When Elle ? A Clinical Day Spa first opened in 1997, its therapists specialized exclusively in massage. But soon, they saw that what the average guest needed most was not a standalone massage appointment, but an immersive, multifaceted experience that could undo the stress that bombards them on a daily basis. Owners Leigh Shaw and Polly Tabares, who have experience in the spa industry and the fields of dermatology and plastic surgery, rethought their approach and expanded their services into both traditional spa therapies and med-spa treatments.
Today, Leigh and Polly oversee everything from body wraps and facials to Botox injections and prescription skincare. They also maintain a stash of products for at-home care, stocking lines such as Dermalogica and bareMinerals by Bare Escentuals. For frequent guests, they coordinate VIP memberships that offer perks such as service discounts and massages that harness the rejuvenating power of phoenix tears.
Before he was an acupuncturist, Dr. Kay Kim was a soldier in the US Army. While he was serving, he underwent back surgery and experienced a speedy and complete recovery that he attributes to acupuncture. The experience piqued his interest in the craft, and when he left the military, he studied acupuncture at LA's Dong Guk University. Nowadays, at Northwest Wellness and Covington Family Wellness, he specializes in acupuncture without needles as well as classic physical acupuncture with hair-thin needles.
The bubblegum-pink exterior of Picasso Salon & Day Spa houses a team of stylists, aestheticians, and licensed massage therapists overseen by Sonia Kim Scheer, a beauty-industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience. Stylists and colorists at different levels of experience?including director, master, senior, and archduke?consult with clients before reshaping their hairdo. Aestheticians also soften skin with Dermalogica products during four types of facials and three types of chemical peels. A sea-salt scrub or European rose mud wrap can help relax bodies as a technician washes off the nourishing ingredients in the spa's Vichy shower.
Looking around Pacific Avenue Salon & Spa, a rustic Italian villa might come to mind. That’s because each piece of decor situated within the 10,000-square-foot day spa exudes that vibe, from the intricate ironwork on the stairs to the cobblestones lining its walkways. In a bright, airy salon space, guests can relax on leather salon chairs facing mirrors that reflect their new haircuts and more vibrant hair colors. Other visitors can retire to private massage rooms in the hopes that therapeutic, Swedish, or deep-tissue techniques will work out their muscle aches and kinks. Elsewhere, the spa’s licensed professionals pamper clients with body wraps that utilize ingredients such as greek yogurt, pumpkin, or coffee and jojoba. The expansive retreat also features a pool, gym, and sauna and hot tub that give clients a place to unwind and decide which state of water they like best: liquid or gas.
Dedicated massage practitioners tailor each session to each client?s needs, ranging from stress reduction to advanced medical therapies. Staffers employ traditional Swedish or deep-tissue modalities along with raindrop therapy, which uses several different essential oils to revitalize the senses. They design therapeutic massages for the specific needs of pregnant women, cancer patients, or athletes, and perform targeted medical massages as prescribed by a doctor. A tropical-themed treatment room houses an island mural for couples to gaze at during simultaneous treatments, and another room features a picture of a tranquil waterfall gently singing ?No Scrubs.?
You wouldn?t know it standing outside, but within The Spa at Pacific Wellness lies a variety of health-imbuing services designed to help clients work toward their best selves inside and out. Within the upscale facility, the staff?s approach to overall wellness requires looking at health from multiple directions, a system it has found more effective than giving clients a genie so they can wish for a brand-new body. Different parts chiropractic office, spa, and fitness center, Pacific Wellness affords clients many wellness options under one roof. That flexibility allows the staff to recommend treatments that tackle problems in tandem: a chiropractic adjustment may be paired with therapeutic massage, body wraps can follow a session with a personal trainer, or a facial after a chiropractic adjustment can help put the entire body at ease.