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.
Muted colors and soft music set the scene at Queen Nails Beauty Salon, where guests are invited to shed their ever-building stress and layers of moss of the day-to-day and indulge in spa treatments. Massage chairs and warm foot and hand baths filled with essential oils kick off luxurious manicures and pedicures, which include all the requisite grooming and polishing and relaxing lotion massages. Queen Nails also offers numerous facials that combat blemishes and signs of aging, plus waxes and eyelash extensions to put the finer touches on beautiful faces.
At Enliven Nail & Spa, nailcare doesn't merely beautify hands and feet. The spa's mani-pedis also restore the health of nails and rejuvenate feet, and hand treatments can remove calluses, moisturize skin, and minimize the appearance of dark spots. But the spa offers more than just nailcare: the staff also beautifies clients with anti-aging facials and microdermabrasion, and pampers with a variety of massage therapy techniques.
Yulia brought her skin-revitalizing talents to Yulia's Skin Care after attaining the status of master aesthetician in Boston, where her work earned her spots on Best of Boston lists in area publications such as Stuff magazine. With certifications in microdermabrasion, enzyme peels, and stone facials, she has the training to adeptly coerce blemishes and discolorations from the face using a slew of skin treatments. For each treatment, Yulia's Skin Care's aestheticians select from their arsenal of nourishing products, and even arm themselves with specialty products, such as heated mittens and pumpkin-enzyme purées, for massages and facials. They also leverage their expertise to exfoliate, steam, and massage the skin on their clients' backs, shape brows, and wax away hair that refuses to take the bait of staticy balloon animals.
Regina Lyubarsky infuses each of her skin treatments with a little bit of Europe. The salon owner completed a portion of her training across the pond and has come to rely on Hungarian products—Éminence Organic and ilike in particular—to perform her custom treatments. These brands incorporate a comparatively large amount of fruit and plant extracts, which derive further nutrients from the unique composition of Hungary's soil. Channeling their therapeutic properties, Regina formulates facials for teens, women, and men, many of which target specific ailments, such as acne and sensitive skin. She also clears away unwanted hair with electrolysis treatments and waxing services.
The staff at Bellagio Nails & Spa makes over hands and feet with 10 different types of mani-pedis. Though every treatment trims and shapes nails, the aestheticians also add therapeutic touches based on their clients' skin conditions and beauty goals. During the Bellagio signature mani-pedi, the staff scrubs with a creative sea-salt glow that's specifically designed for dry skin, and during their Citrus Paradise mani-pedi, appendages dip into a detoxifying fruit bath comprised of lemon, orange, and lime slices. During these services, clients lounge atop cushioned pedicure chairs and drop their feet into a handcrafted glass bowl as the trickling sounds of a fountain cultivate a relaxing ambiance. Staffers also wax off unwanted hair and leftover werewolf fur from head to toe.