Apothecaries predate modern chemistry and pharmacology by hundreds of years, tracing their tradition of fashioning medicinal compounds from natural ingredients to Baghdad in the 8th century and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. These skilled practitioners developed proven techniques to heal weary patients with organic balms and soothe hoards of barbarian Gauls with aromatic oils. Located near Lake Ray Hubbard, Affinity Salon & Spa mines these ancient techniques in its own apothecary, custom-making products and reinforcing their mission to guarantee each client "quality services with a personal touch." Winners of a 2010 Talk of the Town award, the staffers dote on every guest with spa and salon services that integrate oils, herbs, and teas to foster a relaxing, organic experience.
Rockwall Aesthetic Center's owner, Jan Blaha, pulls off a paradox at her clinic. While she and her staff work to keep their laser and beauty technologies up to date, at the same time they maintain the tranquil atmosphere of a traditional spa. This peaceful ambiance can be attributed, in part, to the way each of the trained medical aestheticians use a soft hand and subtle touch to beautify their clients. They also personalize each treatment using information from a complimentary pre-service consultation. Dermaplaning, chemical peels, microdermabrasions, and hydrofacials all help to restore youthful glows, while lasers are used for anything from removing hair and reducing fine lines to cutting away uncomfortable, shrunken sweaters.
Belfiore Salon & Day Spa is 10,000 square feet of luxury. Virtually every possible beauty, relaxation, and wellness service is available here, from massage therapy and hair removal to Brazilian blowouts, mani-pedis, and permanent cosmetics application. Come in for a chic new haircut and an indulgent body wrap, or have eyelash extensions applied and a laser hair removal treatment administered by a licensed professional. You can even work out—head over to the Elite Fitness Center to use weight-training and cardio machines, or try a small group fitness class. Tired muscles relax in the onsite steam and sauna rooms, leaving visitors feeling relaxed, renewed, and totally pampered.
Prior to opening Zen Spa & Skincare in 1996, licensed aesthetician Kathy Trinh trained under several acne experts, including—most notably—Dr. James Fulton, the co-developer of the acne-fighting drug Retin-A. Nowadays, Trinh has joined his ranks as an expert, helping patients diminish the appearance of blemishes with Jet Peel exfoliation, microdermabrasion, ultrasound waves, and PCA skincare products. Though her specialty lies in tending to faces, she extends her pampering abilities to performing body wraps, mani-pedis, and hot-stone massages that use rocks sourced from playgrounds during games of Hot Lava.
Owner Janice Reyes and her stylists sculpt hair inside a historic brick building adorned with a mural of pink and periwinkle roses. In addition to cuts, color, and straightening treatments, stylists rearrange hair in sophisticated updos using products by Redken and Pureology. Mani-pedis keep nails looking neat, and massages with face cleansing help keep skin aglow with health. When they aren't cosseting clients, stylists keep the Alante boutique stocked with fun clothing for women of all ages and any number of heads.
Muscles have long memories. Deep within their tissue lies a record of built-up stress, which in turn can cause issues such as anxiety, poor sleep patterns, or low energy. But all of those issues can melt away once within Purpose in Touch's private treatment rooms, where soft music makes a relaxing soundtrack to Adrina Carter's Swedish massages.
Ms. Carter uses broad and flowing strokes throughout the body, employing extra pressure on problem areas, like that one toe that insists on doing its own thing. Other issues call for different modalities. For muscle spasms and pain, she relies on deep-tissue techniques. For athletes, she administers stretching and compression techniques during sports massages. Whatever the treatment type, Ms. Carter draws on an expertise honed in a 600-hour course in massage therapy as well as additional training in clinical massage and anatomy. She can also recommend a follow-up massage plan, such as monthly sessions.