It used to be an historic Dixon firehouse filled with burly men ready to extinguish raging fires. Today, it's an oasis of refinement thanks to Le Petite Salon and a neighboring tea room where pinkies float daintily above porcelain cups without fear of uninvited swearing. Inside the salon—which is dotted with vintage-inspired decor—distinguished wooden styling stations with large, ornate mirrors recall the sophistication of an old English estate. Amid these dignified furnishings, seasoned stylists prune and arrange tresses into flattering shapes and enhance facial features with makeup. While they get brides, prom dates, and birthday girls ready for their big events, a certified massage therapist kneads tense sinews in a private treatment room and a coffee bar keeps waiting guests caffeinated.
Each appointment at Skin Renewal Center matters, but the first one really lets clients know that the staff cares about their skin and wants to educate them. During the initial visit, an aesthetician assesses the client’s skin, both with their expert eyes and a skin scope. The skincare specialist then works with the client to devise a skincare plan they can follow at home.
They treat everything from acne to dry skin to signs of aging with high-quality products by Pevonia Botanica and Epicuren Discovery. Even the center’s massages focus on skincare—the therapists use varying strokes to increase blood flow and enhance a complexion’s glow or to relax muscles that cause wrinkles.
Spa Central's facial-friendly staff pampers guests with luxury spa services that showcase Decleor aromatherapy skincare products. Choose the 30-minute express signature facial to revive surfaces by exfoliating dead skin cells and those pretending to be asleep. An ensuing mask purifies and hydrates cavernous face canals with a refreshing intensity that may prompt strangers to pinch your cheek as if it were a lemon wedge.
Gerner Chiropractic’s owner and namesake, Dr. Lynn Gerner, helms a team of three chiropractic doctors who take care to tailor their treatment plans to individual clients. It helps that each of the doctors brings a unique perspective to the practice. For example, Dr. Gerner's background in personal training and her current work as a birth coach account for her holistic approach and extensive anatomical knowledge. Dr. Bryon Cloyd, on the other hand, brings a worldly perspective, which he gained while volunteering his services to patients in Nicaragua and performing complimentary sports physicals for local students. Dr. Liliana Ulloa-Butler—a graduate of UC-Davis—specializes in treating new moms, infants, and children. She speaks fluent Spanish, which serves her well when adjusting the misaligned spines of Spanish-language textbooks.
Regardless of which doctor they visit, patients begin treatment with a consultation and a discussion about the nervous system's influence on physical and emotional health. Together, doctor and patient decide on a course of care that may include massage, spinal adjustments, craniosacral therapy, or passive-motion therapy.
When we think of massages, we usually imagine a set of hands kneading the back of the shoulders and neck. Jackie VonDorsten—the massage therapist at Indian Lotus Massage—does too, but she also expands on the neck-and-shoulder routine in favor of full-body treatments that target tension from head to toe. She understands everybody stores stress in different places, which is why she tailors each of her sessions, intuitively tracking down hidden knots with deep-tissue pressure, Swedish-style kneads, or hot-stones.
But massage is just one of the ways Jackie make clients feel good. As a cosmetologist, she deep-cleans pores and exfoliates skin with facial treatments and European mud wraps. A naturally fast runner, she can also travel to her clients' homes and offices for on-location sessions.
Aesthetician Stella Swisher harnesses her individual experiences to pamper clients at Rejuvenations Skin Studio with treatments such as waxing, facial treatments, and permanent makeup. She strives to infuse each of her services with a natural approach, whether she's tinting lashes with Austrian vegetable dye or slathering mugs with antioxidants during anti-aging facials.