Clients lie sprawled out on comfy beds while polished Vogel-cut quartz crystals hang suspended above their bodies. This sets the scene inside of Hands of Light Massage Therapy, an oasis of holistic healing founded and run by Aimee Elam and Maria Ortega. Both are licensed massage therapists and well versed in numerous healing treatments. There are Swedish, hot-stone, and prenatal massages that benefit both physical and emotional well being. There are also exfoliating body scrubs that slough off dead skin. And then there's the aforementioned crystal bath. The crystals take on different colors?which correspond to the seven chakras. The colors emitted from the crystals are believed to cleanse participants' energy fields, making them feel as balanced and whole as a seesaw in zero gravity.
Backed by a local certification and state license, aesthetician Ashley Varien offers customized Dermalogica facials, body treatments, and waxing services to suit the needs of every client. She uses top-quality skin care products to personalize a treatment regimen, whether clients wish to combat aging, clear acne, or soothe sensitive skin. In addition to one-hour full-service facials, Ashley offers accelerated MicroZone treatments that target specific skin care concerns in only 20 minutes.
Lisa Ceballos and her fellow aestheticians at Bella Salon & Spa tout decades of experience in beautifying clients from head to toe. For her part, Lisa draws on a number of high-end products, including eyelash extensions that are made in the United States, applied to the individual lashes, and are capable of surviving a relentless barrage of compliments or a beautiful bombardment of butterfly kisses.
Heaven Scent Day Spa & Salon is an elegant space, with golden walls, soft chandeliers, and a trickling fountain. Skilled stylists float about the salon, transforming hair with cuts, color treatments, and smoothing keratin blowouts. Meanwhile, in spa treatment rooms, skincare specialists rejuvenate skin with exfoliating body wraps and anti-aging facials. Massage therapists soothe aches and pains with an array of massages, including Swedish, aromatherapy, and reflexology. And at mani-pedi stations, nail technicians pamper clients with paraffin hand treatments and detoxifying foot masks.
Aestheticians at Vitality Skin Care coax forth deep exhalations, drawing upon Epicurean Discovery's line of natural skincare products to tailor facials and body treatments to individual needs. Cosmetologists work amid racks of Glo Mineral makeup, jane iredale products, and paraffin wax for soothing hands and faking the royal seal on field-trip permission slips. Meanwhile, massage therapists call upon aromatherapy and various modalities to mend aching muscles and balance internal energies, and Infinity Sun airbrush-tan units slip silently across skin.
1976 was the United States' 200th birthday. It was the year the $2 bill was issued and the VHS was introduced. It was also the year that licensed acupuncturist and body mender Phil Caylor founded and instructed at one of the first massage schools in Santa Cruz. Now with more than 40 years of experience, Phil expertly slackens musculature with an ample repertoire of techniques.
Initial assessments of the body's overall health may segue into acupuncture to unblock energy flow or into the long, flowing strokes of Swedish massage to ease full-body tension. Whether releasing knots with firm deep-tissue techniques or investigating organ function with nutritional response testing, Phil complements his sessions with relaxation training to ensure wellness at home and pinky-lift training to prevent embarrassment at tea parties.