At Wat Po Thai Spa, a 2010 nominee for Best Day Spa by Best of LA, technicians bolster well-being with services that range from traditional Thai massage to skincare. The house-specialty Thai Combo fuses Thai massage, Swedish massage, and reflexology into an international amalgamation of relaxation similar to naptime at the UN. Thai massage harnesses compression, stretching, and rocking techniques to improve circulation of vital energy along the body's pathways, and Swedish massage encompasses gentle strokes such as gliding, kneading, and stretching to increase oxygen flow in the blood and forge full-body tension relief. Patrons walk away from massage sessions with relieved stress, allayed aches, increased internal alignment, and enough flexibility to fold bodies into an empty Pringles can at the first sign of danger.
When she isn’t on location at photo shoots, weddings, or other events that require picture-perfect hair and makeup, Kristie Quiriconi is beautifying clients at Misfit Hair Design. It’s there that she cuts and colors hair, waxes unwanted body fuzz, and dusts faces with subtle or glam makeup, enhancing natural features or concealing the identity of a client busted for stealing the last slice of pizza.
Licensed aesthetician and Bay Area–native Barbara Zaller didn’t always know massage therapy was her calling. After beginning her career as a dental assistant, then taking time off to raise her son, Barbara entered the professional fray once more. From her outpost at Butterfly Yoga, Barbara pampers clients with facials, customized peels, professional teeth whitening, massage therapy, and skin therapy. She swathes faces in luxe products from brands such as Dermalogica and DermaQuest, which she uses to treat acne, rosacea, and damaged skin. Her dexterous fingers ease stress from muscles during Swedish, shiatsu, deep-tissue, and sports massage. She performs specific body work on areas more annoying than a little sister’s obsession with megaphones and complimenting people's work ethics.
Theresa, the aesthetician at Rejuvinate & Eternity, came upon her profession after her own struggle with skin conditions led to regular visits with skincare professionals. Seeing how maintenance programs could reduce and prevent skin outbreaks, she took up skin physiology and chemistry and relayed her experience and knowledge into her own practice. Now, Theresa pares down signs of acne, stress lines, and loose pores with facials for women, men, and teens. She cites rejuvenation and relaxation as the goals of her practice and complements skincare regimens with hot-stone treatments that remove toxins and relax muscles bound up by tension and stress. Theresa also travels to her clients’ homes to perform facials for a convenient and private treatment.
Before establishing Rejuvenation Skin and Body Wellness, aestheticians Veronica and Oralia sharpened their aesthetic skills in the beauty industry for nearly a decade. During this time, which included a stint working as a skincare expert for Erno Laszlo, Veronica learned the ins and outs of microcurrent therapy, which she uses to firm aging skin. As for Oralia, she not only customizes skincare services, but also focuses on beautifying faces with makeup applications—a skill she honed while working for Stila Cosmetics and Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. Both seasoned skincare specialists offer custom European facials, full-body waxing, and five different types of peels.
Although she has more than 10 years of styling experience, Rebecca Wraxall keeps up with the ever-evolving style world. She attends classes at Vidal Sassoon and MAC Cosmetics, learning styling and makeup techniques she immediately puts into practice in her salon. But as much information as she soaks up, she also doles it out. She shares tips and tricks with her clients on how to pick out styles to suit their facial shapes and how to reproduce styles every day using tools such as brushes, curling irons, and white picket fences.