A stop in for a massage at Shanghai Foot Spa is good for the sole. Both soles, in fact. And though the Shanghai Foot Spa seems like it will put the pressure only on your feet, the “foot massage” actually includes a full body massage. Your feet are submerged in warm water while the massage therapist starts at your head and neck. The massage therapists certainly don’t tiptoe around kneading out your knots; they will use deep tissue and reflexology techniques to work out all your tension. The room is clean and dimly lit, and soothing Chinese music plays in the background to aid relaxation. The massage chairs are a nice black leather and recline comfortably. You can also choose to have a table massage, where you get more privacy.
Massage Eden, nestled away in the Canyon Plaza Shopping Center in Chula Vista, offers a variety of tranquil rejuvenation services from their classically trained team of male and female therapists. Let the experts at Massage Eden rub the anxiety of the day away with affordable $25 foot massages and $40 full body massages in a relaxing environment. They also offer couples massage and an incredibly calming four-hand massage. Massage Eden has trained reflexologists who will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed, and ready for tomorrow.
The muted glow from a stained-glass lamp shines in a private treatment room at Boho Vanité, where dark-blue walls and bronze wall medallions complete a bohemian look. In fact, the spa's mission is to provide clients with treatments in the bohemian way. Its eclectic service includes treatments that improve the skin or enhance clients' natural beauty. For example, its skin-rejuvenation treatment tackles wrinkles, cellulite, stretch marks, and sagging skin in a single session.
Chic, bohemian touches give The Massage Suite at Boho Vanite an air of both comfort and elegance. Tiny votive candles set the mood, while flowers and bronze artwork add color and texture. Guests relax on a table as therapists administer customized massages to ease away tension, discomfort, and a long-held fear of strangers' fingers.
Featured at two star-studded award ceremonies in 2011, Balensi's Institute Skin Care & Spa makes everyday clients feel like VIPs with luxurious spa services. Guest pass by a water fountain and tropical plants as they enter a cozy, renovated bungalow that dates back to 1910, the same year that the Great Sphinx had her first microdermabrasion. Medical aesthetician Lorena Balensi performs most treatments?from facials to enzyme peels?with pharmaceutical-grade products. For more than 10 years, certified medical assistant Jean-Michel Balensi has applied principles of color theory, facial geometry, design/application, skin health and wound healing, anatomy and physiology to all aspects of his craft, servicing more than 3,000 clients. Applied one by one, his ocular artistry of eyelash extensions give eyelids the volume and length to attract compliments or entire butterfly colonies. Massage therapies include relaxing and healing modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, stone, pre-natel, and sports massage. Garden fountains perform a liquid symphony for patrons who relax at a shaded outdoor patio.
Skin Alive and its aesthetician school, Mequon Thiensville School of Esthetics, are devoted to the study and practice of skincare. Clients can choose to visit the hands-on student-learning center for aesthetic services performed by students under instructor supervision, or head to the Skin Alive spa for services performed by a licensed professional. Both offer basic beauty services, such as facials, peels, and waxing, but the licensed aestheticians at Skin Alive can also slough off dead skin cells with diamond-tip microdermabrasion, rejuvenate skin with lasers, and vanquish unwelcome hair with laser hair-removal treatments that leave skin smoother than a cue ball smothered in olive oil.