Spa-a-Peel’s sign says it’s “the look fabulous studio,” though the offerings within its peaceful confines go much deeper. Upon entering, clients are greeted by a smiling staff member who stands ready to help clients transform their day with a massage, a facial, or a mani-pedi. On top of that, treatments at Spa-a-Peel transport guests away from the daily grind and into a place of relaxation and bliss that feels like home, but with a far more talented staff.
For more than 25 years, Doctor of Chiropractic Bob Pizzimenti has championed his clients’ own ability to heal themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually. As a self-proclaimed unwinder, Dr. Pizzimenti eschews x-rays and technology-based treatments in favor of a more holistic approach to reducing stress and pain. After assessing his patients with chiropractic consultations and exams that target sources of muscular pain, he performs alternative treatments such as auriculotherapy, chiropractic adjustments, craniosacral therapy, yoga, and massage.
Dr. Pizzimenti also promotes well-being outside of chiropractic treatments at Innate Healing Arts Center. His resident herbalist, Tissheama Pizzimenti, oversees a shop filled with potted plants and shelves lined with traditional medicinal plants and specially concocted herbal remedies. She performs consultations and may prescribe custom-made herb blends or specialty spring water to help flush away toxins or spoil cars during car washes.
Also at the center, Reverend Gwendolyn Hurst leads a range of weekly community events, such as group meditation and holistic-health workshops, and yoga teachers lead welcoming classes. And at the onsite Golden Gate Cafe, the staff serves gourmet vegetarian dishes such as tempeh burgers, falafel, and vegetable stir-fry, with many ingredients sourced from local farms that utilize humane vegetable-growing practices.
The relaxation squad at This Is It Salon and Spa believe just as strongly in cosmetic trends as they do in the medical benefits of massage. Though the salon’s service menu may seem polarized at first glance, the staff manages to pull it all together by creating proper pairings powered by high-end products from Aveda, Essential, and It&ly.
In the spa’s private rooms, therapists perform facials and body treatments, as well as 10 types of massages, each of which aids in the release of muscular tension and pain. Massage modalities range from deep-tissue and hot-stone varieties to carpal-tunnel or pre- and post-natal massage. The therapists also perform therapeutic massages to ease pain caused by chronic illnesses. The spa has been approved to accept insurance and physician referrals for medical massages. Regardless of the selected modality, the spa staff happily executes both in-studio and on-location sessions, traveling throughout the area to perform makeup and nail services for events ranging from weddings to stuffed-animal tea parties.
For nearly two decades, Keely Jackson has been tapping into the holistic powers of eastern medicine, with Reiki treatments and meticulous bodywork that aims to redirect energy positively. At Tummy Love, she performs abdominal Chi Nei Tsang massages that nurture healthy digestive flow and relieve symptoms of heartburn, chronic anxiety, and PMS. Another treatment, white light energy work, is inspired by ancient Hawaiian traditions and uses gentle hand placements to pinpoint sources of negative energy and jelly donuts stuck on their way through the body. Clients can also take some of the spa's natural therapies home: the V-steam bath treatment, for instance, cleanses your body and helps you unwind with the help of natural herbs and flowers.
The slate-blue walls in the studio of Massage by Peggy recall the tranquility of the ocean, which helps to ease clients into a state of relaxation. Aromatherapy scents permeate the candlelit room, while a heated table helps clients unwind better than riding a merry-go-round backwards. Certified massage therapist Peggy eases knots from muscles in modalities including Swedish, sports, and geriatric.
Sakora Salon & Day Spa carefully cleanses hair with the plants, flowers, and other natural ingredients hiding deep inside Aveda products. After conferring with customers to determine the perfect plan of action, the expert stylists treat weary necks and scalps to a massage, wash hair, and blow-dry strands, then start sculpting and styling each lock to breathe new life into the empty shell of an old hairdo. Sakora's bold red and pale yellow walls create a pleasant contrast that inspires hair to gracefully accept its new style, and the salon's interior presentation of tropical plants, candles, and sleek furniture keeps jittery follicles calm throughout the haircare procedure.