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Balancing Energy Health & Yoga Center
1444 Oak Lawn Ave., Ste. 319, Design District
Lisa Breitenwischer opened her yoga studio in 2012. There, she teaches highly individualized classes and runs a program of personalized holistic treatments and nutritional counseling. Among the treatments available at her intimate studio is a new IR sauna, which is as gratifying before or after a yoga class as it is affordable.
Dr. Martin Kassir
8335 Walnut Hill Ln., Vickery Meadow
This is a real-deal dermatologist office that just happens to offer cosmetic procedures. This means that Dr. Kassir and his staff are pros at pinpointing and treating skin-related ailments while also offering patients some pretty intense anti-aging treatments: traditional, extraction-focused facials, microdermabrasion, and DermaFrac (sounds scary, but it’s actually a supper effective). You can expect some downtime after most treatments, but it's kind of worth it considering the results are no joke.
2410 Victory Park Lane, Design District
Dallas friends swear they've experienced the best facials of their lives at the hands of Joanna Czech, who incorporates LED therapy into her treatments. After studying biology in Poland, she made a name for herself sculpting and rejuvenating some of the most famous faces in NYC before setting up shop in Dallas in 2012. In fact, she still makes it out to NYC's Paul Labrecque Spa on the regular to treat her East Coast clients.
Lake Austin Spa & Resort
1705 S. Quinlan Park Rd., Lake Austin
You don’t necessarily think “water” when you think “Texas”, but Lake Austin Spa Resort, set right along 21 miles of riverfront, is water center. It’s a retreat for people who come and stay for a long weekend or more, but at the same time, a place locals come often for everything from facials and pedicures to more serious treatments. Water is used in signature treatments—like the exceptional, pain-relieving myofascial release massage conducted in warm water—and in classes—from the Sunset Glow paddle class and waterfall hiking to floating meditation. But even just downtime spent lounging in a hammock along the river is restorative: You soak up negative ions that naturally boost serotonin simply standing on the shore. A new organic garden supplies the healthy, locavore spa kitchen (there are classes with chef Stephane Beaucamp as well as celebrity guest chefs). Come January, a new water taxi service will ferry guests to the spa by boat.
LOVE Cycling Studio
507 Pressler, Clarksville
LOVE's bread and butter is a 45-minute spin class—there's one aimed at beginners and another for more experienced riders. They also have a family class (ages twelve and up). Classes end with the popular, cooling, eucalyptus-spritzed face towel.
Rae’s Reiki-focused practice, Blue Sky Healing, has its home base in Austin, Texas, but she also practices in New York and LA. In addition to her individualized healing sessions, Rae teaches master Reiki classes for those interested in learning themselves. (On this list, she’s trained Colleen McCann, as well as Santa Monica hair stylist/colorist, Andi Scarbrough, who incorporates body and energy work into her one-of-a-kind hair treatments.)
Rosewood Crescent Hotel Spa
400 Crescent Ct., Uptown
This sprawling spa complex operates out of the Rosewood Crescent Hotel, so tasteful luxury is a given. With that in mind, a full day is well-spent here: They offer private yoga and pilates classes, a health-centric café, and treatments that range from the basic (manis and pedis) to the intense (hard-core lymphatic draining treatments). We especially love that the spa is open to kids, with a full menu of kid-friendly treatments (and snacks in the café).
Somatique Medical + Dental Spa
5600 W. Lovers Ln., Park Cities
As the name suggests, this place takes a pretty hardcore, comprehensive approach to beauty (the office is staffed with plastic surgeons and cosmetic dentists). In fact, clients credit the owners, Donald and Beverly Breshers, with introducing the med-spa concept to Dallas some 20 years ago and continue to rely on them for consistently introducing treatments. While you can come here for all manner of cosmetic procedures, less-invasive options, like full-body endermologie and peels, are also on offer.
1020 Raiford Rd., Carrollton
This mini chain of mega spas offer something called Sauna Valley: You'll find every conceivable temple—gold, Himalayan Salt, infrared, far infrared, color therapy—and an equal number of pools to match. The Texas outpost is open 24-hours-a-day, while the Queens location is open from 6am to midnight, making this a fun pilgrimage (and a good girls activity). There's an on-site cafeteria, and even a kiddie pool.
1603 S. Congress Ave., South Congress
Non-toxic, ethically-minded nail care migrated west with TenOverTen’s first venture outside New York City. Located within the South Congress Hotel, this spot is less of a conventional nail salon and more of an homage to your trendy friend’s downtown loft. Founders Nadine Abramcyk and Adair Illyinsky construct each salon around the neighborhood in which it lives, and Austin is no exception, with its reclaimed wood and clean, modern lines. The salon is health-centric, so you won’t find any acrylic or gel options, but come prepared for a traditional (yet indulgent) mani/pedi. Take advantage of the convenient hotel location and order food or drinks straight to your (non-massaging) chair.
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