Meet Carissa- European Day Spa’s Founder & Head Therapist

Carissa Ballard

L.M.T., P.M.A., I.D.C.T.,C.M.M.T., European Day Spa’s Owner & Founder

Carissa is a licensed cosmetologist, certified paramedical aesthetician, licensed massage therapist, certified medical massage therapist, intradermal cosmetic technician, reiki master.

The journey has evolved in many forms

She has been serving the cosmetology field since 1993 and the 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. Due to her mother’s influence as Carissa grew up, her interests turned to alternative health, herbal remedies, and nutrition.

Carissa is also a Reiki practitioner and craniosacral 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 world 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 base.

The spa started out…

…in a quaint two-story Sunday House in 1999 which they quickly outgrew and moved into a large two-story house with a full-service salon. Many years were then spent on the property of a small resort across from Enchanted Rock-Trois Estate. Along the way, Carissa raised two children as a single mother and was honored to watch them grow up and thrive, and has recently been blessed to become a grandmother. In 2013 she moved to Austin to help a family member but instead of closing she downsized her business and commuted several days a week back and forth in order to keep her amazing staff, continue to provide services to the many loyal clients of several years and maintain her roots in the community.

In the early ’90s, alongside cosmetology school, Carissa trained extensively in the realms of skincare, make-up artistry, and camouflage aesthetics. She also trained at the Scott & amp; White Memorial Hospital Division of Plastic Surgery and Medical Aesthetics program. In the mid-’90s after massage therapy school, Carissa worked with and assisted Dr. Jin, a Chinese Acupuncture Doctor. Under his guidance, she greatly expanded her knowledge of the body’s meridian systems and acupressure points. She also volunteered with The Look Good, Feel Better Program in Dallas, and worked with 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 of her specialties. In 1996 she was asked to demonstrate MLD and present its benefits to Doctors at an Alternative Cancer Clinic in Mexico.

Her interests include…

… metaphysics and the healing arts. She apprenticed with many shaman healers including one from Greenland who with the community of their circle, worked on a global movement of “Melting The Ice in the Heart of Man”. In 2015 she became a Mesa Carrier based on the Q’ero teachings in Peru after attending a year-long journey with the Austin Shamanic Center.

In 1996 Carissa managed and helped create the very first day spa in Fredericksburg. Just a few months after its 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 original pioneer of spa services in Fredericksburg, Carissa started the movement of spa services in the Bed and Breakfasts and today several have on-site mini spas. Many Fredericksburg therapists and nail technicians have worked and trained at European Day Spa, utilizing Carissa’s techniques and product knowledge and have taken them into the community.

European Day Spa is featured in several publications

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 has been named in WHO’S WHO IN BUSINESS EXECUTIVES, and was nominated for WOMAN OF THE YEAR, 2004. European Day Spa has also appeared on San Antonio Living several times, and in 2017 was featured in an article “15 Best Girls’ Weekend Getaway Across America-And Where To Relax While You’re There” by FlipKey and featured as “Our Top Spot to Relax” in Fredericksburg, TX.

European Day Spa

Meet Carissa

The most important thing to Carissa for European Day Spa is to share her passion for the spa philosophy and utilize the body’s natural ability to heal.

“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.”

Currently…

…the spa has mini spas set up in several Fredericksburg Bed and Breakfasts and provides mobile services. The main location is in a B&B complex with a fabulous, tranquil reception area furnished with leather couches, a fireplace, and complimentary mimosas, coffee, or herbal tea. Services are only provided by appointment and require advanced notice for groups. There is currently only one treatment room but it can accommodate a personal service, couples, or group of three.

A credit card required to hold reservations. We implement a 24-hour notice of cancellation. For respect of our time and possible other appointments, a 50% charge will occur if you do not show up or do not cancel with 24 hours notice. We also do not give cash refunds to recipients of gift certificates though they are transferable. Please leave a voice message, email, or text if you do not reach us by phone.

We are looking forward to helping you relax!