Within the walls of Lavender Hill Spa, volcanic ash becomes more romantic than a bouquet of roses. Two Jacuuzi tubs stand side by side within a private cottage, where couples can relax with signature volcanic-mud bath treatments, which combine volcanic ash with White Sea kelp, therapeutic mineral salts, and lavender essential oils. Couples' spa packages also move beyond the tub?love birds can both enjoy therapeutic massages and facials.
Lavender Hill Spa nurtures more than just romance, however. Nestled against a garden hillside, the relaxing spa welcomes clients of all sorts with special packages, such as the Gentlemen's Choice with a volcanic-ash mud bath and deep-tissue massage, or the Mothers-to-Be with a coconut-milk bath treatment and pre-natal massage.
Lincoln Avenue Spa stocks only high-quality herbs, oils, and skin products for its services. Calistoga has garnered fame for its mud baths, so Lincoln Avenue Spa takes advantage of its locale with Moor mud and body mud treatments. Their jacuzzi baths and massages relax the corpus, and exfoliating salt scrubs leave skin as soft and radiant as a feather boa set aflame.
Natural-healing renaissance woman Christine M. Esters has a theory about illness and lethargy: oftentimes, it stems from the digestive system. To help boost her clients' energy levels and aid them in slimming down, she offers colon hydrotherapy, dietary cleanses, and a host of other services aimed at detoxification, such as detox footbaths. In addition, Esters uses her certifications in aromatherapy, massage, and reiki to aid in clients' healing.
Though motherhood and Chinese medicine may seem to be two disparate specialties, Sydney Bebb-Walker embodies their common thread: listening. An acupuncturist and massage therapist with more than 25 years of training, Sydney still prides herself most on her ability to simply listen to patients before mapping out a treatment plan that will bring them a long-term sense of well-being.
Her treatments generally blend a range of therapies from a list that includes Chinese herbal medicine, detoxifying infrared sauna sessions, allergy testing, and acupuncture, which she studied at the San Francisco College of Acupuncture. Under Sydney's care, past patients with issues ranging from the stresses of young adulthood to menopause and aging have found effective therapies for treating their ailments.
To some, entering Blush Day Spa may feel more like wandering into a European castle. In the lobby, tufted armchairs huddle against an exposed-brick wall decorated with framed mirrors and paintings. Elsewhere, tasseled curtains lead out to a stone waterfall, soft yellow lamps and flowers sit next to cozy pedicure chairs, and massage tables lie side-by-side, strewn in rose petals and gold blankets near a vintage ebony credenza.
All that's not to say the spa is out of date. In fact, the service menu is decidedly modern, with treatments such as body contouring and anti-aging manicures with a glycolic peel. Their facials are particularly advanced, especially the LED photo rejuvenation and oxygen facials that both help brighten and even out skin tone. Even with all the technology, old-fashioned relaxation is still a priority, with a variety of massages available. This combination of results and relaxation led WESH-2 TV to deem Blush the area's Best Day Spa.
Owner Julie Martinez cultivates a serene atmosphere at Body Karma, one in which the body's natural ability to heal shines. With the help of locally crafted spa products, made with natural preservatives and essential oils instead of harsh chemicals, her staff performs massages and herb-based facials.