After a family trip to Hawaii inspired Spa Escape's signature Marine Mud detoxifying mask, the spa's owners worked to build a menu of services that similarly combined relaxation with a results-driven approach. Their trained staff of therapists and aestheticians helped a great deal in this mission, calling upon years of experience to develop a range of treatments to beautify and relax the body. Though the Marine Mud mask still serves as an ever-popular anchor, the spa's menu now encompasses exfoliating facials, waxing treatments, and massage therapy. Should stresses prove insusceptible to the therapists' targeted strokes and whispered rumors that your shoulders are haunted, the spa's packages grant up to a half-day of relaxation with multiple treatments.
When they're not studying the techniques of Eastern and Western massage in search of new pathways to relaxation, Joy of Living Massage’s Kardea Owens and Kammy Raymond draw on their wealth of knowledge to untie knots with oils, hot stones, bamboo rods, and their own nimble hands. The soft lights and neutral tones of the spa’s treatment room complement the treatments, which dig into muscles to excavate ingrained stresses and painful vestigial wing bones. The fascia-reaching kneads of a deep-tissue massage take aim at chronic aches, a holistic Thai technique rebalances energies with targeted stretching, and aromatherapy oils flood olfactory inboxes with love letters during a relaxing massage that alternates smooth strokes with fragrant splashes.
Waxing expert Ashly Clinger frees men and women from unwanted stubble in her homey studio, Face & Body Skin Care Retreat. She is such a pro at this form of depilation that she has recorded an instructional DVD to teach aspiring waxers the techniques and theory of her craft. Her website educates clients with tips such as avoiding caffeine for 12 hours before the appointment or how to write a nice breakup letter to the unwanted body hair. As a licensed aesthetician, Ashly also performed facials, body scrubs, and ear candling.
Maximum Image customizes its aromatherapy massage to fit your needs snugly like a pair of warm leather pants. One of their skilled licensed massage therapists will knead and karate chop wherever stress cinderblocks are lodged in your muscles, coupling each motion with awakening, rejuvenating scents such as lavender, oranges, and bacon. Properly reduced to putty, you'll then experience the soothing reflexology massage. By pressing at precise nerve points throughout the hands and feet that correspond directly to certain organs and functions of the body, your therapist will help stimulate depressed, depleted, or downright shy portions of your body and bestow you with a more whole sense of well-being.
At KBS Fitness, it's certified personal trainer Kingi Santiel's goal to make exercise engaging and not intimidating. That much is apparent from his outdoor boot-camp programs, where exercisers of all fitness levels perform push-ups, stair-climbing, and other body-weight exercises under the sun's rays. To complement those group workouts, Santiel and his team also bring to the table personal training, nutritional counseling, and massage therapy.
Laguna Canyon Spa may be a touch off the beaten path?the wellness center rests at the edge of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park?but that just means the facility's surroundings match its tranquil interior. After all, it's there that massage therapists perform more than 10 massage styles, including the ancient techniques of Ayurvedic and shiatsu. It's also where yoga and Pilates instructors guide students through postures using mats, reformers, and wall tower equipment, and where aestheticians tend to aging, dehydrated, and acneic skin types using the muds and herbs of eight types of facials. But though the wellness center is usually as serene as a glockenspiel solo, it can still be a fun place to party. The center plays host to birthday and bachelorette parties, during which guests enjoy spa packages that can include jewelry making and henna tattoos.