Face to Face welcomes visitors to relax with services that range from time-tested massage techniques to revitalizing skin care treatments. Inside, licensed aesthetician and massage practitioner Emily Robinson designs customized facials, working with each client's skin composition to bring out their most glowing visage. She also administers massages such as the holistic Shiatsu treatment, which focuses on restoring the body's natural flow of energy, also known as qi. Beyond attending ongoing courses to stay abreast of the latest skincare breakthroughs, Emily draws from background in science and nutrition that leaves her particularly suited to help skin feel as healthy as it looks.
From red-wine facials to grape-seed-oil massages, the vinotherapists at Vino + Therapy Studio introduce a wine-grape component to each of their soothing spa treatments, aiming to exhibit the healing and rejuvenating properties of wine used during the beautification process. That’s thanks to owner Nena Benson, who draws inspiration from the vinoterapia spas popular in Tuscany. She touts the revitalizing effects of wine grapes; the acids can enhance circulation, for instance, and age-fighting antioxidants and resveratrol help strengthen and protect delicate tissues.
Because Vino + Therapy Studio has paired with local wineries, guests can also sip boutique wines and nibble Italian small plates at the sidewalk patio before or after treatments. Clients can even pair a day at the spa with a wine tour, during which they sample sips from the capacious cellars and naturally occurring wine geysers of several Central Coast vineyards.
California runs through Kellie June’s veins. She was born on the Central Coast, and only left briefly to get a professional skincare education and beautify models on photo shoots and fashion shows in Austin. But as soon as she returned, she quickly funneled her newfound skills into helping people in her home state. Today, she flaunts her professional techniques in rejuvenating facials and peels, elegant makeup services, and wink-boosting eyelash extensions and tinting procedures. She also excels at waxing, wielding a gentle touch and thorough post-care instructions for each of her bikini, Brazilian, body, and facial waxing services to ensure skin stays smooth and comfortable.
Licensed massage therapist Elise Clements takes her practice on the road by traveling to her clients' home turf. While drawing on her knowledge of human anatomy, she intuitively identifies and mends problem areas with deep-tissue and Swedish techniques. Her approach loosens knots without skimping on relaxation and soothes athletic, elderly, and injured clients alike. In addition to subduing stress, Elise helps bodies recover from an array of ailments, such as sciatic pain, recurring headaches, and shoulders frozen by overuse and the sudden appearance of bright headlights.
The G Spa's staff, guided by Dr. Kathleen Griffin, thwarts the ravages of time with internal care and spa medicine tailored for women's needs. Practicing for more than a quarter century, Dr. Griffin possesses comprehensive knowledge of the female form and all that ails it, from PMS and menopause to body-image issues caused by the unrealistic standards set by hourglasses. Nurse practitioner Dianne Sandel handles all laser treatments, women's annual exams, and engineering medical weight loss programs while medical aesthetician Jill Valestrino complements Dr. Griffin's internal care with skin and body treatments. Among various services, the duo plumps earlobes with dermal fillers, diminishes veins with sclerotherapy, and tightens skin with laser facials. Life coach Petra Beumer rounds out the spa's offerings, rooting out the emotional and mental blockages that prevent women from losing weight or achieving their goals. The team’s combined services earned them a place as finalist for Best Medical Spa in the Santa Barbara Independent in 2011 and 2012.