Dallas, the big city in the state that’s known for big, proves true to its position in many ways. Big football, big portions at any number of their big steakhouses,big cowboy charm, big malls, big luxury hotels… the list goes on. And housed in those big, illustrious malls and luxury hotels – from the big chains like the Ritz Carlton to the exclusive boutiques Hotel Zaza and The Joule – are supersized spas, offering the usual menu of facials, massages, and salon services and then some. Totally organic body treatments, acupuncture and other Eastern healing practices, body treatments made with wine, and more are available across this vast city from Uptown to Lower Greenville. So the next time you go on down to Dallas, try these spas out for size.
For specialized treatment not found in just any old day spa, check out the holistic and energetic therapies found in Exhale Spa, a chain of centers spreading healing Eastern modalities all over the country. For true pain relief, and relaxation beyond the quick fix of massage therapies, and detox deeper than a scrub can reach, try treatments like Cupping therapy, Reiki healing, Vibration therapy, Acu-Organ detox before basking in their eucalyptus steam room. Exhale doesn’t believe in cheap and easy facelifts or superficial body treatments: they host classes in Chill and Flow yoga, Barre, and Power Flow, as well as physical improvement workshops. Their healing methods go well under the surface of just skin, and people who walk out do so feeling utterly relaxed, through and through, and simply purer and healthier.
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The Spa at the Crescent Hotel in the swank European-style hotel and shopping complex located Uptown, The Crescent, provides solace from the bustling city-block-sized commercial outlet. This 22,000-square-foot retreat offers all of the amenities of any world-class spa, including a Jacuzzi, 16 treatment rooms, fitness center, splash pool, whirlpools, steam room, a healthy café and more. Their treatment options range from a quick fix "Spa D-Lite" menu with 25-minute services that pack a punch to the standard fare of professional facials, cutting-edge skin care treatments, tanning, nails and healing massages. Their Healing Our Heroes invites community public servants like members of the Armed Services, fire fighters, nurses, law enforcement and teachers to receive discounts of up to $60 off certain facials, massages, manis and pedis.
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The building which now houses Le Méridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh, was constructed in 1923, and still aims to stay consistent with the elegance of the Gilded Age, with some modern twists thrown in. Surely they didn’t have whirlpools in the 1920s, but we can praise the heavens that they have them now! The Spa at the Stoneleigh, a compact 5,200-square-foot oasis, offers both traditional and holistic therapies – nothing fancy, just a soothing massage and natural scrubs in their seven massage treatment rooms, as well as a hair and nail salon for girls about to go out, relaxation rooms, and Experience 5-jet showers for a full body clean.
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Located in the always funky Design District, the V Spa in the Hilton Anatole hotel truly pampers above and beyond normal hotel spas. Their specialty massages and body treatments involve hot stones, vin-therapy (intoxicatingly relaxing), maple sugar, mineral salt body polish and more. For guests looking for something more than a typical facial, the V Spa offers cutting-edge enhancement services, like microdermabrasion, collagen, micro-current eye treatments, eye lifts, ultrasound hand renewal and waxing, all executed by expert hands. The soothing Asian-inspired art and cozy fabrics, heated massage beds, healthy snacks, heated shoulder and neck pillow and lavender-scented eye pillow all contribute to an unforgettably relaxing atmosphere. After treatments, don’t forget to take the hidden stairway to the Jacuzzi.
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Nothing makes more sense than organic products at a luxury spa and salon. Why should anybody allow toxins and unfound chemicals enter through their pores if they have an option of something better? Well, simply because very often there isn’t something better. Here’s the thing about going all-organic that goes far beyond the label: it takes work. It takes work to figure out what works and how it works, and where to source these ingredients. It takes years and generations of recipes. Spa Habitat puts in the time – they know that organic arnica treats strained muscles and St. John’s Wort decreases anxiety; they know how to apply both solutions before giving a kick-ass deep tissue, neck and shoulder massage.