For owners Holt and Randi Field, the main tools they work with are their hands. The pair of massage therapists deftly uses them in a range of modalities, customizing each session with hot stones that melt stress, deep-tissue kneads that target muscle knots, and gentler strokes that accommodate expectant mothers. They enhance these strokes with a range of add-ons, including the herb scents emitting from their steaming hot towels, the stress-relieving pressure of reflexology, and the skin renewing of the dry-brush exfoliation. The pair makes a point to never rush a client out of a room, instead ensuring visitors have time to adjust back to the daily grind or a packed schedule of shouting apocalyptic prophecies on the street corner.
As a massage therapist for 17 years and an Army officer for more than two decades, Lynn Wood knows a lot about the limits, strengths, and health of the human body. Lynn helps her clients fight away worries as well as aches, pains, and injuries with four types of massage treatments. She takes particular pride in the fact that her practice is different from most corporate establishments. Whispering Waters Massage Therapy doesn't require any membership plans. Lynn also doesn't pander for tips or sell any products, and she never cuts sessions short in order to rush in the next clients or yell the surprise twist at people waiting for a movie.
Austin Body Contouring has one goal: streamline their patients’ silhouettes. To that end, the staff employs a two-pronged approach of laser treatments and dietary supplements. They wield the beams of Zerona Laser Lipo and Lapex LipoLaser systems, designed to flatten fat cells and burn calories, respectively.
Shala Raesz has transformed a multitude of manes in the 10 years she has been in the hair business. At the helm of her own salon chair inside The Jagged Edge Salon, Shala snips away as if her hands and scissors are one, removing unwanted length and adding trendy layers and bangs. She also mixes bowls of hair dye to color clients’ manes and any hard-boiled eggs they bring along.
Black-and-white portraits pop against walls of silver damask. An antique love seat sidles up to a zebra-printed chest. A chandelier's light glints against a table's gilded filigree. Although The Beauty Dive's historic-cottage setting radiates all things vintage, there is nothing dated about the pampering that occurs at the able hands of owner Yvette Reese and her staff. Yvette suffuses her studio with an atmosphere of creativity, encouraging her stylists and aestheticians to heed their own artistic inspiration as they forge modern hairstyles, eye-catching nails, and captivating cosmetic applications. To keep the image artisans up-to-date on the latest techniques, industry experts arrive every few months to lavish the staff with hands-on training and lessons in split-end psychology.
As stylists sculpt coifs to flatter individual faces, pedicure clients melt into oversize armchairs and bask in the skills of a master Shellac nail technician, who dips feet in fresh bowls of lavender-infused water before refining nails with sterile implements, unused files and buffers, and Opi and CND polishes. The beauty experts wield serums by Eminence Organics, Rusk, and Kevin Murphy, each of which are available for purchase to aid at-home primping. Between services, clients sip on wine, champagne, and martinis as they browse the boutique's collection of accessories and apparel from Johnny Was and 4 Love and Liberty, savoring a better union of sparkles and spirits than the wedding-ring speakeasies of the 1920 diamond prohibition.