The stresses of everyday life dissipate at the hands of Desert Palms Alternative Health’s licensed massage therapists, who relieve tension and aches within the confines of an all-purpose health spa. Led by massage therapist, alternative healer, and Canadian expat James R. Davis, the team culls techniques from a wide range of modalities—from the long, flowing strokes of Swedish to the penetrating warmth of hot-stone massage. Their breadth of knowledge allows them to cultivate massages that treat patients as individuals and even accommodate special conditions such as pregnancy.
The alternative healing center’s customized spa services don’t end with massages. Within the serene confines of a private treatment room, licensed aesthetician Samantha rejuvenates skin with AgeSmart back treatments and natural facials that take advantage of clay’s sibling rivalry with dirt. When she isn’t exfoliating faces and backs, Samantha spreads warm wax across the body to swiftly and gently remove unwanted hair.
From styling celebrity hair to revitalizing complexions with relaxing facials, the team at Willo Aveda, an Aveda concept salon, aims to fill local mirrors with visions of beauty. Stylists of five different experience levels wash and rinse hair before breathing new life into languishing strands with a tailored cut and blow-dry. Alternatively, hair artisans can deploy Aveda's 97%–99% naturally derived formulas to refresh hair with a single-process color or nourish locks with conditioning plant oils that leave hair shinier than a freshly licked ring pop. The stylists at Willo Aveda also stay engaged with their clients through an active blog that celebrates lauded hair happenings. Most recently, the business collaborated with other Aveda salons to help set a Guinness World Record for the most money raised for charity in 24 hours through haircuts alone.
Under the supervision of Dr. Jon Dresser, a staff of nurse practitioners and registered nurses bolsters client confidence and boosts well-being with noninvasive aesthetic services. Qualified medical staff employ the Palomar StarLux 500 laser—which is outfitted with broadband light energy, a vacuum, and a cooling system—to optimize laser hair-removal treatments and acne or anti-aging facials. Qualified medical staff administer all laser therapies and inject dermal fillers such as Botox, reassuring patients with expert medical advice about their results, aftercare, and probability of attaining immortality. The space's capacious waiting room is painted an energizing shade of lime green, and scattered sofas and oriental rugs exude a welcoming, homey feel.
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.
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.
Though it doesn't provide the discomfort and high ticket prices associated with an airport pat-down, a massage is still an effective tool for discovering concealed knives and small firearms. Prove you’re not packing in the most relaxing way with today’s Groupon: for $32, you get a one-hour massage of your choice from Bassil Kamas at Body Serenity in Fair Oaks. Bassil's massages are award-winning—they’ve dominated KCRA's A-list for the past three years.
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