At Peak Performance Massage, certified and experienced massage therapists offer a variety of soothing services. They specialize in sports and injury massage, in which they work on localized areas to increase flexibility and help lessen the chance of injury, but also offer other modalities, including Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massage. Their other treatments include steam therapy, scalp treatments, and foot scrubs.
In an open space of hardwood floors and walls of mirrors, members work up a sweat on treadmills and elliptical trainers while focusing their attention on the personal TVs each machine is equipped with. This is one of the many perks at FitU's Modesto, Oakdale, and Riverbank locations, some of which also feature massage therapy that can soothe muscles after working out or running into the weight room’s clear plexiglass walls. The enthusiastic staff is always on hand to dole out pointers to those heaving free weights or pushing toward David-like physiques on the circuit weight-training machines. They also motivate patrons in a social setting with group fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and spinning sessions. During one-on-one personal-training sessions, they zero in on a patron's abilities and goals to develop a challenging, yet manageable, fitness regimen. In addition to all the fitness-related amenities, the Modesto and Oakdale locations also feature cardio movie theaters and childcare facilities.
"Sano" means health, and that is the focus of the staff members at the Sano Spa at Casa Munras Hotel - Monterey as they perform beauty and wellness treatments, such as massages, facials, and waxing services, using natural ingredients and essential oils. The spa's four spacious rooms are each equipped to host an array of treatments, including facials, massages, and body wraps and scrubs. Rich, exotic ingredients pervade each treatment, such as pure beeswax and aromatherapy oils incorporated into custom massages, or the marine-based serums used in the youth-glow facial, which evokes radiance unseen since before faces learned that the Fountain of Youth isn't real. The nourishing elements of brown sugar, seaweed oils, and coconut body butters bolster eight types of body treatments including wraps, scrubs, and baths. Sano's skilled technicians also provide makeup applications for special occasions and airbrush bodies with a natural-looking, sunless tan that makes the sun second-guess its relevance.
Between treatments at the upscale retreat, robe- and slipper-clad clients lounge beneath alcoves draped with ivory linens as they sip on cups of hot tea or a re-mineralizing cocktail. Lush plants and vibrant flowers weave around Sano Spa's outdoor garden, where patrons soak in the sun as they ease into a steamy Jacuzzi or curl up next to the glowing fire pit.
GG's Spa & Salon pampers from scalp to toes with an expansive menu of relaxation and beautification services. Clients can request an all-natural facial or solicit a skilled stylist to snip away split ends from your hair or dead ends from outdated treasure maps. The spa also employs a licensed massage therapist who eases tension with bodywork techniques such as reflexology and hot-stone therapy.
Perched a clamshell throw from Fisherman’s Wharf, Jack’s Restaurant and Lounge highlights the best of the coast with a nighttime menu brimming with regional seafare, naturally raised beef, and local wines. After taking a seat beside the fire in the dining room, lava cauldron in the kitchen, or under a heater on the pet-friendly patio, diners unfold menus to peruse a list of classic California appetizers such as steamed littleneck clams ($8) spritzed with lemon aioli. Seafood populates the entree list as well, including Monterey Bay sand dabs ($19) and fennel-and-pepper-crusted ahi tuna ($28), seared rare and dished with pancetta and white beans. A dish of watercress risotto ($16) scoops vegetarian comfort fare such as aged goat cheese and buttered leeks. Chophouse entrees range from a glazed tenderloin of Harris Ranch beef ($28 for 5 oz.) to braised pork osso buco ($23) with a side of sweet-corn succotash served by a cartoon cat with a lisp.
The team at Monterey Day Spa, offers clients the spa services they seek: nailcare, hot-stone massages, gentlemen’s facials, and organic sugar scrubs. The staff provides services with natural, opulent products that incorporate soothing aromatherapy oils and creams where possible.
After spending a handful of years crunching numbers for her family's car business, Doran Poma decided to pursue a passion for skincare that she developed as a teenager. Since completing beauty school in 2006 and becoming a licensed aesthetician in 2007, Doran has used her expertise to clear the complexions of numerous clients, including a woman in her 50s who'd been dealing with acne since her teens. This April, Doran began running her skincare operation out of a gut-rehabbed salon, where she uses phytomer and Jan Marini products to pamper clients with specialized facials designed to treat conditions ranging from acne and discoloration to wrinkles in the time-space continuum.