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.
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.
Licensed aesthetician and Bay Area–native Barbara Zaller didn’t always know massage therapy was her calling. After beginning her career as a dental assistant, then taking time off to raise her son, Barbara entered the professional fray once more. From her outpost at Butterfly Yoga, Barbara pampers clients with facials, customized peels, professional teeth whitening, massage therapy, and skin therapy. She swathes faces in luxe products from brands such as Dermalogica and DermaQuest, which she uses to treat acne, rosacea, and damaged skin. Her dexterous fingers ease stress from muscles during Swedish, shiatsu, deep-tissue, and sports massage. She performs specific body work on areas more annoying than a little sister’s obsession with megaphones and complimenting people's work ethics.
Theresa, the aesthetician at Rejuvinate & Eternity, came upon her profession after her own struggle with skin conditions led to regular visits with skincare professionals. Seeing how maintenance programs could reduce and prevent skin outbreaks, she took up skin physiology and chemistry and relayed her experience and knowledge into her own practice. Now, Theresa pares down signs of acne, stress lines, and loose pores with facials for women, men, and teens. She cites rejuvenation and relaxation as the goals of her practice and complements skincare regimens with hot-stone treatments that remove toxins and relax muscles bound up by tension and stress. Theresa also travels to her clients’ homes to perform facials for a convenient and private treatment.
Before establishing Rejuvenation Skin and Body Wellness, aestheticians Veronica and Oralia sharpened their aesthetic skills in the beauty industry for nearly a decade. During this time, which included a stint working as a skincare expert for Erno Laszlo, Veronica learned the ins and outs of microcurrent therapy, which she uses to firm aging skin. As for Oralia, she not only customizes skincare services, but also focuses on beautifying faces with makeup applications—a skill she honed while working for Stila Cosmetics and Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. Both seasoned skincare specialists offer custom European facials, full-body waxing, and five different types of peels.