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Austin Health & Beauty

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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.
tenoverten
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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