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4 Steps to a Top-Notch Massage

October 26, 2017

We know what you’re thinking. What could possibly make a massage even better? We have the answer: a massage with enhancements. Each enhancement will take your massage to the next level by addressing a specific intention.

 

If you’re on the go:

Our back scrub or foot scrub doesn’t add much time to your reservation, but it makes the experience extra special. Fun fact: our scrubs are made in house and change seasonally. Currently, our in-house scrub is Pumpkin Spice.

If you’re feeling adventurous:

We recommend giving Body Brushing a try. It feels interesting and invigorating. The process helps to prevent cellulite, stimulate circulation, and lymphatic drainage. The best part? You keep the brush and take it home with you. Dry brushing at home can become a simulating ritual, similar to drinking a cup of coffee in the morning.

If you’re trying to beat the cold, winter months:

Our Warm Oil Scalp and Neck massage is the perfect wintertime treat. This enhancement adds an extra 15 minutes to your experience, as your therapist drizzles warm oil down your head and neck before performing a scalp massage.  Make sure you have time to enjoy the steam shower after this enhancement. This icing on the cake with this enhancement: the oils are incredibly hydrating for your hair.

If you want the ultimate “treat yourself” experience:

The Ultimate Massage package includes full body brushing, a 90-minute massage, as well as the Warm Oil Scalp and Neck massage. It’s just as luxurious as it sounds–we promise.

 

Still curious about our enhancements?

Check out the full list here.

 

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Style Guide: 5 Styles Explained

October 25, 2017

Our team of licensed massage therapists is incredibly talented and well-rounded. We always recommend asking your therapist what they specialize in–you never know what interesting skills they bring to the table. When it comes to massage styles, it can be intimidating to know where to start. That’s why we’re starting with the basics. Read on for five common styles explained, debunked, and broken down.

 

Swedish

Let’s start with the basics. Swedish massages are relaxation-based and focus on tension relief. Think flowy, longer stokes. This style will also be customized to your pressure preferences. The goal of Swedish massage is to set your body to homeostasis a.k.a. your body’s center, home base.

 

Deep Tissue

For more focused, therapeutic work, ask your therapist about Deep Tissue. You might benefit from this style if you have concentrated, specific issues you’d like to remedy. A common misconception about Deep Tissue is that the style must be very firm and intense. In fact, our therapists can use the therapeutic benefits of Deep Tissue without using hard or firm pressure.

 

Reiki

Have you ever woken up on the wrong side of the bed? Ever walk away from a situation just feeling kinda bleh?  Do you ever feel an ominous weirdness you just can’t shake? That’s how you know it’s time to try Reiki. It’s a type of subtle therapy using light touch that can help with insomnia, anxiety, digestive issues, relaxation, and even PTSD. It activates your chakras (or energy centers) to help calibrate your energetic field. Science has shown we all have electromagnetic fields around us, and a Reiki therapist can help realign your said field.

At milk + honey, there is still massage incorporated – its partially Signature Massage and partially Reiki. You can even customize the ratio to your preference.

 

Pre-Natal

At milk + honey, we only offer Pre-Natal Massage after your first trimester. We offer a unique bolstering system that can be adjusted to your baby bump to allow the prone position (lying on your stomach.) Of course, you can always lie on your side if that better suits your comfort level. We offer a cold pack during the massage and touching of the abdomen is optional.

Sports Massage

Ready to stretch? Sports Massages lengthen tissues and change fascia. They’re great for pre or post-workout, of course. If you’re active, training for a marathon or 5k, or working through a sports injury, this is your go-to. Don’t be fooled, though — this massage is really for anyone looking to increase flexibility. If you sit at a desk all day, this style would also be helpful for you.

 

Take it home:

Looking to relieve and relax your muscles, but can’t make it into the spa? Here are two at-home steps you can take. First, try our Muscle Soak, formulated with Eucalyptus, Arnica, Rosemary, Sweet Marjoram to soothe aches and pains. Next, follow up with a small amount of our powerful Arnica Balm to soothe targeted muscles and joints. Not as good as a massage, but a close second best.

Shop Muscle Soak

Shop Arnica Balm

 

Still unsure? That’s okay. 

“milk + honey is unique because the consultation process allows us to identify what the you need. Book the time and know that your therapist is going to guide you.”

-LaLa, Licensed Massage Therapist, milk + honey 2nd Street District

 

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5 Travel Tips That Will Keep You Sane, Happy, and Ready for Adventure

June 7, 2017

As most of us know, traveling, especially long-distance travel, inspires a mélange of feelings — ones that can range from pure exhilaration and enlightenment to frustration, impatience, and boredom. Where the latter is concerned, we wish we had the ability to instantly transport ourselves to our final destination. But until the technology to zap ourselves elsewhere is developed (ha), here are a few of my tried-and-true tips for staying sane, happy, and ready for adventure.

  1. Give yourself the spa treatment in the air. Let’s just say that “plane air” isn’t the most pleasant for your skin, but there are certainly ways to minimize the effects of it while you’re en route to point B. Here are some of my go-to tips: Drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated (this should go without saying). Refresh yourself with a gentle toner or mist, like Cosmedix Mystic. If you do feel a spot of plane-induced acne cropping up, apply OSEA Essential Corrective Complex directly to the area and try your hardest not to touch your face!
  2. Meditate. Download the Headspace app stat and put those meditation exercises to good use after takeoff. You’d be surprised how calming, effective, and time-consuming (in the best sense possible) airplane meditation can be. If you’re particularly stressed about the act of flying, this should help immensely.
  3. Stretch and move yo’ body — within reason. I’m not advocating for a full-on yoga sesh on the plane, nor would the flight attendants enjoy that little party trick. Instead, when the seatbelt sign is “off,” get out of your seat, take a quick stretch in the aisle (barring the food cart, etc.) and shake out those limbs. If you’re already heading to the restroom, may I suggest a “figure four” stretch in the back of the plane? This same strategy can be used in other modes of transportation: train aisle works, pull over to the nearest rest stop if you’re driving, and if you’re on a boat, well, now’s the time to find those sea legs! It will feel divine and I promise it will reset your mood for the next couple of hours.
  4. Fill the time with simple pleasures. Whether traveling by plane, train, car, or boat, I find the things that keep me most sane happen to be the things that keep me sane all the time. For me, this means making a new (sometimes, themed) playlist on Spotify for the journey ahead, grabbing a book to read, making sure I have a crossword or two on me, and because I am constantly hungry and don’t want to rely on plane food/gas station fare/etc., I pack delicious snacks to reward myself with. What are the things that make you happy on-the-road?
  5. Pack light + smart. No matter what kind of trip I’m taking, I try to limit my packing to “carry-on” size. This makes the entire experience of traveling so much easier. That said, it’s good to be smart about it. Just because I’m packing light doesn’t mean I’m denying myself items of clothing that I’ll eventually need. I’m just realistic about that stuff I will never wear/take out of the suitcase. If that tactic doesn’t seem like it’s in the cards for you, remember to pack a toothbrush and extra underwear in your purse/backpack/laptop bag, etc. at the very least.

What are your no-fail travel tips? I’d love to hear ’em!

 

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milk + honey’s New Flagship Opens December 12

December 6, 2012

We are very pleased to announced our brand new flagship location in downtown Austin’s 2nd Street District is open as of Wednesday, December 12. milk + honey spa 2nd Street District and SALON by milk + honey 2nd Street District are now under the same roof.

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Address:

100A Guadalupe Street
Austin, TX 78701
click here for map

2nd Street District (spa + salon) is at the signature location of the corner of Guadalupe Street and West Cesar Chavez Street.

Parking options have only slightly changed. City Hall Parking Garage is now the closest option, besides street parking.

Parking Options:

City Hall Parking Garage (301 West 2nd St Austin, TX 78701)
milk + honey validates parking for up to two hours, Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm. Please bring your ticket for us to validate. After 5pm, it is a flat rate of $5. The parking garage is typically free from 8am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. There are sometimes downtown events, in which case they normally charge a flat $5 fee, taken upfront, cash only.

AMLI on 2nd Garage (421 West 3rd St Austin, TX 78701)
AMLI Downtown Garage (201 Lavaca St Austin, TX 78701)
milk + honey validates parking for up to two hours, Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm. Please bring your ticket for us to validate. There is also paid parking in the AMLI Parking Garage, and their prices fluctuate depending on the day and if there are any events.

Silicon Labs Building (400 East Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78701)
This building has a parking fee of $5 after 3pm.

Meter Parking (located on 2nd Street, Guadalupe and San Antonio)
$1 an hour from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Wednesday. $1 an hour from 9am to midnight, Thursday to Friday. $1 an hour 11am to midnight, Saturday. All meters are up to 3 hours. It is free on Sundays. Please give yourself a little extra time to look for a metered spot.

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milk + honey Holiday Hours

December 6, 2012

We’ll be here to help you unwind during most of the holidays. Make sure to schedule your appointments now to make sure you can look and feel your best this holiday season.

December 24th
2nd Street District spa: close at 3pm
2nd Street District salon: closed
Hill Country Galleria spa: close at 3pm
Hill Country Galleria salon: closed
Arboretum Market salon: closed

December 25th
2nd Street District spa: closed
2nd Street District salon: closed
Hill Country Galleria spa: closed
Hill Country Galleria salon: closed
Arboretum Market salon: closed

December 31st
2nd Street District spa: close at 7pm
2nd Street District salon: close at 7pm
Hill Country Galleria spa: close at 7pm
Hill Country Galleria salon: close at 7pm
Arboretum Market salon: close at 7pm

January 1st
2nd Street District spa: 11am to 6pm
2nd Street District salon: closed
Hill Country Galleria spa: 11am to 6pm
Hill Country Galleria salon: closed
Arboretum Market salon: closed

See you in 2013!

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Special Nights to Give and Receive at milk + honey

December 5, 2012

December 6: milk + honey spa 2nd Street District
December 12: SALON by milk + honey Arboretum Market
December 13: milk + honey spa Hill Country Galleria

Join us this holiday shopping season as we partner with three local charities for three nights, proving it is better to give and receive. We’re teaming up with Austin Pets Alive, Autism Speaks, and Dress for Success at all three milk + honey locations. For every gift certificate or retail product purchased, each shopper will choose one worthy cause, and we will donate 15% of the sale to the charity of your choice.

There will be sparkling wine and light refreshments. Holiday gift sets and other products will be available, with our staff available to schedule future appointments and answer all of your questions.

The three special shopping nights begin on December 6 at milk + honey spa 2nd Street District, continue on December 12 at SALON by milk + honey Arboretum Market, and conclude December 13 at milk + honey spa Hill Country Galleria. Each event kicks off at 5pm and goes until close.

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Salon Styling Party at all SALON by milk + honey locations, December 6

November 26, 2012

Join us Thursday, December 6 from 6pm to 8pm at all SALON by milk + honey locations, so you can choose which location is best for you and your friends.

Our experts will teach you simple techniques to transform your style into holiday hair! Enjoy makeup tips, sparkling wine, light refreshments, and 20-minute lessons with a stylist to learn their secret tricks-of-the-trade.

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Peel Party at milk + honey spa Hill Country Galleria, November 27

November 25, 2012

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Back by popular demand, we’re hosting another NuFace and CosMedix Peel Party on Tuesday, November 27 from 9am to 3pm. You’ll enjoy a Cleanse and Blueberry Smoothie Peel. NuFace is the perfect partner for a peel. NuFace’s microcurrent facial toning penetrates the peel into the skin delivering fantastic and effective results. We’ll also have light refreshments, plus Rikki, our CosMedix expert, will be onsite to answer all of your questions.

$50 reserves your spot, includes your peel (regularly $95) and a $15 credit towards CosMedix products. (Peel and credit must be redeemed at the party. Cancellation policy applies.) We’ve always enjoyed a big turnout for our Peel Parties. Call 512.236.1115 to reserve your spot now.

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milk + honey Extended Hours, Parking Options, and Road Closures, When Formula 1 Comes to Austin

November 15, 2012

Formula 1 is Coming, and We’re Open Late!

This weekend Formula 1 kicks off at Circuit of the Americas. With thousands coming to Austin to celebrate, we’re extending our hours at our 2nd Street District spa. Friday through Sunday, November 16 – 18, we’ll be open from 8am to 10pm. Also, there are street closures this weekend: Cesar Chavez and 2nd Street will be open, but 3rd Street will be closed from Congress to Lavaca, and Colorado will be closed from 2nd Street to 5th Street. Here is a detailed listing and interactive map of all street closures due to Formula 1 from AustinTexas.Gov.

Parking Options:

Two parking lots under I-35
• $7
• Directly north and south of 7th St
• 200 spaces in each lot

Two valet parking areas
• $21
• 2nd St. & Colorado
• 5th St. between Lavaca & Colorado

Parking App
If you have a smart phone, check out ParkMe. It’s a great tool that shows available parking based on your current location. It’s free, too!

Capital Metro
If possible, this is a great time to use transit. In addition to regular local bus and rail service, Capital Metro is expanding service during Formula 1, and has a free route that will consistently run.

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Aveda Composition Oils now at milk + honey

November 11, 2012

Aveda Composition Oils are now available at milk + honey. The oils are $21 to $24.

Aveda Composition Oils usage:

  • • After shower or bath — apply a few drops of Composition to damp skin to seal in moisture.
  • • Add to running water for a soothing bath.
  • • Use for a calming scalp and body massage.
  • • Apply a small amount of  Composition directly to problem areas and massage onto skin.
  • • Use it to create a rejuvenating foot bath

Beatifying Composition:
Helps seal in moisture after bathing or during massage with a rich, aromatic, conditioning body oil for dry skin, hair and scalp. Contains jojoba oil and a blend of essences, including rosemary and bergamot.

  • • Relieves dryness and restores moisture
  • • Leaves skin feeling soft and supple

Calming Composition:

A Lightweight, aromatic body oil for bath, body and scalp. Contains organic kukui seed oil, organic sunflower oil, vitamin E and a tranquil blend of rose and other pure flower and plant essences.

  • • Leaves skin feeling soft, supple and conditioned.
  • • Calming aroma soothes the senses.

Active Composition:

With wintergreen oil and menthol, this exhilarating blend of essences helps soothe tired, sore muscles with a combination of cooling and heating sensations.

  • • Invigorating aroma
  • • Excellent for deep-penetrating massage
  • • Awakens and refreshes senses
  • • Not recommended for children

Energizing Composition:

A lightweight, aromatic oil for bath, body and scalp. Contains organic sunflower oil, organic green coffee seed oil, vitamin E and an uplifting blend of essences including lavender, ylang ylang and sweet orange.

  • • Leaves skin feeling soft, supple and conditioned.
  • • Exhilarating, energizing aroma uplifts the senses.

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