Linda Bowers channels two decades of experience in the health and beauty industry into her vision: helming a tranquil spa that allows the mind, spirit, and body to relax and rejuvenate. To do this, she’s transformed her studio into a peaceful refuge where clients can temporarily escape the stresses of work, family, and ferociously persistent encyclopedia salesmen. Within these peaceful digs, she and her staff perform services for the skin, including facials, corrective skin peels, and microdermabrasion. They also gussy up appearances with SofTap permanent makeup and spa waxing sessions performed with gentle products. To ensure relaxation penetrates deeper than skin level, the staff hosts a full menu of relaxing massages that include traditional Swedish massages, deep-tissue modalities, and hot-stone therapies.
When it comes to promoting holistic wellness, there are few therapies that fall outside Mija Cameto's scope. The certified massage therapist alleviates stress and muscle pains with standard relaxation and deep-tissue techniques, but she's also adept at performing a number of alternative modalities. Her specialties include Japanese reiki and shiatsu and Hawaiian lomi lomi, a modality that incorporates fluid motions and percussive tapping to unblock the flow of energy. Mija works at the Journey Center in Shingle Springs, but for an additional fee she can perform sessions in the comfort of your home, office, or giant peach.
When muscles' fibers part ever so slightly, blood flows efficiently and healing begins. At Healing Arts Awareness, licensed massage therapist Rob Warfield creates this space within muscles by working across the fibers—a technique appropriately dubbed cross-fiber. Rob often integrates innovative methods such as cross-fiber strokes, acupressure (trigger-point work), and stretching into his massage therapy sessions, depending on whether his clients are sore from a tough week, experiencing the physical challenges of pregnancy, or dealing with chronic muscular disorders. And of course, Rob can also deploy these specialized maneuvers to boost the healing effects of more traditional Swedish, sports, and pregnancy massages. Relaxation and healing is furthered with the soothing sounds of tropical raindrops with crickets or oceanwaves crashing on shore.
A close-knit team of hair stylists, aestheticians, and nail technicians keeps abreast of the latest beauty techniques to craft tranquil spa and salon experiences. Massage and body treatments marry Eastern and Western techniques, and a line of 45- to 60-minute facials targets complexion concerns while preserving fleeting facial expressions with professional products from Dermalogica, PCA, and DermaQuest. The bustling salon shapes trendy hairstyles for men and women as well as glistening nails with OPI products at cushioned manicure stations and whirlpool pedicure chairs.
At Happy Day Spa, a number of massage services are available to boost circulation and lymphatic flow and encourage a state of serenity. The spa also offers foot reflexology, a treatment that strives to improve overall health, relaxation and renewal by targeting specific nodes on the feet. Meanwhile, hot-stone, deep-tissue, and Swedish massages manipulate tense muscles, and a crystal foot massage pampers soles with crystal mud—a gel-like solution made from a specialized powder, warm water, and the dirt outside after a diamond storm.
At Simply Beautiful Skin Studio, it's always personal. Whether it’s a facial, massage, or microdermabrasion treatment, the staff personalizes each treatment to suit clients' individual needs. The team at the private studio lavishes guests with close attention at a leisurely pace so that neither party feels rushed—unlike spa treatments delivered in hectic salons or on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. In addition to administering facials and massages, the studio offers full-body waxing as well as brow- and lash-tinting services.