Thailand invented the massage in 391 BC to alleviate the soreness that came from hours of Thai boxing, which had been invented the year before. While it's no longer performed on elephants, the massage's form has changed little in the ensuing centuries—until today's Groupon. For $38, new clients can get a customized one-hour massage from The Spa & Clinic at the Texas Healing Arts Institute.
Angelina Kim of Serenity Wellness Spa is a woman with many talents. She is a licensed acupuncture professional, massage therapist, and aesthetician who treats clients with a menu of relaxing and wellness-inducing treatments. Angelina uses acupuncture to treat ailments such as headaches, depression, and severe pain. With an arsenal of nine different massage modalities, she can knead away tension and stress with Swedish, shiatsu, sports, and hot-stone massages. She also offers professional skincare treatments and waxing services to remove unwanted hair or shape the unsightly, inexplicable mustaches that grow above the eyes.
Cosmetic treatments at About Face exist on a spectrum of spa-style to clinical-grade services. Facials, including the Essential Facial, are designed to hydrate and enhance the skin's complexion. Peels are also offered, such as the Jessner peel, pumpkin peel, and skin brite which chemically exfoliate epidermises, banishing pollutants.
Rather than devote itself entirely to healthy movement or meditative rest, New Self Renewal Center represents both sides of the spectrum. On one side, its fitness area hosts small-group classes ranging from energized boot-camp and Zumba routines to KettleCore, whose strengthening swings were featured in Brava magazine. Students can even order classes from the fitness menu, scheduling sessions of athletic stretching or core work at times that work for them. Personal trainers and a certified wellness practitioner are also on hand to develop custom programs.
Because the center's philosophy is one of balance, it counteracts the gym's kinetic offerings with a spa. There, massage therapists knead away aches, administering add-ons of aromatherapy and moisturizing shea butter, and nail technicians beautify fingertips with signature mani-pedis. The onsite café makes for another replenishing stop between workouts or paraffin dips—its menu includes sandwiches, salads, smoothies, and a variety of housemade items such as hummus and granola.
As a complement to its wide spectrum of amenities and a symbol of its family focus, the center also provides childcare services. Youngsters can draw on the chalkboard wall of the Kid Corner while their parents exercise or relax. At lunchtime, the corner's designated snacking space enables adults to eat with their kids and explain that cutting off sandwich crusts doesn't actually hurt the sandwiches.
Though the stylists at Whitney Hair & Wellness wield scissors with seasoned skill, not all of their services entail subtraction. Some are all about addition, such as the thinning-hair solutions that owner Lindsey Reinke has been practicing for a decade. From her business inside the Yellowstone Salons building, Reinke first consults with clients to better address the symptoms of alopecia, chemotherapy, and aging. She helps guests elongate their strands with natural and synthetic extensions, or takes measurements for a wig instead of simply asking what size bucket they wore on their heads as children. Additionally, her custom hairpieces and laser light therapy work to counteract hair loss.
The stylists also administer cut and color treatments, nourishing tresses with Redken products during personalized appointments. Wave-creating serums and keratin smoothing formulas impart fresh textures, and updos primp patrons for special events.
Though Miracles' quirky and diversely talented staff of stylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians aims to lift patrons' spirits with beauty transformations, their work did not wholly inspire the salon's name—the beauty sanctuary's original location was inside an old church. Owner Kendalia Edelman has since expanded her business into a larger location, enabling her to add an area for laser treatments that target everything from excess hair to leg veins. She also found space for Little Miracles, a separate salon where kids up to age 9 can get haircuts with supervision from parents and invisible friends moonlighting as style consultants.