Any salon can make you look good for one day, but the best salons strive to help hair, skin, and nails become healthier so that they'll look great for weeks to come. At Idea Spa Salon, stylists use Aveda botanical conditioning treatments to soften strands and repair damage, and nail artists use paraffin dips to replenish hands' moisture. During Aveda facials, aestheticians incorporate everything from herbal masks and high-frequency light treatments to balance and brighten skin, creating a smooth, even canvas in time for an appointment with the salon's makeup artists or a blind date with a face-painting clown.
The Kneaded Spot specializes not only in familiar massage styles such as the Swedish technique, but also BowenWork, a three-decade-old therapy style invented by famed practitioner Tom Bowen. The outfit's massage services tend to privilege relaxation over pain relief, though massage can still lead to side benefits such as more restful sleep and an end to screaming matches with your trapezius muscle. BowenWork, on the other hand, focuses on alleviating pain, realigning and resetting the body through gentle rolls over precise points in order to aid in recovery from accidents and sports injuries.
The technicians at SF Fat Loss endorse exercising as much as anyone, but they've noticed it has one major drawback: it takes a long time. That's why they help expedite the fat-burning process with noninvasive laser-like lipo treatments that use infrared energy. The infrared energy simulates the effects of exercising by opening up fat cells at the hips, thighs, buttocks, and mid sections. This causes them to release their fatty acids, water, and glycerol into the body and shrink, resulting in lost inches.
Reviance Plastic Surgery's board-certified surgeons and physicians work to improve physiques and complexions, drawing from an extensive menu of cosmetic services that includes skin treatments, laser treatments for hair and scar removal, injectables, and plastic-surgery procedures. Unlike the before and after pictures at pie-eating competitions, Reviance's gallery of before and after photos showcases tightened and toned outcomes.
Oceanic claims to have spent about ten arduous years developing their foot massage, a process that erased the stress, and a few toes, of nearly 3,000 test subjects. Experience the decade's worth of relaxation channeled into every stroke. Start by reclining in a massage chair and soaking your feet in warm water scented with nutrients, herbs, and various marinades and marmalades. A ten-minute head and face massage builds tingly anticipation in the toes, which is followed by fifty minutes of slow, not too intense, rubbing, kneading, and finger walking that hits every major pressure point of the foot. Based upon the principals of reflexology—where sections of the foot are said to directly correspond with major organs and groups of nerves—a focused massage therapist will set out to awaken slumbering livers, calm overactive lymph nodes, and give purpose to gallbladders.
Traditional Thai artwork brightens the dark-mahogany walls of Thiparpa Thai Massage in the light of chandeliers and flickering candles. From the floor of this flower-studded haven, therapists perform traditional Thai massages atop soft mattresses separated by opaque, glittering curtains. In their signature style, therapists use their bodies to move clients through positions that compress muscles, exercise joints, and mimic the poses of the therapist's childhood rag doll. Therapists can also incorporate Swedish massage and whiffs of aromatherapy. Thiparpa stays open until 9 p.m. daily, which provides patients ample time for a massage after work.