Ensconced in a bamboo-lined courtyard with a shrunken waterfall, Pure Radiance Skincare staffs seasoned skin shamans who work epidermic wonders with a variety of rejuvenating services and organic skincare products from Eminence. During a 60-minute Eminence facial ($75), spa-goers get a customized mask that addresses each face's individual needs and insecurities, as well as a neck and shoulder massage and hand treatment. Those lacking self-cleaning frontispieces can opt for a 60-minute Di-Vine facial ($80) loaded with antioxidants from Hungarian grapes. Smoother body surfaces can be achieved with an array of waxing services that remove unwanted hair from numerous bodily regions—including the brow ($20), lip ($10), arms ($45), and back ($50)—and shave valuable seconds off personal waterslide records.
Active Health's skilled massage therapists practice a myriad of massage styles, from deep tissue to Swedish to shiatsu. Soothe tense soul sacks with an oil-based, full-body Swedish massage, which combines gliding strokes with tapping and kneading motions to ease muscle tension and improve circulation, or take the tension tackling down to a lower flesh level with a deep-tissue massage. During a Shiatsu session, the therapist will focus on improving the body's energy flow, creating pressure with thumbs, fists, elbows, and tough-guy squints. Thai and pre-performance sports massages are also available, soothing your sore body until all the stress has evaporated and floated up to fill holes in the ozone layer.
The sound of snipping scissors echoes throughout the airy interior of Rumours, where fresh fruit-infused water, gleaming wood floors, and the fronds of potted plants greet men and women alike. The glimmer of gold and chestnut reflects the inspired glint in stylist Kayln Pascal’s eye as she expertly shifts mane shades with highlights or full color treatments. Though known across Capitola for her skills with color, Kayln’s talents extend to all aspects of hair design, from trimming shaggy manes to lengthening tresses with extensions for hoisting up Prince Charmings. Along with the complimentary glass of fruit-infused water, each of the salon’s customers receives a relaxing head, scalp, and hand massage, a paraffin wrap, and access to WiFi.
Angela Peck thinks we shouldn't put anything on our skin that we wouldn't eat. Staying true to her background in dietetics and Chinese medicine, the licensed aesthetician only works with organic, food-grade, GMO-free products. She pampers faces with balms from Sequoia Beauty—which are made from organic, locally sourced ingredients, blended by a master herbalist, and supported by unionized cucumbers. Along with custom facials, Angela specializes in manual lymphatic drainage, a gentle treatment for lessening rosacea, acne, and eczema, as well as relieving headaches and congested sinuses. She's currently working towards her certification in oncology aesthetics, a field devoted to the skincare of those undergoing cancer treatment.
Since 2009, therapists at Endermologie Massage have been using their namesake treatment to help clients slim down and increase their self-confidence. After first discussing aesthetic goals related to body contouring and explaining how their unique procedure works, one of these technicians guides the Endermologie lipomassage hand piece over targeted areas to reduce cellulite and aid in fat reduction. During this noninvasive 35-minute treatment, the motorized device kneads, manipulates, and gives good-natured noogies to the skin to help break down fatty deposits and smooth out the appearance of dimpled skin.