Firefly Farm and Day Spa deploys its squadron of trained massage therapists and skilled aestheticians directly to clients' homes for high-quality pampering performed with an arsenal of organic products. After the staff offers fresh bottled water and imported lemonade, clients can exchange their expired skin cells for more fashionable epidermal layer during a high-frequency microdermabrasion facial treatment. The spa's fully vegan and organic body-scrub mask uses marine algae to help balance and moisturize the skin while working to expel toxins, free radicals, and freeloading hippie jewelry. For a more complete escape from a home's unfolded laundry, unfinished dishes, and stubbornly uncommunicative ghosts, clients can transform their abode into a day spa with the full retreat package. Lay back as a caring staff member pampers your visage with an indulgent facial, eases aching muscles with a professional therapeutic massage, and coddles tuckered-out paws or puckered-out mouths with a soothing hand or lip treatment.
Because all of the hairstylists at TréusDell Salon & Spa have a minimum of five years of professional experience, they’re able to offer virtually any hair service under the Texas sun. Specialties range from the latest cuts and coloring techniques to feather-lock and micro-cylinder hair extensions, straightening procedures, and nourishing scalp treatments. The expansive beauty haven is also home to talented aestheticians, massage therapists, nail technicians, and professional makeup artists.
Throughout the staff-decorated space, music creates a relaxing and inviting ambiance. At each of the three locations, a boutique area showcases purses, shoes, and ballroom gowns—must-haves for a beauty pageant or an evening spent convincing people you’re a Norwegian princess.
Southern Breeze Day Spa freshens tired bone bags and soul sacks alike with a variety of detoxification treatments, massages, and other targeted treatments. Freshen a flagging frontispiece with dual services such as a euro-facial, which cleans, tones, and moisturizes skin and includes a rejuvenating scalp massage ($30). Or work out tension from kinked feelers and their like-minded supports by opting for a hand/arm or leg/foot massage ($30 each). A targeted massage ($35) is ideal for unknotting precise pains from a specific area such as the lower back, hips, or hind flanks, and a detoxifying steam treatment ($25) purges the skin while retaining its nutrients and flavor. While bodies are busy blissing, eyes can feast upon the relaxing beach-themed décor or peruse the spa's retail offerings, including Miche bags, as well as an array of tanning and body lotions.
Experienced massage therapist Angie Strickland addresses each client's personal problem spots with Swedish, deep-tissue, or medical massages, selecting the best type to optimize back bliss or ameliorate recurring issues. Swedish massages are customized based on pressure preferences ranging from deep kneading to the same soft strokes commonly practiced on sleeping marshmallows. The firm pressure of deep-tissue massage coddles damaged tissue and targets pain locked inside frames to help heal sore spots and relieve pain. A range of other therapeutic techniques—including neuromuscular, myofascial, and cupping—cosset frames during medical massages. These targeted strokes help soothe aching necks and melt shoulders frozen during sparring matches with snowmen. Hot towels keep massaged muscles warm, loose, and reveling in the afterglow of prolonged relaxation.
At The Woodhouse, relaxation begins upon each client's arrival in the spa's dedicated Quiet Room. A fluffy robe drapes around their shoulders, reflexology sandals lightly massage their feet, and mugs of loose-leaf tea warm their lips as they await the start of their services. The spa's product selection reflects a similar attention to detail: employees fill the shelves with natural, organic, and wild-crafted products. They also go the extra mile to include small extras with each session, such as home-care recommendations after facial treatments and foot-cleansing with each massage. The award-winning spa was voted best spa by the readers of the San-Antonio Express-News, and was deemed best spa and best massage by readers of San Antonio Magazine.
Over the past 10 years, massage therapist Marli Benedict has honed and perfected her knot-banishing skills through a bevy of continuing-education courses in the United States and in Costa Rica. Her arsenal of techniques includes Swedish massage, hot-stone, acupressure, and Thai massage, ensuring that she has the tools to ease discomfort in nearly every client. To thoroughly manipulate tense muscles, Marli keeps her own sinews strong by exercising regularly and practicing massage on anxious mounds of pie dough.