In 2002, beauty-school graduate Paula took everything she had—$5,000 and a dream of combining beauty services with holistic healing—and opened A Harmony Nail Spa. She even poured countless hours into hand-building many of the spa's unique furniture pieces and cyborg employees. Since the humble beginning, she and her fully licensed staff have pampered the minds and bodies of numerous clients with drastically different needs, from cancer patients seeking meditation classes to hardworking mothers overdue for an indulgent manicure.
Upon entering the approximately 2,000-square-foot facility, guests waltz through the gift shop's aisles before entering one of the spa's specific treatment areas. In the nail studio, clients lounge on purple thrones shaped like purple hands and dip their feet into soothing pedicure sinks. A Harmony Nail Spa also houses a garden café with free beverages, an Internet cafe with free WiFi, and a meditation lounge with freedom to close your eyes without sleeping.
At the full-service La Pelle Skin Spa & Boutique, complexion experts wield high-end products from brands such as Physiodermie and Duchess Marden, which they apply during massages, body treatments, and facials. The staff works with a constantly friendly demeanor, whether performing whole-body exfoliation treatments or full-body waxing. Facials that last 45–90 minutes, another of the spa’s specialties, cleanse, moisturize, and protect the façade, unlike doing the worm all the way across a corn field. Massage therapists practice a number of modalities to reduce bodily tension and promote detoxification.
Pure Skin Spa's expert tress tamers fashion a silken smoothness with an armada of beautification services. The spa's most popular service, the Brazilian waxing, safely applies a soothing wax to nether manes before its speedy removal, bringing with it a horde of fugitive follicles and squashing the chance of a local Sasquatch spotting. Patrons can luxuriate among the couches and floral décor of Pure Skin Spa's relaxing facility. Boasting a commitment to local philanthropy, Pure Skin Spa enthusiastically partakes in community fundraisers dedicated to advancing local schools, youth organizations, and aspiring wax-museum curators.
The sunless-bronzing mavens at Let's Glow Spray Tan—including a licensed aesthetician—get epidermises glowing with custom, hand-applied color. During the 15- to 20-minute appointment, an experienced airbrush artist thoroughly evaluates the client's skin type to determine a natural shade, ranging from a light, subtle sun-kissed color to a bold, dark sun-french-kissed hue. Next, aestheticians mix up a tailored solution—made with paraben-free, 99% organic ingredients—that bronzes as well as tones skin with firming agents and nourishes with aloe vera and vitamins A, C, and E, tinting pelts for up to 7–10 days.
Ensconced in an idyllic California craftsman-style house that dates to 1915, and listed in the 2009 Lonely Planet travel guide, Napa Massage & Bodycare's healers mend muscles with custom massage services and skin treatments. Treat bodies to a soothing epidermal extravaganza with the 45-minute signature Welti Wellness massage, featuring an all-star cast of deep-tissue, trigger-point, sports, reflexology, and energy-balancing styles emceed by robust Swedish techniques. Whatever their choice of massage style, cosseted clients can indulge in superficial to deep kneads according to their superficial or deep needs, as well as unscented lotion or aromatherapy oils. A topical liniment jettisons discomfort from joints before a peppermint-chamomile foot cream and a moist therapeutic pack infuse bodies with as much calm as a nap beneath a pile of puppies. Guests luxuriate amid Napa Massage's cozy environs, decked out in stained-glass windows, homey vintage-style furnishings, and private massage rooms. Napa Massage & Bodycare is located within walking distance of several bed-and-breakfasts and two hotels. Though today's Groupon does not cover these services, Napa Massage also offers hot stone massages, couples massages, and pregnancy massages, as well as facials, waxing, and other body-care treatments.