The scent of custom-blended essential oils mingles in the air with the bright, natural fragrances of Aveda shampoos and styling products at Salon Lux's two San Luis Obispo locations. All stylists must complete advanced training at the Salon Lux Academy before they're qualified to perform the signature treatments—haircuts, highlights, and special-occasion styles for weddings or formal jazzercise classes. On the spa side of the salon, massage therapists and aestheticians begin each service with a warm footbath and aromatherapy treatment. Wielding their arsenal of Aveda products, the technicians pamper clients with polishing body wraps, plant-based waxing, and facials revved up with gemstone powders and glucosamine treatments. Full-body massages come with customized pressure and foot-reflexology techniques, and can be shared by two friends or a pair of mortal enemies looking to rekindle their hatred for each other.
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.
Slowing down the passing of time has always been an elusive endeavor. But the aestheticians at Beautiful Image may have found their own solution: microcurrent treatments. The treatment's noninvasive wands aim to stimulate the growth of collagen and elastin in the facial muscles in order to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and perma-frowns.
From red-wine facials to grape-seed-oil massages, the vinotherapists at Vino + Therapy Spa Studio introduces wine and beer components to their soothing spa treatments, aiming to exhibit the healing and rejuvenating properties of wine and beer used during the beautification process that are said to date back as far as Cleopatra and the Romans. 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 delicate tissues and reduce inflammation. Beer hops, meanwhile, are rich in magnesium, zinc, and vitamins B1 and B3, and can help promote healthier skin.
Vino + Therapy Spa Studio provides a welcoming environment for beer and wine enthusiasts to sip boutique wines at the sidewalk patio before or after a variety of treatments. Travelers and locals alike can 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.
Drs. Carmelo and Aracely Plateroti channel nearly two decades of holistic medical care when helping promote natural healing within their patients’ bodies. Many of their treatments blend Eastern and Western practices, such as the Meridian Stress Assessment—which uses a combination of acupuncture and modern diagnostic tools to locate the body’s weaknesses. Acupuncture points are also used during Acugems Facial Rejuve, a treatment designed by the doctors to help renew and tighten complexions.
Signature Service: Massage therapy, bodywork, spa services
Brands Used: Organic coconut oil
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Free street parking
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: Please arrive 10 minutes early to fill out a quick one-page intake form.
A massage from Jessica Yvette is like two spa treatments in one. Jessica slathers bodies with organic coconut oil during her kneadings, which include Swedish massages or her personal favorite, lomi lomi massages. The coconut oil is primarily used to help her hands glide effortlessly over the body, but it also acts as an intensive moisturizing treatment for the skin. Plus, because it has anti-bacterial properties, it may help fight acne much more effectively than coating the back in toothpaste.
However, Jessica doesn't use the oil during every massage. Sometimes, she needs to use focused pressure to work out deep kinks, such as with her deep-tissue massages, and sometimes, her clients stay fully clothed while she stretches out their limbs, such as with her Thai massages.
When she's not reducing stress through massages, she's doing it through body-scrub sessions with aromatherapy, spa facial therapy, and reiki energy healing.