A shower of crystal chandeliers and golden baroque workstations exemplify the air of sophistication at Tranquille Spa. Fresh herbal tea and an aromatherapy neck-and-shoulder pack accompany the myriad salon-and-spa services, including haircuts, waxing, and facials. The staff also travels to brides on their wedding day to set them up with an updo, a makeup application, and a groom to marry.
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.
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.
From smudges and clumps to raccoon eyes, mascara can be a formidable foe. But Sarai Thomas-Brown has found a way to throw out the mascara wand for good. Using a process called lash dipping, she darkens lashes with semipermanent paint that keep them dark and vibrant for up to six weeks.
The licensed aesthetician and certified massage practitioner provides other unique treatments including a beer, wine, or chocolate facial or a grape-seed sugar scrub that leaves skin glowing. She draws from her studies in renewable resources and green living to create an eco-friendly atmosphere for her clients and the earth.