Seasons change, and Jennifer Anderson changes with them; she offers special holiday packages that feature peppermint (for the winter holidays), rose sugar scrubs (for Valentine’s Day), and pumpkin facials during the fall. Of course, Jennifer has a special package for spring, too—a Spring Bling special with a lavender, lilac, or rose essential-oil aromatherapy massage, plus a 30-minute hand scrub and a 30-minute earth foot treatment.
Jennifer’s passion for massage therapy spans the entire year. The licensed therapist distills that passion into each massage she renders. After listening closely to clients as they convey their particular ailments or pinpoint areas of soreness, Jennifer engages muscles in the appropriate amount of stretching. She then can perform a number of modalities, from Swedish and deep-tissue to more intricate therapies such as hot stone and prenatal.
Salt Spot has taken halotherapy a long way from its roots as a healing tradition of antiquity. While the ancient Greeks had to journey to dark, subterranean salt mines to take in therapeutic breaths and season their french fries, Salt Spot's patrons reap the benefits of sodium-rich air from the comfort of salt cocoons. From a single tablespoon of pharmaceutical-grade salt, the spa's private pods generate a naturally anti-inflammatory and antifungal mist that seeps through the pores and respiratory systems of its occupant to clarify the skin and ease breathing.
At Cielo Spa, clients can find relief for everything from stress to headaches and fibromyalgia. Rosalba and Raul Flores—the sister-and-brother team behind the spa—have created a service menu that includes deep-tissue, hot-stone, and trigger-point massage. Additionally, they offer paraffin hand and foot treatments, various facials, and a body scrub crafted from Dead Sea salts and essential oils.
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Licensed massage therapist Marie relaxes tight muscles in the neck, shoulders, and back with her soothing Swedish massages at Exhale Medical Massage and Rehabilitation. This type of massage helps relieve muscle tension with a combination of gliding strokes, firm kneading, and rhythmic tapping. The tranquil environment at Exhale further increases relaxation, allowing clients to leave feeling looser and less stressed.
For most people, glamorous isn't the first word that comes to mind when thinking of army veterans. But most people probably haven't met Jennifer Phinney, an 18-year army vet and Texas Army National Guard member who also boasts 17 years of experience as a professional hairstylist. She's a recent addition to the team at Southern Charm Salon, MedSpa & Boutique, where she can often be overheard chatting up new clients about their lifestyles and personal styles while working with them to craft new looks or just maintain classic ones. She performs both cuts and color, as well as makeup applications, waxing, and nail services.
It's called the million-dollar stretch. After placing both palms on the hip joint, she slides one hand up the back, and the other hand down the leg––a soothing traction that is a favorite among her massage clients. Jasmine Painter has always loved healing, from her first job selling vitamin and essential oils, to today, working as a fully licensed massage therapist. While Sunlight cascades through her studio's peach curtains, client aches surrender to flowing hot stone therapy, Swedish strokes, and deep-tissue pressure.