As an Aveda Lifestyle Salon, So-Pure Salon and Spa performs haircare and spa treatments with the essential oils and natural herbal ingredients found in Aveda products. Stylists accompany restorative conditioning treatments and color services with calming herbal tea and relaxing Aveda mind-body rituals. The team can enhance full-body massages with aromatherapy and deeply hydrating wraps or soften hands and feet with milk baths and sugar scrubs during Caribbean Therapy mani-pedis that, like a day in Carmen Miranda’s fruit hat, manifest the citrusy fragrances of the tropics.
The salon and spa's decor is as botanically based as its products. The earth-toned space boasts natural wood furniture and floors and pops of bright green from potted plants. The walls are a testament to the beauty experts' support of their community, displaying the work of local artists, including those of Pyramid Incorporated—a nonprofit organization dedicated to training adults with intellectual and physical disabilities in the visual and performing arts.
The staff at Physique Wellness takes a holistic approach when it comes to wellness. Its treatments focus on the health of the nervous system and spine, as well as on nutrition planning and weight loss. All the while, the staff steers clear of traditional medicinal methods, such as prescriptions or surgery. Physique Wellness heightens its holistic-style methods with an office that’s relaxing—cookie-scented fragrance even wafts through the air.
When clients come in for chiropractic treatments, they see Doctor of Chiropractic Steve Abercrombie, who himself didn’t believe in the power of chiropractic until he went for an adjustment after suffering from a football-related injury. His work mantra is to start slow, easing clients into chiropractic treatments rather than jumping into an adjustment. Dr. Abercrombie has experience in treating a slew of spine-related pains, including headaches, neck pain, backaches, and sciatica. Additionally, clients can seek out nutrition counseling and massages.
Touch to Heal Massage Therapy’s therapists blend the best of ancient Eastern modalities, such as shiatsu or hot-stone massage, with the anatomical understanding granted by modern science, as utilized in myofascial and sports massage. These tension-releasing experts expound the virtues of essential oils and put relaxation at a premium. Massages take place within warmly lit, private rooms awash in earth tones—from the sandy colored walls to the potted flora that sit throughout the space. The only color to stand out from this palate is purple, which belongs to the soft sheets and velvety blankets that drip and drape from the massage table.
The certified therapists at LaVida Massage of Sunnyvale customize massages to relax musculature using modalities such as Swedish, hot-stone, and prenatal massage. During every session, clients climb aboard a heated table and relax as therapists put on gentle music. During the massage, therapists frequently check in with clients to make sure the level of pressure is comfortable. Freshly kneaded physiques can fall deeper into bliss with a cleansing facial, or simply by eating cupcakes until they fall asleep.
The massage therapists at Willows Touch reduce pain and everyday stress with massage styles ranging from relaxing Swedish to targeted sports or prenatal. In addition to doling out spa services such as airbrush tanning, body wraps, spa parties, and salt scrubs from inside the studio, the crew also travels to offices or corporate events to help to alleviate workplace stress and provides backstage massages for celebrities, musicians, or magicians' assistants who have been recently sewn back together.
Traditional Thai artwork brightens the dark-mahogany walls of Thiparpa Thai Massage in the light of chandeliers and flickering candles. From the floor of this flower-studded haven, therapists perform traditional Thai massages atop soft mattresses separated by opaque, glittering curtains. In their signature style, therapists use their bodies to move clients through positions that compress muscles, exercise joints, and mimic the poses of the therapist's childhood rag doll. Therapists can also incorporate Swedish massage and whiffs of aromatherapy. Thiparpa stays open until 9 p.m. daily, which provides patients ample time for a massage after work.