In a sunflower-colored sanctuary with welcoming, veranda-esque furniture, the beautifiers of Bay Area Body Spa tackle superficial imperfections with a diverse service menu. Slimming figures and reducing ticket-fares when traveling by suitcase is a specialty achieved by noninvasive body contouring and body wraps. Once bodies are molded into the desired shape, they can receive other upgrades including UV-free airbrush tanning, facials and waxing, and teeth-whitening treatments that makes teeth up to eight shades brighter in as little as 15 minutes.
Soothing aromatherapy, heated stones, and trained hands provide ultimate relaxation during massages at Body Kneads Day Spa. The popular therapeutic sessions represent a small percentage of services offered—others range from exfoliating salt body scrubs to facials with LED light therapy. Specialty treatments include lypossage body-contouring sessions and private aromatic baths with a water-jet massage, lit candles, and choice of rubber duckies to play with.
Dr. Richard H. German, FACS, Elite Med Spa's board-certified on-staff physician, has partnered with over 7,000 patients to help reach their weight-loss goals through healthy diet, exercise, and nutritional supplements. He and his staff, winners of Palo Alto Online's 2012 Best New Service Business award, custom tailor slimming plans to each individual client, taking into account medical history, BMI, and nutrition needs, then support dieters with weekly check-ins or long-term guidance. Dr. German also holds certification in facial injectables such as Botox or Juvederm to keep skin looking fresh and supple. Additional services include hormone replacement therapy, laser hair removal, medically supervised weight management, and photofacials. A complimentary consultation is included with each service.
A day at the spa is designed to be relaxing, and yet the hassle of getting to the salon can be just the opposite. That’s why Judy Chen, the owner and aesthetician of Luminous Spa Studio, designed her services to be undertaken anywhere—whether at her welcoming salon or, thanks to her mobile service menu, at the place of her client’s choosing. Wherever clients decide, she flaunts her skincare skills with facials that use the power of enzymes and anti-aging ingredients to keep faces looking as fresh as the day their parents first removed their protective wrapping. She uses products from brands such as Jan Marini, Dermalogica, Clarisonic, and Perricone MD, and goes beyond the scope of the face to improve the health of the skin on the back and décolletage. Outside of skincare, she works to enhance her clients’ beauty with brow and lash treatments, using Xtreme Lashes to add drama to eyes or warm wax to sculpt brows or depilate faces.
Soreness melts from tense musculature as clients soak in the hot tub at Family Health Center. Each room at the brightly lit spa is lined with intricate tile work in the shape of flowers or sunrises, serving as a cheerful mood inducer and a nice backdrops for self-taken headshots. Sweating in the steam sauna releases toxins and enhances circulation; patrons can also detoxify via body scrubs and massage sessions. A rest room offers guests a padded space to lie down and meditate in between visits to the assorted spa rooms and their corresponding hallways.
The team at Butchart Health Center consists of Dennis Butchart, a doctor of chiropractic, and fellow physicians, Dr. Robert Duplain ND and Dr. Corrine Wang ND. Together they take a deeper a look at the root of patient's surface symptoms to target the underlying cause. The root of many ailments often can be traced to spinal misalignment, which he and his colleague Dr. Jeremy Jones then treat using a variety of adjustment techniques and stern lectures.
Their teammate, J. A. Servatius, a naturopathy specialist, takes a similar holistic approach to his weight-loss and wellness treatments. He aims to help his clients make positive changes in their lives by adopting proper nutrition and healthy habits.
In business since 2002, Day Dreams Massage Therapy is a Diamond Certified company, due in large part to the minimum of eight years massage experience each of their therapists possesses. This deep knowledge of bodywork informs them as they completely customize treatments for each client. They draw on a variety of techniques––deep tissue, Swedish, Thai, hot stone––in order to ease stress or target specific areas of concern, such as chronic pain or joint immobililty. In addition to massage, they invite guests to bask in the beneficial rays of the infrared sauna, where radiant heat and the whispered encouragements of a cool towel aim to increase blood circulation and decrease stress.