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.
To Shannon Edwards-Moore, a massage isn?t only a relaxing experience?it?s also a chance to leave her satisfied clients feeling balanced in body, mind, and soul. In addition to calming Swedish massages, which she especially recommends for those new to massage, Shannon targets tension and knots with more intense pressure during deep-tissue sessions. Sports massages help stave off athletic injuries or undo the pain caused by limbo incidents, and prenatal massages soothe tired muscles and pregnancy discomfort.
Add-ons take the relaxation even deeper as Shannon applies hot stones, fills the room with tranquil aromatherapy, or treats faces to scrubs, masks, and hot towels. Tucked inside the Alamo Family Fitness Center, her private massage room is awash in ocean blues and soft yellows.
Throughout her two-year stint at a cardiac rehab clinic, Lydia Hernandez met countless patients who suffered from stress and persistent pain. Feeling she could be doing more to help these patients, she founded her own private massage practice, which has since expanded to include a number of massage therapists plus an extra-terrestrial receptionist. The multifaceted staff is proficient in 14 different types of massage modalities. Some methods, such as Swedish, hot-stone, and couples' treatments, are focused on general relaxation and overall well-being, whereas modalities such as deep-tissue, pain-relief, and neuromuscular massage are perfect for those dealing with aches caused by nagging sports injuries and bad backs.
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.
Ben Crabtree of Massage By Ben takes the time to fully understand each client’s needs so he can target treatment to specific ailments. As a licensed massage therapist and certified neuromuscular therapist, he has mastered 17 different techniques to reverse chronic pain and stress. Beyond traditional Swedish and deep-tissue modalities, Ben helps bodies release tension through Ortho-Bionomy therapy, in which he guides limbs through simple positions that compress joints to trigger the body’s corrective reflexes and propensity to hokey pokey. Neuromuscular therapy works to relieve chronic pain by manipulating soft tissue, such as tendons and connective tissue, targeting issues such as carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, and migraines.
It’s a classic “chicken or the egg” debate. Did the mix of athletes, moms, and businesspeople who frequented Trissage create the need for custom massages? Or did the custom massages attract the diverse mix of clientele? Regardless of the verdict one may come to, the result is the same: bodywork treatments tailored to patients’ distinct needs, whether their pains are chronic and dull or acute and caused by getting hugged by a bear. As members of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Trissage’s staffers are versed in deep-tissue, maternity, and Swedish modalities, among others, and they often augment sessions with soft music and hydrating massage oils.