A white canopy hangs from the ceiling's center, forming a snowy, gabled pathway. Shorter green curtains pull back to reveal a series of private rooms, with the canopy's flowing excess folds decorating the wall in modest emerald ponytails. After clients lie down on the Asian–style floor mats, one of Chiang Mai Thai’s skilled massage practitioners enters to mend muscles using Thai techniques, thought to have been practiced for several thousand years. By blending these time-tested stretching and joint-rotation exercises with modern Swedish and deep-tissue techniques, lightly oiled hands can release toxins held captive in the blood and career goals of becoming Han Solo trapped in the subconscious.
Merle Norman Cosmetics' name comes from Merle Nethercutt Norman, who founded the company back in the 1920s. Initially, she made beauty products just for her family and friends, but she was so successful?especially with her "try before you buy" philosophy, which back then was quite unusual?that a full-fledged makeup company grew up around her. Nowadays, the company is still thriving and is now run by Merle's nephew. Their products, all made in the United States and modernized since Merle's early days, include makeup in sheer and saturated hues, a line of skincare products, and assorted perfumes.
In the midst of the car horns and workaday tasks that often define city living, it's hard to find a minute's peace. Not so at Serenity Wellness Spa, whose front doors block the world's worries from disrupting the center's restful mission. Inside, practitioners bring a sense of calm through the chaos with spa services ranging from massages to facials. Muscles relax thanks to traditional Swedish and deep-tissue bodywork, or access deeper comfort through specialty treatments like Thai massage and energy-balancing reflexology. That same expertise also extends to the surface, where skincare treatments clear up everything from age line and acne to dehydration and dullness.
BodyCentre Day Spa often looks beneath the surface, searching for ways to make clients feel rejuvenated inside and out. This commitment even helped the Costa Mesa location earn a spot on the CBS Los Angeles list of 2014's Best Day Spas In Orange County.
The spas' massage therapists perform a range of relaxing and mind-centering modalities that can relieve chronic aches while restoring a greater sense of focus and self-awareness. This includes everything from deep-tissue work and acupressure to shiatsu and reflexology. The spas' skincare treatments adopt a similarly broad approach, improving tone and texture as they address individual needs with a combination of specialized products, noninvasive techniques, and advanced technologies?including hyperbaric oxygen and sea fennel stem cells. For a thoroughly cleansing experience, the centers even offer detoxifying colon-hydrotherapy sessions.
The stresses and demands of everyday life can take their toll mentally as well as physically. At Lake Forest Spa Massage, these troubles are easily forgotten as therapists indulge clients with a variety of rejuvenating bodywork and skincare treatments. Massages styles include gentle Swedish techniques and knot-releasing deep-tissue pressure as well as shiatsu, which uses a combination of acupressure techniques, stretching, and breathing exercises to calm bodies and minds. Additionally, the center's staff can pamper visitors with facials and body scrubs intended to restore the skin's naturally radiant glow, and waxing treatments that leave it as smooth as a freshly shaved statue.
At KBS Fitness, it's certified personal trainer Kingi Santiel's goal to make exercise engaging and not intimidating. That much is apparent from his outdoor boot-camp programs, where exercisers of all fitness levels perform push-ups, stair-climbing, and other body-weight exercises under the sun's rays. To complement those group workouts, Santiel and his team also bring to the table personal training, nutritional counseling, and massage therapy.