Holly Cook believes so strongly in the healing power of touch that she named her massage and wellness studio Touch Matters. Guests are invited to the tranquil ivory space for hands-on treatments including hot-stone, therapeutic, and Thai massages and raindrop-therapy sessions. The licensed massage therapist also offers detoxifying body wraps, foot reflexology, and exfoliating back scrubs.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Experienced in working in a medical, as well as a spa environment.
Get relief from pain and stress.
Your massage is completely customized for YOU!
All products are fully ORGANIC!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I wanted to provide high quality, customized, truly ORGANIC massages and spa services and really pamper my clients without charging extra.
I couldn't do that working for someone else.
What do you love most about your job?
I sincerely love helping people obtain their own best level of health and well-being, whether they need pain relief, education about their muscles,
or helping them relax
after a hard week.
I get great satisfaction from being a part of their journey to wellness.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
Thank you for figuring out what was causing my back pain.
No one has been able to help me before!
As a child visiting his grandfather's small clinic in Garland, Dr. Eric Wu witnessed the rejuvenating benefits of traditional acupuncture therapy firsthand. Then later in life, when an automobile accident had left him with chronic pain, Dr. Wu found relief in the form of chiropractic care. Because of these past experiences, Dr. Wu embraces both approaches at his practice, knowing that a combination of chiropractic sessions and acupuncture treatments tends to have a synergistic effect upon a person's health.
Chiropractic care and acupuncture share the common goal of jump-starting the body's natural healing capabilities, albeit by different means. During chiropractic adjustments, Dr. Wu checks for any misaligned vertebrae, which can place pressure on the spinal cord and interfere with the nervous system's function. Correcting these alignment issues facilitates uninterrupted communication between organs and helps alleviate the constant aches and fatigue that can interfere with everyday life. Alternately, acupuncture treatments focus on points of stagnation in the flow of the body's natural energies. These blockages can be removed by inserting needles, applying fingertip pressure, or using electrical stimulation. Dr. Wu specializes in needle-free acupuncture, opting instead to stimulate pressure points with a low electrical current, making the treatment ideal for children and adults afraid of needles. Needle-free treatment is also helpful for treatment of sensitive points on the head and face. Both chiropractic sessions and acupuncture appointments promote a sense of holistic wellbeing, without resorting to unnecessary medications, surgeries, or tongue-depressor prescriptions. Instead, they aim to relieve existing symptoms while also bolstering the body's ability to stave off future complications.
After completing her massage studies at Texas Healing Arts Institute, Kristen Tagle tempered her skills in the fires of a local chiropractic office. She spent this time using modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, sports, and prenatal to treat muscular dysfunction while developing an understanding of how each helped soothe particular aspects of muscular stress. Now the owner of Heart & Sole Massage, Kristen works alongside therapists who demonstrate a similar commitment to these modalities and devise treatment strategies that address clients’ particular aches and pains. Initial consultations allow staffers to review each visitor’s medical history, past injuries, physical conditions, and ill-fitting nicknames, and after the sessions they can recommend exercises and self-care therapies to perform at home. A deep-blue couples room, meanwhile, allows those celebrating a date night or a platonic date night to enjoy the soothing power of massage together.
Blue Water Spa's menu of services offers no shortage of relaxing and beautifying options. Their facial menu alone features 6 different facial types, including the Hydrolifting Deep-Cleaning facial, which is designed to hydrate, cleanse, and firm skin, and the Sea C Spa facial, which works to delay and reduce the signs wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Blue Water Spa's staff also includes licensed massage therapists who rely on nine different massage styles to fight tension and ease stress, including barefoot ashiatsu and Ashi-Thai massages, structural deep-tissue massages, Swedish massages, and aromatherapy massages. A menu of add-ons such as hot stones, Biofreeze cold-therapy pain relief, and foot scrubs, allow clients to concoct a custom treatment that meets their needs.
With haircuts, blowouts, extensions, makeup, waxing and even massages, Russ and Company Salon takes the offerings of a typical parlor and turns them up to the next level. Located on West Avenue near the University of Texas, this bright and cheery space with a retro feel boasts over a dozen beauty professionals ready to make your everyday look spectacular, or prepare you for a special occasion. Knowledgeable staff can serve up beauty packages to fit your particular needs, or suggest take home products to finish the job yourself. The shop even offers a service called "Beauty on the Go," where licensed cosmetologists provide mobile salon and massage services. Perfect for a wedding or special event, this service offers hair, makeup and false eyelash work, among other last-minute beauty needs.