Nestled inside Dolce Salon, licensed massage therapists Kaye Palomarez and Jesse Ramos enact a range of soothing services. Eschewing every child?s dream of becoming the first astronaut to play in the major leagues, Kaye instead focused her energies on massage therapy at an early age, devoting time to mastering various massage modalities such as Swedish, polarity, and reflexology. Kaye and Jesse?s dexterous digits also specialize in aromatherapy and shiatsu acupoints, services that can be combined to create custom massage experiences and party packages for special events such as bridal showers, bachelor parties, prison breaks, and vacations. Additionally, Kaye works to assuage more than just muscular tension by involving herself with community-oriented philanthropic organizations such as Empty Bowls and the Katherine Harvey Foundation.
At her eponymous spa, skincare expert Colleen Elizabeth takes a holistic approach to beauty, favoring long-term solutions over one-time treatments. Her recommendations during a complimentary consultation can range from minor changes to an at-home skincare regimen to a series of medical-grade services at the spa. Either way, clients will be in good hands. Colleen Elizabeth personally selects all of her spa's skincare products from top-quality lines such as GloMinerals and Ayur-Medic, and many others are custom-made, like the stamps doctors use to give each newborn baby its fingerprints. In-spa services include advanced treatments such as electrotherapy facials and full-body chemical peels, as well as standard facials, plus makeup, waxing, and massages.
David McVeigh grew up in Ireland where he competed in road races and worked as a sports therapist. While he enjoyed his work, David felt limited in his abilities to rehabilitate his athletes. He’d learned firsthand the positive effects of massage therapy at his job and decided to make the switch, enrolling in a two-year course to learn the ins and outs of massage and bodywork.
Today, the owner of McVeigh Massage and his team in their quaint two-room studio, offer Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, and prenatal massages using heated pads and less-oily massage creams. Inside their serene and posh location, the team treats a variety of clients suffering from various body injuries such as chronic lower-back strain resulting from computer engineer work or inflamed muscles springing from strenuous exercises. They also provide terrycloth headbands and caps to keep hair from doing donuts in the slick creams.
The dental team at Santa Barbara Dental Spa understands the anxiety that often accommodates visits to the dentist. That’s why they’ve designed their dental office for relaxation. Here, the ambient sounds of the dental office, such as the whir of the drill and the loud clicks of “Chewing for Beginners” classes, give way to soothing sounds of a waterfall. Meanwhile, scented treatment rooms court nostrils with aromatherapy. At the technological end, digital x-rays guard patients against the doses of radiation emitted by traditional x-rays, and water laser tools virtually eliminates the grinding, heat, and skull-vibration of standard metal drills.
With a keen eye and a quick hand, Wendy Halleck smoothes nearly any area of the body with professional waxing treatments. She sculpts eyebrows and banishes fuzz from upper lips, and gives her clients respite from razor burn on the underarms, legs, and bikini zones. Waxing provides longer-lasting results than shaving, allowing customers to bare their legs, lounge by the pool, or race around the velodrome for weeks on end.
At Zen Massage Place, the massage therapists erase stress with soothing massage treatments. Herbs, sea salt, or flowers enhance foot soaks before foot reflexology treatments; likewise, thai hot herbal balls or hot stones are employed during full-body massages. Other options include deep-tissue, Shiatsu, or Swedish massage techniques, as well as relaxing treatments that include a rain shower and body scrub for soft skin.