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.
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.
Sue Ferrier opened Dana Point Bodycentre as a place of holistic healing and pampering spa services. On the healing side, she leverages her training as a massage therapist to oversee a staff of skilled bodywork experts that are well versed in a variety of soothing modalities?Swedish and hot stone are just two of them. On the pampering side, she works with aestheticians that make use of Jan Marini Skin Care and SkinCeuticals products as they dole out classic European facials and rejuvenating peels. They even render exfoliating body scrubs and wraps with natural salts, sugars, and mineral mud. And in case clients value familiarity, Sue boasts residence in or near Dana Point since 1973.
D Hair and Spa employs specialists who hail from the Dermalogica Institute. These skincare workers offer advanced facials that begin with "skin mapping," which help them discern what the client's skin type is and which issues need the most attention, such as age spots beneath the eyes or a fire budding in the nostrils. With that knowledge, they combat blemishes during treatments that feature Dermalogica products. If you want to maintain your skin regimen at home, these same products are available for purchase in the spa's retail section.
D Hair and Spa's massage therapists, meanwhile, are armed with a range of bodywork techniques and therapeutic-grade essential oils. They offer Thai, Swedish, and hot-stone massages which, when combined with scents of lavender, wintergreen, or lemon, pack a one-two punch of releasing muscle tension and inducing feelings of bliss.