Gold Spa owner Jina understands that many of her clients have hectic schedules. In turn, she keeps convenient hours: the spa is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. When guests find the time to stop by, they can relax with a wide variety of services, ranging from facials to nail treatments to massages.
Gold Spa?s technicians also administer body-slimming treatments enhanced by Nu Skin products, which can help guests slenderize and become more aerodynamic for optimal speed on the slip 'n' slide.
At Beauty Unlimited, skin specialists and massage therapists combine their skills to offer services in three categories—facials, massage, and waxing. The first involves hypoallergenic products combined with classic European facials, collagen facials, and acne treatments. In addition, microdermabrasion—used on the face, neck, and décolletage—can effectively resurface and rejuvenate aging skin, and a beautifying ultrasound treatment ensures there are no babies growing inside the forehead.
The second category has Beauty Unlimited’s team relieving stress with Swedish and deep-tissue massage, both available in 60- and 90-minute increments. Lastly, there's waxing. After receiving a brow wax, or a wax on any other part of the body, for that matter, clients can indulge in lash or brow tints, intended to enhance facial features without the need to reapply makeup.
Like fingerprints, snowflakes, and boy bands, no two skins are exactly alike. That?s why Sumbody & Sumtime Spa's staff custom-blends products using natural ingredients that hail from the very planet we roam upon. Founded by Deborah Burnes, who authored Look Great, Live Green, the spa's signature line of products soothes the hair, body, and nose with natural and locally sourced ingredients. And when Burnes says "natural" she means it. "People tell us every day that they've tried everything on Earth," says Burnes, who quickly turns the question around: "Have you tried the earth itself?" Using elements such as clay, charcoal, sea salt, and honey, she concocts all-natural formulas that she says bring out the best in her clients' skin.
Body Techniques' more than 20 therapists, trainers, acupuncturists, and aestheticians work together to create a unique facility that's part spa, part fitness studio. They tone bodies with a combination of yoga, Zumba, and boot camps that focus on strength and stretch. They relieve the resulting soreness, along with general tension or chronic pain, with 18 different massage modalities and acupuncture. They round out the selection of services with skin treatments ranging from organic facials and oxygen facelifts to waxing treatments to remove unwanted hair, allowing guests to perfectly emulate their own wax sculpture.
Almost as long as the list of ingredients that Simply Green Day Spa?s organic nail polishes include is the list of common polish chemicals that they don?t. The colorful hues from SpaRitual and Butter London eschew DBA, toluene, formaldehyde, parabens, and phtalates?and none were tested on animals. By using products such as these, Simply Green simultaneously nurtures both its clients and the environment. While nail technicians wield the nontoxic polishes and acetone-free polish remover, augmenting mani-pedis with sugar and salt scrubs and hot-stone massages, skincare experts turn to natural facial treatments. Antioxidants from blueberries and vitamin C set to work on blemishes along with exfoliation, masks, and steam, which helps patrons clear their clogged pores without trying to suck out dirt with a Shop-Vac. All skincare treatments are performed using Organic Philosophy, Natural and Organic Skin Care, and Eminence Organic products, which are all made using organic ingredients, such as fruit pulp, plants, and spices.
Simply Green Day Spa?s staff also eases aches and stress with Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal massages. After a thorough coddling, waxing specialists banish leg hair or evict unwanted fuzz from the face, leaving patrons completely made over. Setting the stage for these transformations, Simply Green?s decor lives up to its name?s other meaning with plush green armchairs arranged amid sage-green walls, a rock fountain, and sweeping white curtains.
As an avid athlete, Megan Brooks looked forward to a lifetime of tight, sore muscles. Physical stiffness did not impede her agile mind, however, which targeted massage therapy to deepen her knowledge of the body and hurdle the side effects of exercise. She formalized her passion at the National Holistic Institute's College of Massage Therapy in San Francisco, and she graduated with a letter of excellence. Currently, she focuses on harmonizing body and spirit with her strong hands and the warm, soothing light emanating from her third eye, knowing firsthand that this balance?different for every client?is critical to general well-being and athletic performance. A specialization in integrative massage reflects this attitude, as the style allows her to respond to individual problems with any stroke from her repertoire, including Swedish, deep-tissue therapy, and rarer styles such as Hawaiian lomi lomi.
As director of the manual therapy program at Inner-Action Sports Rehab in Oakland, she continuously expands her knowledge of how the human body works, fails, and can be righted without jamming limbs into a T-square. Practicing the 3,000-year-old art also sparked her interest in the ancient holistic health systems of ayurveda and Chinese medicine, the study of which she has penned into her continuing-education schedule.