Once guests step through the doors at Anew Day Spa, they begin a mini vacation from mental and physical discomfort. By the time they are ready to walk back out and return to their lives, clients will have topped off their stores of relief and tranquility. In between, they can opt to sit in chairs and relax as relief cascades from sore shoulders and backs, or let therapists pore over their whole bodies as they decompress on massage tables. During reflexology sessions, a trained therapist applies liberating pressure to the feet to relieve pain all over the body and thank toes for teaching children how to accurately identify different kinds of piggies.
Chiropractic care is about more than solving back pain. As a treatment modality, it promotes overall wellbeing across the entire body by helping restore healthy neurological function. When physical trauma or daily stress causes spines to go rogue, chiropractors Drs. Jerry and Malia Kenny—the husband-wife founders of Kenny Family Chiropractic—roll out a combination of physical therapy and spinal adjustments to correct the problems. Their underlying philosophy goes beyond typical medical care to target both symptoms and causes to help bodies learn to naturally heal themselves.
Although hands-on treatments help the duo specifically target trouble areas, they also unholster some futuristic technology when it's needed. The Danville office's ML830 cold laser, for example, can noninvasively relieve stress in the body's deep tissues, far beyond the reach of hands or the laser-pointer therapy of a traveling charlatan.
Several Napa Valley residents may have visited Spa Terra without ever realizing that they were there—or rather, that they were standing on top of it. The 22,000-square-foot hideaway is entirely subterranean and has tucked its 12 treatment rooms into the Estate Wine Cave behind the Meritage Resort. This naturally sequestered locale echoes with the whispers of waterfalls, enticing guests to trace the brick arches and spiraling mosaics of its Florentine design. Chandeliers and candles cast a glow onto stone, tile, iron, and wood accents, all of which were built by craftsmen to fit the underground space without angering its slumbering dragon landlord. The light takes a smoky, ethereal shift inside the steam grottos of the ladies' and gentlemen's lounges, and private soaking pools radiate blue-green tones from beneath the water.
In keeping with the earthy environs, the staff draws from local and organic ingredients during its treatments. Olives, herbs, and honey brighten skin through a variety of body scrubs and facials, which also rely on products from Comfort Zone and Éminence Organic Skin Care. Unsurprisingly, wine has a role in many of the services—the signature Solo Vino package begins with a cabernet-grape-seed scrub, then segues into a wine-cave-mud body wrap. It concludes with a therapeutic Terra massage and a selection of cheeses, served with wine or champagne. Guests can browse a far-reaching menu of massage modalities, including targeted styles for headaches and sore feet, or schedule a romantic couples session complete with chocolates to share.
At St. Pierre Massage and Spa, staff share a natural approach to health and beauty. Fleece-lined, heated tables and organic-cotton blankets invite guests to relax as licensed massage therapists ease away aches with Swedish and deep-tissue massages, augmented by aromatherapy oils and warm basalt stones. Facial treatments, which range from custom masks to AHA grape-infused peel treatments, rely on organic ingredients as they refresh faces. The Napa Valley Register recently covered St.Pierre Massage and Spa’s move from its former healing haven to its current downtown palace of tranquility. Alongside descriptions of the expanded pampering space, the article notes the uniqueness of the spa’s vegan, organic nail treatments and whisper-only policy. To complement the move, a newly expanded menu of services lures clients in to relax amid the shades of cocoa and green.
The founders of Your Body Works chose the gym's location in Solano County after reading a startling statistic: in 2009, this county had California's highest percentage of residents with diabetes. So Your Body Works is outfitted with everything that locals need to get in shape: ellipticals, cross-trainers, treadmills, free weights, and strength-training machines. They also lead group fitness classes with focuses such as spin and body sculpting; the schedule also includes CrossFit, a high-intensity, functional cross-training workout program for exercisers of all experience levels.
Ensconced in an idyllic California craftsman-style house that dates to 1915, and listed in the 2009 Lonely Planet travel guide, Napa Massage & Bodycare is a homey haven where aestheticians groom faces with bristle-busting waxing services. The Wax & Relax package apprehends rogue follicles on the brow, chin, or lip with an antibacterial wax that minimizes redness by leaving clown makeup out of the formula. A post-wax upper-body massage unties knots from deep within the neck and shoulders, imbuing bodies with as much calm as a nap beneath a pile of puppies.
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.