In the Dark Ages, princesses exfoliated with Fabergé-egg dust and filed fingernails on the edges of gold doubloons. Revel in more modern and effective beauty luxury with today's Groupon: for $195, you get a Mother's Day package, which comprises a massage, facial, pedicure, and a $15 gift card (a $395 value), at Woodhouse Day Spa on Capital of Texas Highway.
Winner of six Best of Citysearch 2010 awards, including Best Massage and Best Facial, Woodhouse Day Spa treats patrons to organic approaches to skincare rooted in scientific sense. Motherships' back panels are mellowed with a 50-minute Swedish massage (a $90 value) that utilizes long, flowing strokes to reduce muscular tension and gently encourage apathetic circulation into caring once more. The 50-minute advanced anti-aging facial ($150 value) puts Father Time to bed while awakening the growth of new cells, and the vitamin-C mask (a $35 value) protects skin from free radicals threatening a sit-in. The eyes' naturally occurring sandbags shrink from the chill of eye-contour therapy (a $25 value), and tense talons unfurl under the 50-minute, organic sugar-scrub pedicure, a foot exfoliation followed by a massage with warm volcanic stones and prettifying toenail polish (a $70 value). A deep-moisture booster softens rough soles ($10). Before leaving, guests take home a $15 gift card to use for hand or foot waxing or toward a more expensive future treatment.
Many of Woodhouse Day Spa's holistic treatments begin with rituals that do not involve circles of bearded men holding candle-knives; instead, a calming ritual at the outset using essential oils eases visitors into a state of tranquil introspection. Whether treating a beleaguered mother to a bliss-stuffed afternoon, treating yourself to well-deserved pampering, or posing as a spa-going mom to dodge bootlegging gangsters, Woodhouse's Mother's Day package will surely get the job done.
The Woodhouse Day Spa
At The Woodhouse, relaxation begins upon each guest's arrival in the spa's dedicated Quiet Room. A luxurious 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.