Clients lie sprawled out on comfy beds while polished Vogel-cut quartz crystals hang suspended above their bodies. This sets the scene inside of Hands of Light Massage Therapy, an oasis of holistic healing founded and run by Aimee Elam and Maria Ortega. Both are licensed massage therapists and well versed in numerous healing treatments. There are Swedish, hot-stone, and prenatal massages that benefit both physical and emotional well being. There are also exfoliating body scrubs that slough off dead skin. And then there's the aforementioned crystal bath. The crystals take on different colors—which correspond to the seven chakras. The colors emitted from the crystals are believed to cleanse participants' energy fields, making them feel as balanced and whole as a seesaw in zero gravity.
Yon-Ka Paris, Dermalogica, and Jan Marini skincare products pack ingredients such as vanilla, olive oil, and citrus. With helpful tools such as these, the massage therapists and aestheticians at The Village Spa pamper the body from forehead to toes. Their facials for teen, mature, and manly complexions incorporate a customized cleansing and a complimentary lip and eyebrow wax, if desired. Body-waxing services, alternatively, whisk unwanted hair from underarms, legs, and bikini zones—government-designated property in which only bureaucrats in bikinis are allowed. The team can also lavish guests with body-polish treatments that combine body brushing and salt scrubs to exfoliate the entire birthday suit.
Dr. Kun Xiang relies on the successes of Chinese medicine to help clients find relief from new and chronic pain, allergies, and sleep disorders. Tiny acupuncture needles target specific areas of the body, and custom blends of herbs focus on rebalancing the entire body’s workings. Dr. Xiang also treats patients with Tui Na massage, which encompasses hand techniques and rhythmic compressions to open the body’s energy channels.
Walking into iBody Wrap Spa isn't so different from entering an amethyst. Located in the Los Gatos Lodge Hotel, the cash-only spa's purple walls ensconce purple-blanketed treatment beds, separated by sheer purple curtains. In this monochromatic and tranquil setting, the team soothes physiques with luxurious reflexology massages that relax, revive, and rejuvenate.
Orchid Beauty & Spa is located on a deserted island—or so it would seem. Panoramic wall prints display turquoise water and pristine beaches as white as granulated sugar. Clients are led past mani-pedi stations and Romanesque white columns to private rooms. There, highly trained aestheticians administer soothing facials and full-body waxes and ease tension with hot-stone and deep-tissue bodywork. The spa also offers an array of Lamprobe and microdermabrasion treatments to stave off acne and pesky spider veins.
After working at other beauty establishments, aesthetician Angelica Carr wanted to create a space where she could both pamper her guests and pay homage to her Mexican heritage. She has accomplished both of those goals at La Choza Day Spa. As she told KRON 4 in 2009, La Choza—which translates to "the little hut"—is meant to recreate the ambience of a cozy, south-of-the-border village. In the reception area, red Spanish-tile accents and paintings of cacti and beachside scenes promote an atmosphere of rustic tranquility.
Besides offering facials, massages, nail services, and body treatments individually, Carr and her team bundle them into spa packages; for example, the romance package for two includes spa pedicures and candlelit side-by-side massages on rose-petal-dappled treatment beds. And there are treatments for all ages here—together with her daughter, Carr designed a menu of teen services specifically designed to combat issues such as stress or acne caused by thinking about algebra too much.