Like a professor knowledgeable on tulip mania, alien black oil, and a myriad of seemingly esoteric subjects, Massage Envy's certified body therapists ably converse with the gamut of muscle ailments. They'll unravel tense coils of accumulated inner-stress through a perfectly catered treatment for individual clients' needs. Swedish massages offer gentle rubbing for muscular soothing and improved circulation, while reflexology focuses on a patient's crawling paddles, delivering relief to hands and feet to extend goodwill throughout the entire body. A prenatal massage is ideal for expecting mothers who could use a little relief from carrying another person inside them, and a hot-stone Envy massage transforms massage hands into warm-rock fingers that heat pain into a gaseous vapor that exits the body and eventually becomes cleanly filtered rain.
In 2001, the first iTan Sun Spray Spa opened its doors. It had a simple goal—to make clients feel and look lovely with professional tanning services. Today, the spa has more than 20 branches around San Diego, each offering a slightly different assortment of tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and mechanical spa services.
The Smart Tan–certified staff prioritizes keeping up with tanning technology by stocking state-of-the-art tanning beds such as the Sun Angel, which uses sensors to customize a blend of UVA and UVB rays, practically eliminating overexposure and the need to wear a beekeeper suit to detract from a burn. Many beds come equipped with stereo sound systems, misters, and fans. Just down the hall from these beauty gadgets, Mystic and airbrush machines bronze limbs without UV rays or tan crayons, and mechanical spa machines dispense relaxing red-light treatments, infrared-energy body wraps, and aqua massages.
The aesthetic team at XO Day Spa beautifies physiques in multiple ways. They draw attention to the eyes with eyelash extensions, snip locks into face-flattering looks, or brighten skin with microdermabrasion treatments that buff away dead skin, minimizing fine lines and acne. To further enhance their visages, visitors can paint on products from the spa’s own mineral-makeup line, which enhances features more effectively than using minerals such as rocks and stuff to beautify the skin’s surface. Nail techs also polish off facades with Shellac products, acrylic nails, and spa mani-pedis, and stylists offer hair services, including highlights. Alternatively, massage therapists can knead clients’ musculatures with gentle Swedish strokes, deep tissue’s more intense pressure, or styles such as aromatherapy and hot stone.
Shear Illusions Salon & Spa’s Portia Milner has parlayed her experience styling models for runway shows and her position as an artistic educator for Pravana Naturceuticals into a career at the welcoming beauty emporium. She snips and styles strands, accenting them with color and lengthening them with extensions or noodles. Instead of using foil for highlights, she uses plastic wrap in order to get as close to the scalp as possible, which helps the color last longer. Portia also tames frizzy hair with keratin straightening services.
Now working at Pure Expression, hairstylist Linda Knowlton tucks two decades of experience into her beauty belt, including earning an MBA in international business and working as a top seller for Matrix Haircolor. Linda’s styling strengths include precision cutting for all lengths of hair, though long hair is her specialty, as well as masterfully coloring locks to create natural hues or edgier styles.
Amid a background of soft music and dimmed lighting, ERoma Skin Care and Day Spa's skin specialists administer soothing spa treatments designed to revitalize and restore. Essential oils, heated stones, and focused pressure bring the body to a state of total bliss during relaxing and therapeutic massages. Licensed aestheticians lavish faces with skin treatments that feature cameos from mineral-rich vitamins and masks, and vichy showers in the wet treatment room rain warm water on the body as specialists apply body wraps and dry brushes to disarm overprotective 'Mom' tattoos. The body's outer perimeters, meanwhile, emerge fully groomed after a date with a hairstylist or nail technician, and spa packages welcome clients for extended stays that include a buffet of invigorating body and skincare services.
At Love Your Skin By Hope, aesthetician Hope Acuna personalizes each skincare service with carefully selected products. Pretreatment consultations help Hope to tailor cleansing facials to each individual's skin type, and a complimentary patch test checks for allergies to looking pretty before every chemical peel.