Carissa Ballard is a licensed cosmetologist, certified paramedical aesthetician, registered massage therapist, and certified intradermal cosmetic technician. She has been serving the cosmetology field since 1993 and field of massage therapy since 1996. Although, her passion and knowledge started long beforehand. As a child she was always mixing and creating 'potions' to put on her brothers, or was creating a new hairstyle on her dolls. When a teenager, due to her mother's influence, her interests turned to alternative health, herbology, and organic diet. In the early 90's, along side cosmetology school, Carissa trained extensively in the realms of skin care, make-up artistry and camouflage aesthetics with Erica Miller and Paula Dean (two of today's leading spa experts).She also trained at the Scott & White Memorial Hospital Division of Plastic Surgery, Medical Aesthetics program. In the mid 90's, post massage therapy school, Carissa worked with and assisted Dr. Jin, Chinese Acupuncture Doctor. Under his guidance she greatly expanded her knowledge on the body's meridian systems and acupressure points. She also volunteered with The Look Good, Feel Good Program in Dallas, and worked with several Cancer and Burn survivors within the realm of clinical aesthetics and camouflage. Wanting to work more extensively in that area, she spent the next several years training in Manual Lymphatic Drainage. She has trained under experts from Spain, Germany, and France with well over 100 hours in MLD, making it one her specialties. In 1996 she was asked to demonstrate MLD and present it's benefits to Doctors at an Alternative Cancer Clinic in Mexico. Carissa also is a Reiki practitioner and CranioSacrial therapist. She has developed her own method of combining the different modalities, often working on a cellular level. Over the years she taught beauty basics at a modeling school, and has trained many therapists in the Fredericksburg area in spa techniques. To this day, Carissa travels the country to the industry's leading shows, seminars, and continuing education classes with the top experts of today, always expanding her and her staff's knowledge. Her interests are also in metaphysics and the healing arts. She is now in an apprentice program with an Eskimo healer from Greenland. Together with the community of their circle, they are working on a global movement of "Melting The Ice in the Heart of Man". In 1996 Carissa authored, coordinated, and managed the first day spa in Fredericksburg. Just a few months after it's spa program was launched, the spa was featured as one of the top day spas in the country by SELF magazine. In 1998, Carissa opened her own businesses. Spa to Go and European Day Spa of Fredericksburg. The pioneer of spa services in Fredericksburg, Carissa started the movement of spa services in the Bed and Breakfasts. Today several have on site mini spas. She also was the first to introduce the products and philosophy of Source Vital. Many Fredericksburg therapists and nail technicians have worked and trained at European Day Spa and have utilized Carissa's techniques and product knowledge and have taken them into the community. Since it's opening, European Day Spa has been featured several times in VOGUE including being listed in 'The Best of Texas' Nov.'02., featured in ELEGANT TEXAN - an exclusive magazine with only 'The Best of The Best', and featured in an article by SPAFINDER. Carissa has been quoted in SKIN, INC and DERMASCOPE. She is also named in the 2003-2004 edition of WHO'S WHO IN BUSINESS EXECUTIVES, was nominated for WOMAN OF THE YEAR,2004, and for GREAT WOMEN OF THE 21st Century by the American Biographical Institute. Recently also nominated for 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of The 21st Century by the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge England and nominated for their Lifetime Achievement Award. The most important thing to Carissa and European Day Spa is to share her passion for the spa philosophy. "We understand the importance of you giving your time to us and are dedicated to providing our best efforts. We always use the finest products that not only give exquisite results externally, but also benefit you internally. We believe in holistic therapies and treatments that affect your whole being. We don't want you to just feel good from our services, but also be good. We promise to provide a divine experience that will transform all of your body, mind, soul, and spirit." After a brief reprieve, the latest journey for European Day Spa has been moving its location to Soothing One's Soul spa off of North Milam in Fredericksburg, Texas. It is the perfect setting for your escape. With our new setting, we provide an intimate setting with attention focused on just you and your party. To keep the integrity of our atmosphere, we are only offering natural services. Later, we may incorporate a salon again, but at the moment we are not offering hair and nail services. We strive to make your experience like no other. At our spa your hands and feet get our spaology therapeutic rituals. A true spa experience. We promise you'll be feeling so good and your skin will be so soft, that your nails won't miss a thing. Please be sure to book ahead of time to ensure we can accommodate you and your party. Groups can sometimes be accommodated with advanced notice. Contract stylists can be arranged for wedding parties. Spa cuisine lunch is available at Troisi's with advanced reservation.