Situated in a historic neighborhood under the shadow of Sequoia National Park, Liza's Day Spa steeps the senses in tranquility with essential-oil aromas, Asian-inspired décor, and the sounds of burbling water. Skilled massage therapists mend tense backs with modalities ranging from Swedish and deep tissue to shiatsu and craniosacral, each helping to eradicate tension, chronic pain, and ill feelings toward mouthy shoulder blades. In a bath of warm, polished stones, patrons wiggle digits to prep them for the gentle shaping and polishing of hot-stone mani-pedis, and diamond-tipped microdermabrasion and custom facials help exfoliate and hydrate the skin.
Certified massage therapist and licensed aesthetician Shawna Young unburdens achy muscles and unearths fresher faces with massage and skincare services that she adapts to fit each client's particular needs. A one-hour massage conforms to the pressure intensity level that the client desires, lightly caressing tired muscles with Swedish strokes, untying knotted tendons with deep-tissue techniques, or dismissing physical or emotional trauma with cranial sacral therapy. Expectant mothers unwind during a prenatal massage, which cradles bodies with a pregnancy pillow to alleviate the strain that results in leg cramps, backaches, and bowling defeats.
Sensia Salon & Spa doesn't have any walls––or so it would seem. Floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides drench the space in natural light, giving the red wall partitions the glow of a ripe pomegranate. These are the stomping grounds of owner Cathy Reily, who draws on her background as a licensed aesthetician to beautify clients with invigorating facials, body waxing, and slimming body treatments. Also on premises is Tina Lukens, whose inviting black leather salon chair has seen bland strands transformed with bold color highlights. The staff can also whisk clients to a private room for a relaxing massage session, and they even purvey an array of retail clothing, ideal to complement a sleek 'do or replace the tattered invisible clothes of an invisible friend.
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Men and women alike stand to benefit from Holly and Kristin’s menu of services, which includes medical facials, exfoliating chemical peels, and gentle waxing treatments. Free of artificial fragrances and dyes, the spa’s repertoire of skincare products assists them through treatments and forms the basis for many of the at-home skincare regimens they prescribe. With more than 10 years of experience in the medical-skincare industry, Holly and Kristin draw on their collected wisdom to treat skin conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation, sensitivity, and tattoos of caterpillars that have yet to morph into butterflies.
The technicians at Thread & Sugar embrace a natural approach to beauty, whether they are practicing ancient Eastern hair-removal methods or hand-mixing organic facial ingredients right before the client's eyes. An organic salon located in the Central Valley, they use nail polishes free of DBP, formaldehyde, and toluene, and organic, herbal hair color products that are non-toxic. Even the cleaning products they use are eco-friendly and the space is equipped with an onsite purifier that keeps dust, allergens, and debris from invading the air.
The aestheticians at By Divine Facials coddle complexions with skin services that range from quick mini facials to advanced microdermabrasion treatments and chemical peels. Eyelash extensions add drama to every blink, and makeup artists primp faces for weddings, proms, and debutante wrestling tournaments. Waxing treatments leave skin free of unwanted stubble, and Cellussage sessions aim to vacuum up cellulite's skin dimples without surgery.