From red-wine facials to grape-seed-oil massages, the vinotherapists at Vino + Therapy Studio introduce a wine-grape component to each of their soothing spa treatments, aiming to exhibit the healing and rejuvenating properties of wine used during the beautification process. That’s thanks to owner Nena Benson, who draws inspiration from the vinoterapia spas popular in Tuscany. She touts the revitalizing effects of wine grapes; the acids can enhance circulation, for instance, and age-fighting antioxidants and resveratrol help strengthen and protect delicate tissues.
Because Vino + Therapy Studio has paired with local wineries, guests can also sip boutique wines and nibble Italian small plates at the sidewalk patio before or after a variety of treatments. Clients can even pair a day at the spa with a wine tour, during which they sample sips from the capacious cellars and naturally occurring wine geysers of several Central Coast vineyards.
Signature Service: Massage therapy, bodywork, spa services
Brands Used: Organic coconut oil
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Free street parking
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: Please arrive 10 minutes early to fill out a quick one-page intake form.
A massage from Jessica Yvette is like two spa treatments in one. Jessica slathers bodies with organic coconut oil during her kneadings, which include Swedish massages or her personal favorite, lomi lomi massages. The coconut oil is primarily used to help her hands glide effortlessly over the body, but it also acts as an intensive moisturizing treatment for the skin. Plus, because it has anti-bacterial properties, it may help fight acne much more effectively than coating the back in toothpaste.
However, Jessica doesn't use the oil during every massage. Sometimes, she needs to use focused pressure to work out deep kinks, such as with her deep-tissue massages, and sometimes, her clients stay fully clothed while she stretches out their limbs, such as with her Thai massages.
When she's not reducing stress through massages, she's doing it through body-scrub sessions with aromatherapy, spa facial therapy, and reiki energy healing.
Guided by socially conscious principles for more than 30 years, Aveda produces a full line of natural beauty products carried at nearly 7,000 salons and spas. Popular gorgeous-makers such as Shampure shampoo and witch hazel hair spray deliver on Aveda's commitment to well-rounded earthly beauty with eco-friendly packaging cradling ingredients derived from the world's finest and least selfish plants.
Face to Face welcomes visitors to relax with services that range from time-tested massage techniques to revitalizing skin care treatments. Inside, licensed aesthetician and massage practitioner Emily Robinson designs customized facials, working with each client's skin composition to bring out their most glowing visage. She also administers massages such as the holistic Shiatsu treatment, which focuses on restoring the body's natural flow of energy, also known as qi. Beyond attending ongoing courses to stay abreast of the latest skincare breakthroughs, Emily draws from background in science and nutrition that leaves her particularly suited to help skin feel as healthy as it looks.
The steady-handed beauticians at Eyebrow Art meticulously neaten eyebrows, upper lips, and other areas of the face with an ancient hair-removal technique that reveals smooth, fuzz-free skin. At their seven salon locations, they roll twists of cotton thread quickly over clients’ skin to remove hair at the follicle––a safer method of hair removal than standing next to a sneezing dragon. Throughout the process, clients lean back in comfortable chairs as the staff gently escorts unwanted stubble from the premises.
California runs through Kellie June’s veins. She was born on the Central Coast, and only left briefly to get a professional skincare education and beautify models on photo shoots and fashion shows in Austin. But as soon as she returned, she quickly funneled her newfound skills into helping people in her home state. Today, she flaunts her professional techniques in rejuvenating facials and peels, elegant makeup services, and wink-boosting eyelash extensions and tinting procedures. She also excels at waxing, wielding a gentle touch and thorough post-care instructions for each of her bikini, Brazilian, body, and facial waxing services to ensure skin stays smooth and comfortable.