Stationed in Old Town Fair Oaks, Carisma Salon boasts a squad of stylists that meticulously gussy up hairdos with cuts, coloring treatments, and highlights. While they work, they use Redken color products as well as a variety of shampoos, conditioners, and styling products that subdue frizz, keep strands in place, and add volume to coiffures without applying dough and baking them in a hair-oven.
A tribute to the owner’s mother Geri, who during her life dreamt of a quiet haven to relax and rejuvenate, Geri’s Garden Spa makes that aspiration a realization with its cozy environs and soothing services. Escape is as easy as settling in for a hot stone or mommy-to-be massage. The staff accommodates guests hiding away from the bustle of the world for a brief period by rendering, for example, the rejuvenation facial—its herbal oxygenated sprays and vitamin enrichments giving the face a radiant glow and makes reflective plastic unnecessary when riding a bicycle at night. Aromatherapy body cocoons and eucalyptus wraps, alternatively, ensconce bodies in botanicals, hot towels, and moisturizers, which make personal care comforting and enjoyable.
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At Esthetics by Jess, located within Regent Street Salon, the eponymous owner and aesthetician pampers faces with a variety of treatments that aim to rehab skin. Jess believes that good skincare is akin to vacuuming—you can really see where you’ve worked and where you haven’t. And though she knows that skin will never do exactly what you want, she wants to do what she can to keep it healthy.
So Jess draws on her seven years of experience to perform anti-aging, cleansing, and chemical facials, as well as back treatments. During each session, she thoroughly analyzes skin before slathering on the appropriate high-quality, natural product. After facials, Jess recommends a personalized skincare regimen and good library book.
At Wind-N-Willow Specialty Shop & Spa is a modern-day apothecary where skilled hands blend herbs, salts, and oils to meet clients' skincare and relaxation needs. The healing haven's staff also takes a holistic approach to spa services including massages and ear candling. Each service begins with an aromatherapy foot soak to purify feet and toes and to signal to the body both that it can relax and that the room may have flooded. Clients in search of a luxurious detoxification experience can step into a sauna or ionic footbath under the direction of knowledgeable staff members. Skilled aestheticians also keep clients' skin clean and healthy with the help of natural, mineral-based skincare products by ERTH.
For more than 10 years, massage-therapists-in-training have learned therapeutic modalities and a caring touch from seasoned teacher and Fair Oaks Massage Institute director Madonna Polley. Polley—who has more than 40 years of experience in the massage-therapy world—works alongside more than 10 instructors. They teach students in small groups and incorporate plenty of hands-on training, unlike the people who teach psychics how to read minds. Then the pupils—who must complete more than 250 hours of training to be certified—bring their knowledge to the treatment room as they practice Swedish and deep-tissue techniques on real spa clients. They focus each massage session on the spa-goer's needs and help reduce stress, relieve pains, and strengthen the immune system.
Polley brings decades of experience to the institute, from instating a massage program at Mt. Hood Community College in 1979 to founding the Fair Oaks Chiropractic & Wellness Center with her husband in 1980. But she also ensures she and her team keep their skills current through participation in continuing-education courses.
Fair Oaks Massage Institute also offers public classes and workshops that teach techniques such as reiki and cranial-sacral therapy, as well as specialty modality certifications, which include learning how to massage without wearing boxing gloves.