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.
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.
Breaking a sweat at most gyms requires at least a few minutes on a bike or a treadmill. But at The Oasis Club & Spa, ladies also have the option of releasing toxins while seated, soaking up the soothing heat of the sauna. Members gain access to a full range of fitness and spa services, from cardio equipment and dumbbells to tanning beds and massages. Group fitness classes, boot camps, and personal-training sessions keep exercise sessions fun and varied, and facials help women to feel beautiful even if they aren’t coordinated enough to apply makeup on the treadmill.
In a perfect world, it wouldn’t be difficult to find time for a massage or an aesthetician you trust. The team at Solano Wellness Spa have been listening to those needs from their clients for more than 10 years, all the while making their services an accessible part of self-care and winding down. With an accomplished staff of registered massage therapists and certified aestheticians, each treatment gets down to the clients’ specific goals, whether they seek to hydrate skin, diminish fine lines, wax brows, or soothe backs.
Milan Institute of Cosmetology's style students cultivate salon and spa skills beneath the guiding gaze of instructors in an array of image-enhancing services. The institute allows clients to bask in inexpensive beauty services administered by the beauty students who may become the superstar stylists of tomorrow. Paraffin manicures ($13 each) swathe hands in a hydrating paraffin elixir, which yields scintillating nails and velvet-soft skin. Basic facials ($20 each) thoroughly cleanse skin's every nook and cranny, leaving faces smooth and moisturized, and facial waxing ($5/area) banishes fuzz from unkempt lips or brows.
Gail Perry discovered her calling in the mid-1990s. Though she had no formal experience with massage therapy, she started to massage friends and family members until finally, she quit her day job and attended the Massage Therapy Institute of Davis. Since gaining her certification, she has joined two professional associations and capitalized on her innate ability to intuit and meet clients' therapeutic needs. She describes herself as tireless and attentive, saying, "My work is about being open to listening to the wisdom of the body." To this end, Gail offers more than 10 styles of massage, including lymphatic drainage and pregnancy, but generally combines modalities in order to deliver personalized treatments.