All posts tagged: spa

Review: King Spa & Sauna, Dallas

I’d heard about King Spa (and local rival Spa Castle) in Dallas from my best friend, who had visited both with her mom on a few occasions. It’s a Korean style spa and nothing like any other spa I’ve been to. The set-up of the spa is that you are issued a wrist band with a key at check-in. The wrist band serves as your form of payment for any extra services or items during your stay. You settle your bill at the end. Women are issued their “uniform” of t-shirt and elastic-waisted shorts at the front desk while men get theirs once they are in the locker room. In each locker room, you get completely undressed and go into the shower area. (* Yes, completely nude. You need to get over your American fear of being seen nude by others because everyone is naked.) There are rows of open showers, which is your first step before you can use any of the heated pools. The pools are of varying temperatures but all pretty toasty. …

Thai Massage, revisited

I took myself to Lake Austin Spa and Resort to use a gift certificate, and it was the perfect opportunity to try a Thai massage – fancy American style. My first exposure to Thai massage was in Taiwan, which was a bit on the rough side. The massage therapists at my first go literally told us that if anything hurt, we should say something. Sometimes, things get lost in translation. For my second go, I wore regular yoga clothes – opting for a little looser top and my yoga tights. This worked out perfectly as I was comfortable and still had all the range of motion for the therapist to do as she needed. I’m happy to report that my experience this time was much more serene and less of a jarring surprise. My therapist was gentle and eased me into the deeper stretches and compressions. The massage was done on the outdoor deck with partition curtains pulled for privacy and a cooling fan unit blowing on me since summer in Texas is already so …

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