Next to beauty, health and safety are top priorities at King Nail Spa, which is why it recently renovated and added a room dedicated solely to sanitizing all its equipment in accordance with the standards of the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology and a team of overbearing mothers. In front of a rose-colored wall, rows of plush chairs encourage relaxation while skilled technicians file, trim, and buff fingers and toes, topping them off with glossy finishes from products such as OPI and China Glaze.
The therapists at Massage Clinic target tight muscles, energy blockages, and run-of-the-mill aches with a wide range of bodywork modalities and a healthy dose of compassion. They are trained in methods such as classic Swedish and deep-tissue massage, along with reflexology, myofascial release, and craniosacral therapy. The goal of each bodywork session here is not only to ease the ailments of the musculoskeletal systems, but take a load of frazzled minds.
Certified Shiatsu Practitioner Kim Pon banishes pain buried within muscles by administering soothing strokes in a number of massage methodologies. Kim Pon attended the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, graduating from a comprehensive program that taught powerful stroke techniques, and also completed the 720-hour Certified Massage Therapist and Health Educator training at the National Holistic Institute in Emeryville. Kim Pon's extensive massage-therapy knowledge allows her to combine techniques from various disciplines to give patients custom treatments, including gentle, yet soothing, Swedish strokes and pain-relieving deep-tissue kneads that would make a French boulanger proud.
With a specialty in long layers, modern texture, and natural curls, the staff at Times Salon caters to all noodle noggins with a range of unisex services. Cuts, color, smoothing treatments, perms, and more swiftly transform locks. Waxing services evict freeloading follicles from the root, and the salon's 15-year veteran in oriental threading removes unwanted strands using cotton thread and a high-end monocle. A range of other spa services pampers weary bodies, from facials to mani-pedis performed with the newest industry tools. All services take place in a brightly lit interior accented by white edging, earth-toned walls, and oversize mirrors that let clients keep tabs on their transformations.
Master Barber Sergio Portela Jr. believes indulgence and relaxation to be the foundation of the barbershop experience. However, he felt little touches such as hot-towel shaves, razor edge-ups, and facial-hair sculpting had gone by the wayside. So in 2012, he opened his own barbershop to revitalize the art with those grooming services, utilizing Art of Shaving products as well as essential oils. Like a Grecian bust wearing a beanie, his repertoire combines traditional touches with modern styling and includes color enhancements as well as tapers, fades, and even cuts. Sergio makes himself available for in-home or at-the-office appointments.
While in college, Doctor of Chiropractic Dennis Ngai suffered injuries from a severe car accident, interfering with his studies and setting him adrift. He found the tonic for his injuries in chiropractic care, discovering his career calling in the process. Whether clients find themselves in a situation like Dr. Ngai's or simply seek preventive care, the doctor and his staff at Daly City Chiropractic Center tend to individual health concerns with physical therapy, reflexology, massage therapy, and comprehensive chiropractic care. Dr. Ngai created the massage wellness center to help his community live a stress-free lifestyle.