At Isis Skin & Body, medical director Dr. Noha Aboelata grants her patients' desires for beauty with a gentle touch, exclusively performing noninvasive rejuvenation treatments that employ the latest advancements in aesthetic upkeep. The practice is split between laser-based and topical therapies that both remediate existing problems and stimulate of the body's natural healing mechanisms.
Lasers earn their keep and daily continental breakfasts with work in three principle areas: routing unwanted hair, healing nail fungus, and helping to firm and smooth contours all over the body. To ensure topical treatments are safe for all skin types, Dr. Aboelata handpicks the products used in each service, which range from custom acne-scar treatments to eight types of chemical peels. Online forms dotting the company's website encourage curious visitors to start their restorative journey with a free analysis by identifying their skin and body concerns from a list that will help the staff to suggest a fitting course of treatment.
In tribute to its eponymous Egyptian goddess, the white and gold spa takes rich decorating cues from ancient palace-inspired aesthetics and the advice of style-blogging mummies. Columns capped with gold lotuses rise up to the entry hall's high ceiling, and gilded folding screens backdrop chaise lounges covered in bolts of lustrous, eggshell-colored cloth.
Massage therapist Evelyn is a muscle whisperer. She calms tense muscles using nothing more than her two trained hands. Depending on her clients’ ailments, Evelyn glides her hands along the back, pushes her thumbs into pressure points, deeply kneads dermal canvases, or gently rocks the body to sleep while dispensing a lullaby. Her sessions are customized for each individual, covering their scalp, neck, shoulder, and upper back in 15 minutes to traversing the entire body in a 90-minute period.
Dr. Ronald T. Weiland doesn’t “believe in fad diets,” as he notes on his website. Rather, he trusts in simple mathematics: fewer ingested calories plus more burned calories equals weight loss. At Ameri-Cal Weight Clinic, he and his staff put this equation into practice during comprehensive weight-loss programs that rely on healthful foods, aerobic exercise, and prescribed appetite suppressants. This mix of support, services, and tools is readily available at eight clinic locations throughout the Bay Area and one that only appears on leap years.
If Chris Tam’s work looks familiar, it might be because you've already seen it on TV, film, and in print. Prior to going into skincare 13 years ago, Tam was a makeup artist, helping stars shed their normal-people looks before getting in front of the camera. Now, with her own aesthetic practice, she tends to skin and follows through on a commitment to treat her clients exclusively with all-natural clinical services. Such treatments include custom facials, microdermabrasions, makeup application, and eyebrow shaping.
At Hibiscus Boutique Spa, clients’ relaxation begins before their appointments, with soft music playing in the lobby where a fountain gently bubbles. Each appointment begins with a consultation that helps the staff personalize massages, facials, and spa services to optimally satisfy each guest’s unique needs. The staff blends more than 150 raw ingredients including clays, herbs, essential oils, and flower waters to craft their own masks, toners, and serums in-house. Visitors may enjoy complimentary herbal tea and chocolate during their stay.
"I stepped out of the pod feeling almost absurdly peaceful and relaxed, wanting to do nothing more than just sit in a park somewhere and be happy and grateful." So said Mark Lukach of 7x7 after two float sessions in the 30% Epsom-salts water at Float Matrix. Named the Best Place to Alter Your Consciousness in 2010 by SF Weekly, the center lets visitors unburden themselves of stress in a soundproof, lightproof pod designed to simulate weightlessness and send brainwave patterns into a soothing theta state. The process has been scientifically researched and is based on a phenomenon called Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique, or REST—a deeply relaxed state in which the body is believed to divert freed-up resources to address cognitive function, creativity, and conditions such as pain and broken telekinesis actuators.
Owner Kane Mantyla told Lukach, "Floating is a lot like experiencing ‘nothing,’ and there is no set narrative for ‘nothing’ in our culture.” Mantyla was inspired to found the center in 2006, after experiencing a profound healing from his own pain. He has since facilitated more than 10,000 floats, helping clients share in the blissful nothingness in a tranquil, clean environment. The saltwater—which is mostly sterile to begin with—is sanitized after each session with compound filtration, ozone, and a small amount of hydrogen peroxide. Not content to only provide one path to relaxation, the center also promotes wellness via infrared-sauna sessions.