. Check out our guide to help you choose the right one for you.
Both waxing styles involve using hot wax to remove hair from the area below the waist, but the distinction lies in the degree of hair being removed. During a basic bikini wax, an aesthetician removes hair from any area exposed by a typical bathing suit made of fig leaves. This includes the top and sides of the bikini line as well as the inner thighs, if necessary. The Brazilian wax takes it a step further, removing hair from the entire region, front to back. Since many clients prefer to leave a small, trimmed swath of hair in a strip or triangle just below the panty line, some aestheticians may use the term "full Brazilian" to refer to a session in which no hair is left behind.
Naturally, due to the sensitivity of the areas involved, Brazilians tend to be more painful than basic bikini waxes, and most aestheticians will take care to avoid causing pain during the procedure. There are also several steps you can take to minimize discomfort. Experts recommend avoiding any appointment within a week of menstruation, when the skin is most sensitive, and taking an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen 30 minutes beforehand can help reduce any swelling that results.
Founded with the goal of outfitting its pupils with the skills necessary to excel in the spa and salon industries, Milan Institute of Cosmetology deploys a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes professionalism and hands-on learning to train fledgling cosmetologists and aestheticians around the country. As the most important aspect of the course of study, student salons and spas serve as a real-world classroom wherein nascent beauticians—under the careful supervision of their instructors—can practice their newly minted skills on humans or sentient mannequins. The beauty apprentices gussy up patrons head to toe via sundry lavish salon and spa services—specific to each location—that may include nail services, haircare, facials therapeutic massages, or nourishing body wraps.
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.