Knockouts Haircuts for Men is a guy-centric salon that's been featured on the Today Show. Its décor mimics that of a boxing ring, but—unlike the real thing—guests look fresher when they leave. Complimentary beverages greet the mitts of each client, and flat-screen televisions and quality service round out a first-rate experience. Your heavyweight treatment includes a consultation, before-and-after shampoos, a cut, a rinse, and styling according to your personal preferences. Each weary head will be treated to a scalp massage and one nametag identifying it as "Movie Actor Harrison Ford."
After graduating from the Sananda Holistic Health program—an intensive training regimen that demands more than 500 hours of hands-on practice—therapist Christina M. Rios was anxious to put her hard-earned skills into practice. Between earning additional certifications in pain management, pregnancy massage, and elder-care massage, she founded Advanced Massage Concepts, where today she helms a staff of experienced therapists with a combined 20 years of experienced and more than 2,000 hours of instruction.
Accumulated stresses dissolve in the center’s private treatment rooms, where music, dimmed lights, and fresh robes conspire to create a relaxing experience. Though anxieties stand no chance against their nimble hands, the therapists specialize in healing specific injuries. The focused pressures of deep-tissue massage or the all-around techniques of Swedish massage—to name only a few—help clients recover from automobile crashes and workplace accidents that commonly result from arm-wrestling peers for promotions.
Emali's stylists make it their business to attend to split ends, frazzled fly-aways, and lackluster locks. The process ($60) begins with a scalp-tingling wash and conditioning, after which defiant tresses are snipped into submission under the masterful scissor-work of a talented hairmeister. After every i has been dotted and each t has been trimmed to look like an undotted i, your saturated mop is dried and styled to reveal a dazzling new scalp-topper. Highlight the new 'do with further face framing in the form of a brow wax ($20). After an aesthetician analyzes the curtain rods to the windows of your soul, she shapes up a new design with a quick rip of the waxy strip, leaving two polished arches behind.
At Angel Touch Therapy, patrons relax in treatment rooms with gold-toned walls and shimmering pillows while licensed massage therapists dissolve tension from the neck and shoulders. Relaxing Swedish massages, ayurvedic herbal massages, and sports massages are a few specialties. For a more youthful look, visitors can also opt for facials that rejuvenate the skin.
Tucked inside the colonial-Spanish-style façade of The Oasis Salon Suites and Spa, Tranquil Touch Therapeutic Massage strives to be an oasis of relaxation. Owner Nelda N. Mar, LMT, takes a holistic approach to wellness, enhancing her therapeutic, Swedish, deep-tissue, and other specialized massage services with stress-relieving aromatherapy.
Within one of Spa 9's private, slate-tiled rooms, cushioned tables nestle half-slumbering clients as they lie face down, backs slathered with decadent body treatments. Five chrome showerheads release cascades of water to rinse the masks away and bring a revitalizing end to the body scrub, one of the spa's six relaxing body treatments. Meanwhile, visages are treated to a slate of facials that target oily or dry skin with exfoliating scrubs and soothing massage, and therapists harness three massage categories to drive away stress and chronic pain. Open until 9 p.m. on weeknights and all day on Saturday, clients can plan for Spa 9's pampering treatments even if they have hectic schedules or calendars full of appointments at the calendar factory.
To Shannon Edwards-Moore, a massage isn’t only a relaxing experience—it’s also a chance to leave 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.