Sometimes it takes more than medication to heal. That?s why acupuncturist Linda Wentz founded Holistic Touch Center and its mission to help hasten the healing process by offering services that extend beyond the body to incorporate the needs of the mind and spirit. There, Silvy Franco, the center's holistic esthetician, blends years of skin care experience with training in natural health and energy medicine to produce treatments that restore the body while rebalancing the mind and spirit. She reads each client's skin like a map, plotting out appropriate treatment courses that are delivered as part of one of the center's rituals, which include components ranging from traditional facials and detoxifying peels to Vitamin C infusions and cold stone massages. In addition to performing these rituals, Silvy also helps clients adapt these treatments for use in at-home skin care regimens, keeping epidermises glowing and well-adjusted to changes in seasonal weather.
Those interested in acupuncture may enlist in Kirsten Jacob, a trained herbalist who received her Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Han University of Traditional Medicine in Tucson, Az. In addition to specializing in facial-rejuvenation acupuncture treatments, she also possess a background in pediatric respiratory therapy as well as general family treatment. Her specialities include pediatric and family acupuncture, behavioral/learning issues, and stress reduction and internal medicine. Kirsten incorporates classical Chinese botanical therapy into her work, which includes tui na?or Chinese medical/therapeutic massage?cupping, and moxa. When she is not helping her clients attain inner peace through eastern healing techniques, she tends to her kids while indulging in reading, writing, and traveling.
An offshoot of Dr. Jeanne Smith's obstetric and gynecological practice, Pampered Expectations Medical Spa tends to beauty both inside and out. The spa’s experienced staff members sic anti-aging facials on laugh lines and weight-loss programs on extra pounds. In Dr. Smith's sister practice, she compassionately shepherds patients toward motherhood with obstetric services, particularly doting on those affected by risky conditions such as gestational diabetes and preterm labor. She also helps new broods to plan and nurture their family trees, performing minimally invasive surgical procedures in her office, at the hospital, or in the backseat of a Dodge Dynasty as needed.
Dr. Smith augments her healing with luxurious amenities, inviting patients to sink into the Spring office's cozy waiting-room seating and glug free coffee, tea, or bottled water. Complimentary WiFi and soothing music ease patrons into treatments atop heated exam tables and sheets warmer and softer than a curious kitten who stumbled into a bowl of soup. During downtime, personal TVs in each room entertain patients with the day’s latest broadcasts.
At Angelical Massage, Angelica Leticia Garcia blends her training from the Houston School of Massage and the International School of Cosmetology. The Mexico City native has earned certifications in massage modalities such as the ancient Indian art of Ayurvedic massage as well as hot-stone therapy, which features river rocks tumbled smooth by rival gangs of angry carp. She accompanies her relaxing kneads with skincare treatments such as facials and exfoliating body wraps.
Medical aesthetician Maria Guadalupe Tello and her team at Day Dream Spa and Salon pamper epidermises with organic spa services ranging from facials and chemical peels to soothing massages. Also at the spa and salon, Patricia Yenera tackles the next phase of beauty by adorning visages with makeup and embellishing coiffures with hair extensions or cuts representing their favorite college lacrosse teams.
The founder of Health & Beauty By Design is not only an avid student of holistic therapies, she's also a licensed massage therapist, aesthetician, and natural health practitioner. For more than 35 years, she has dedicated her talents toward improving the vitality and beauty of others. She selects the purest ingredients for massages and skincare treatments, integrating therapeutic-grade essential oils and botanical emollients whenever possible.
To firm up sagging jowls, you wouldn’t normally think to visit a massage therapist. But in addition to soothing aches with Swedish and deep-tissue modalities, Rena Dearman combats signs of aging with a transforming face-lift massage—a technique that helps boost circulation to give skin a firmer, more radiant appearance. Relaxation is still a big part of her mission, however, and she delivers it through luxurious extras such as heated stones and foot scrubs.