Before she could treat other women’s bodily ailments, Taylor had to learn to care for her own. She was training as a dancer and learning to deal with the impact of both physical pain and mental stress on her body. She noted that massage had a remarkable ability to encourage her body's natural chemicals to reduce stress, improve mood, and even ease pain. Inspired to provide hands-on care to other women, she enrolled at the San Francisco School of Massage and Bodywork, training in Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point therapy. Her specialty, however, quickly became prenatal and postpartum massage. Today, she regularly works with expectant and new moms, and can even attend labor, delivery, and stork flyovers. She exclusively works with women in her standard massages as well, and takes pride in a sense of intuition that helps her customize each massage to each customer.
Since everyone experiences life through one medium?their bodies?professional Rolfer Jed Bentley uses his hands-on skills to ensure those bodies are in good working order. As a certified Rolfer, Jed has studied the ways in which all parts of the body are connected, and he knows how to correct ailments with manual adjustments of the fascia?the body's connective tissue. When fascia constricts, it causes bodily pain and poor posture. Once it has been adjusted during a Rolfing session, the body can stand taller and straighter without any additional effort and with less pain. Jed emphasizes that Rolfing addresses emotional troubles as well as physical ones?clients should be open to long-lasting emotional change as well as physical, usually within a few months. Clients who wish to better acquaint themselves with the Rolfing process can peruse the FAQ here.
Beyond Malimor Skin Care’s yellow awning and shrub-lined façade, Mali awaits, ready to beautify clients. Using warm wax, Mali sharpens eyebrows, de fuzzes faces, and clears full legs, removing the hair by its root so it to will grow back slower and finer. Alongside Mali, her staff of skilled make-up artists applies special event make-up and exhume buried tension with full body therapeutic massages that, like the any well-played game of tic-tac-toe, can last for 30 or 60 minutes.
Vitamin C and peels aren’t just words used to describe oranges—they’re also descriptors of one of La Tour Salon’s six specialty facials. The Peeling & Vitamin C treatment lasts 90 minutes, and it renews the visage with an EZ Peel, AHA mask, and a massage of the face, neck, and shoulders. But the salon presents an array of services for hair and nails, as well. A backdrop of light wood tones matches the pleasant aesthetic imparted by stylists who cut, color, and straighten tresses with Moroccanoil and ColorProof products. Not far off is the nail area, where technicians scrub and hydrate hands before coating nails with a colorful polish from OPI or essie. And in private treatment rooms, aestheticians lend their expertise to gently wax strands from more than 15 areas across the body. They can also use an ancient cotton threading technique to pluck unwanted hair from facial areas, such as the hair a boyfriend taped to your chin to make matching goatees.
Acupuncture is a 2,500 year old form of medicine from China which in the United States has become a leading choice for the treatment of pain and hundreds of other conditions. During a typical treatment very thin, solid, hair like needles are placed with little or no sensation at specific points on the body. The stimulation
Newly founded by renowned aging expert, inventor, and board-certified dermatologist Dr. Nicholas Perricone, Super Boutique uses the techniques and products pioneered by Dr. Perricone to help skin look and feel healthier and younger. The 50-minute Afterglow facial uses ultrasonic exfoliation that removes the outermost layer of skin with high-frequency sound waves, leaving the face as smooth and dewy as a newborn slip 'n' slide. Skull wrappers then get stimulated by muscle-training microcurrents and plumped by advanced wrinkle-comb technology, helping once-droopy visages appear visibly rejuvenated without relying on invasive procedures or impulsive motorcycle purchases.