Tiffany Johnson loves working with her hands, whether she's renovating her home or working the tension out of a patient's back. Her studio, Divine Hands Massage Therapy, is open seven days a week within Soothe Your Soul Healing Center. Inside private treatment rooms, she manipulates muscle tissue with therapeutic and deep-tissue techniques, incorporating hot stones if requested or subliminally suggested. Her roster of services also includes detoxifying body wraps, reflexology, and couples massages delivered in a marigold room atop crimson sheets.
Cozy treatment rooms with exposed-brick walls put patrons' minds and bodies at ease in preparation for detailed pampering. Bella Vera Day Spa's talented beauty gurus coddle mugs masterfully during the 45-minute refresher facial, designed to remind cheeks how to best imitate a baby's bottom. A licensed massage therapist alleviates nagging knots during the 60-minute "not so basic" muscle remix, which uses intuitive, free-flowing strokes to foster deep relaxation. Boots burdened with crying tootsies can acquire peace, quiet, and tiny paintings through an indulgence spa pedicure, which buffs away phalange dirt to make digits glow like lint during cosmic bowling.
Depending on what kind of appointment they had that day, guests may leave Pizazz Salon with bronzed skin, relaxed shoulder muscles, or shiny cuticles. Boasting both traditional and stand-up tanning booths, the salon imitates the sun's warming glow regardless of the season. The beds don't do all the work, though; elsewhere, trained therapists ease away aches and pains with massages, and technicians beautify bods with nail services and haircuts.
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.
Jenn Guerra is a person of many talents. The certified massage therapist practices numerous forms of bodywork, from the intense pressure of deep-tissue massage to the targeted manipulation of trigger-point therapy and acupressure. But she knows just as much about the spirit as she does the body. She regularly holds spiritual readings in private sessions, at events and parties, and even over the phone, as long as the client’s line isn’t being tied up by someone going on the Internet in 1995. For all of these services, Jenn Guerra can work out of her office or travel directly to clients' homes.
Though threading has been among Asia’s most popular depilation methods for thousands of years, it only recently made its way onto the service menus of Western spas. The ancient practice has shown signs of becoming more of a spa mainstay, however, thanks to an eco-friendly process that also manages to stay on good terms with sensitive skin.
For evidence of threading’s rapidly expanding popularity, one need not look further than Brow Shapes' Eastern-inspired treatment menu. When not sculpting brows into precise arches, the spa’s artists rely on their attention to detail to draw henna tattoos that depict flowery swirls, geometric patterns, or extremely detailed public-transit maps. The spa also features a variety of facial massages, each of which can be customized to relieve pain, aid in relaxation, and improve skin tone.