Rich browns and greens cover nearly every inch of Origins Massage and Bodyworks, summoning the serenity of an ancient forest. Teeming with plant fronds, mud-hued walls, and dark wooden floors, this tranquil space encourages visitors to ponder beginnings, from the seedling that grows into a towering redwood tree to the sense of calm that springs from a gentle touch. Licensed massage therapists guide individuals and couples to private rooms, where warm beds and soft music help them shed stress from the outset. After the therapist compiles a health history, the client identifies tender muscles, stiff joints, and other sources of pain and tension. If desired, staffers may also perform skin treatments such as organic facials and exfoliating foot scrubs.
During the studio's signature Swedish massage, a therapist cultivates relaxation using long, flowing strokes, light taps, and gentle pressure. Each session is tailored to specific pressure preferences and may include trigger-point therapy if the client is suffering from muscle knots. To minimize friction and maximize comfort, the therapist may daub the skin with massage oil as smooth as a saxophone dipped in chocolate fondue.
The licensed aestheticians and massage therapists at Modern Day Spa soothe the skin and relax the mind with beauty and bodywork treatments. The spa's facials cleanse pores, fight acne, and fight the signs of aging, whereas the full-body seaweed mask detoxifies from head to toe and provides excellent camouflage during games of Marco Polo. Swedish massage, shiatsu, and reflexology techniques knead tension from tired muscles and recalibrate energy levels during tranquil 60-minute sessions.
At Comfort Laser Clinics, experienced physician Samuel Sunshine, MD, and his staff of trained and licensed registered nurses oust unwanted follicles, tattoos, and inches with an array of treatments. The specialists wield powerful pulses of light to zap follicles for a fraction of a second, permanently stymieing their ability to sneak back onto bodies while disguised as fake mustaches. Permanent body art gradually fades under the exposure of the ConBio laser, while other laser treatments help to tighten sagging skin, hone in curves, and rid toenails of sprouting fungi or topiaries.
After 25 years in the salon industry, Breathe Salon & Spa owner Sue Tonyan knows how to create a relaxing atmosphere. Sue and her team of certified salon professionals prettify guests with services ranging from facials and hair extensions to medical-grade therapies such as Botox. Above all, friendly staffers hope to create an oasis for clients to escape life’s stressors, such as overstuffed schedules or a child’s discovery of “The Song That Doesn’t End.” Staffers favor products by such high-end brands as KMS California, Dermalogica and Jan Marini.
Salon Shanti's nail technicians have practiced licensed polish applications for years in preparation to daub your nails in coats of colorful paints. Tools from brands that include Creative Nail Design assist salon employees in digital maintenance such as shaping nails, cuticle care, and moisturizing. Identical treatments for toenails quiet wiggling piggies, and a callous sloughing and lotion application transform tough exteriors into velvety foot suits. Although it's not included in the value of today's Groupon, customers can upgrade to a spa pedicure with a foot scrub, mask, and intensive foot massage for an additional charge.