Vinita Vineet, owner of Vinita's Beauty & Threading Studio, hails from India, bringing Eastern depilation techniques to the West Coast. She and her staff of trained threading experts whisk hair from men's and women's faces, creating perfectly shaped brows, silky upper lips, and cheeks that are smoother than a newly polished bowling lane. For body parts south of the face, they rely on waxing treatments to remove unwanted hair. Artistically applied henna tattoos adorn arms, legs, and décolletage; henna is also used to tint hair.
The threading specialists and experienced aestheticians at Rekha's Threading Salon preen and refresh faces with a variety of spa services. During lip and brow threadings, technicians twist a special 100% cotton thread against unwanted facial fuzz, evicting even the most free-spirited and delinquent hairs, including those that are one step away from becoming beauty-school drop outs. And because the process relies on soft thread, clients can anticipate modestly low levels of local swelling and redness.
Urban Bliss Day Spa's skilled therapists invite passersby to unload their stresses with a comprehensive menu of soothing spa services. During massages, dexterous hands evict aches from muscle abodes and melt away tension and icicles developing on rigid biceps. Spa-goers refurbish their frontispieces with a choice of facials enriched in antioxidants and green tea. Seaweed wraps cocoon patrons with hydrating minerals, and spray-on tans impart skin with healthy glows. Friends looking to escape stress in tandem can host a spa party to celebrate a baby shower, birthday, or girls' night out.
Ace Rehab relies on a combination of physical therapy, medical massage, and alternative medicine treatments to restore optimal function to bodies. Licensed physical therapists can help heal ailments ranging from muscle strains to torn ligaments to arthritis. Health experts create custom fitness programs, too, taking into account a patient's injury and one's ability to heal. Qualified patients even get free transportation to and from the clinic.
Medical massages incorporate such techniques as targeted deep-tissue kneads and gentle Swedish strokes, and can complement the physical therapy. Ace's acupuncturists can also help with problems unrelated to pain, such as rosacea and infertility.
At Stella Luna Yoga, it doesn't matter if you're a beginner or a bendy veteran. The studio's array of classes includes opportunities for all levels, from a relaxing gentle yoga class to a hot flow session that builds strength and stamina. Other, less traditional varieties include an energy-balancing reiki style and a class designed specifically for babies and their moms. There's even a class just for kids, which offers an environment free of stress-inducing broccoli. Aside from yoga, the center offers retreats, workshops, and holistic therapy.
Janice Hofstee at Skin Sensations helps free skin from signs of aging, acne, and uneven color with an array of peels and skincare treatments. Medical-grade microdermabrasions with LED light therapy rid skin of dead cells and gently exfoliate the face, and various peels treat skin with active enzymes and vitamins C and A.