In his study of the human body and its pressure points, Rommel Vila logged 2,200 hours of training to earn the title of registered shiatsupractor. During each shiatsu session, he applies precise pressure with his fingers and palms to specific sites on the body, releasing tension and restoring balance to the body and its musculature. Clients keep their clothes on as Rommel works, gauging tension and sensitivity in specific points and identifying larger stress patterns that have developed over time.
With a fashionable canine wardrobe hand-picked from boutiques around the world and an array of cosmopolitan accessories, barking babies lavishes the family's furriest mascot in opulent trimmings. The designer dog firm ushers in exclusive Fido fashion from Tokyo, New York, and Milan to swaddle dogs of all sizes in swanky threads and fill their treasure chests with the finest leather rawhides. Proud parents can primp their whistle heeders in seasonal frocks such as a reversible quilted ski parka ($40) or a sleeveless pretty bow tee ($45) while keeping obedient bottoms warm with a pair of polka-dot or candy-adorned undies ($19). In addition to cocooning four-legged newspaper couriers in luxurious beds and carriers, barking babies also decorates its décolletages with an eclectic collection of collars and leads, such as the stylish gingham harness embellished with lace and button details ($30) or a standard nylon leash to rein in smaller dogs or lasso meandering coworkers ($20). Hound hosers can enlist the spa line at the mutt boutique to keep their pups fresh with a cocktail of shea-butter shampoos, coconut-lime conditioners, and ProDental toothpaste.
At Ark Hair & Spa, beauticians infuse their slew of hair, massage, and nail services with Japanese flair. Therapists target pressure points to relieve aching muscles during shiatsu massages, and they alleviate stress caused by table phobias during Thai floor massages. During beauty-boosting treatments, staffers wield high-end products such as Calgel nail gel and antioxidant-rich Moroccanoil hair elixir. The studio’s decor speaks to the soothing power of simplicity, as clients relax among clean white walls and Japanese paper screens.
At Mission Oaks Laser & Spa, a licensed crew of laser technicians and aestheticians buffs bodily exteriors in a clean and professional environment. Medicam intense-pulsed-light units lower the friction coefficients of upper lips, chins, and bikini lines and work to remove tattoos, reduce wrinkles, and eliminate spider veins. The team also eschews these light-based labours to perform a slate of spa services, such as massages, mani-pedis, and hair stylings. Before each treatment during complimentary consultations, clients can choose their technician and express their individual needs and any concerns.
A sprawling complex where natural beauty and holistic medicine converge, Oasis Rejuvenation Centre & Spa welcomes guests to relax and recharge. The wellness team is composed of director Teresa Yu, a registered nurse, and a group of specialists in the healing field. Massage therapists and reiki masters tend to sore muscles and low spirits, and acupuncturists practice their trade with compassionate focus. Aestheticians, meanwhile, facilitate external beauty with facials, mani-pedis, and waxing. In addition to private rooms for treatments and lavish suites for overnight stays, Oasis boasts open fields and forests perfect for regaining strength and releasing everyday stress by twirling as fast as possible.