Urban Bliss Day Spa's skilled therapists invite passersby to unload their stresses with a comprehensive menu of soothing spa services. During massages, dexterous hands evict aches from muscle abodes and melt away tension and icicles developing on rigid biceps. Spa-goers refurbish their frontispieces with a choice of facials enriched in antioxidants and green tea. Seaweed wraps cocoon patrons with hydrating minerals, and spray-on tans impart skin with healthy glows. Friends looking to escape stress in tandem can host a spa party to celebrate a baby shower, birthday, or girls' night out.
Vinita Vineet, owner of Vinita's Beauty & Threading Studio, hails from India, bringing Eastern depilation techniques to the West Coast. She and her staff of trained threading experts whisk hair from men's and women's faces, creating perfectly shaped brows, silky upper lips, and cheeks that are smoother than a newly polished bowling lane. For body parts south of the face, they rely on waxing treatments to remove unwanted hair. Artistically applied henna tattoos adorn arms, legs, and décolletage; henna is also used to tint hair.
Janice Hofstee at Skin Sensations helps free skin from signs of aging, acne, and uneven color with an array of peels and skincare treatments. Medical-grade microdermabrasions with LED light therapy rid skin of dead cells and gently exfoliate the face, and various peels treat skin with active enzymes and vitamins C and A.
The threading specialists and experienced aestheticians at Rekha's Threading Salon preen and refresh faces with a variety of spa services. During lip and brow threadings, technicians twist a special 100% cotton thread against unwanted facial fuzz, evicting even the most free-spirited and delinquent hairs, including those that are one step away from becoming beauty-school drop outs. And because the process relies on soft thread, clients can anticipate modestly low levels of local swelling and redness.
From professional athletes to months-old babies, the chiropractors, acupuncturists, and massage therapists at All Pro Health Center use their expertise to maximize wellness and body function. The center is the official sports-medicine and health-care center for both the California Quake women's tackle-football team and the Pacific Warriors women's professional football organization, and resident Doctor of Chiropractic Charles Feng has an extensive background in sports medicine. After training at UCLA as a member of the Bruins' sports-medicine program, Dr. Feng served on the medical teams of both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Kansas City Chiefs. His voice may sound familiar from the local radio shows in which he discusses developments in the field of sports medicine, such as solar-powered athletic benches that warm themselves.
In addition to chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, and needle-free acupuncture, Dr. Feng and his colleagues treat sports injuries or everyday ailments with a range of manual and high-tech therapies. A certified practitioner performs active-release techniques, a patented soft tissue-based massage system that alleviates pain emanating from overused muscles. The crew also offers relief via physical therapy, kinesiotaping, and cold-laser therapy.