Tiffany Kaiser, an aesthetician with more than 13 years of experience, performs six peels, three microdermabrasion treatments, etc. Tiffany specializes in permanent makeup, a treatment that safely defines brows, lash lines, lips, and the forehead's SAT words. The center stocks a selection of Rhonda Allison–brand products for clients desiring to continue their skincare at home.
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At the full-service La Pelle Skin Spa & Boutique, complexion experts wield high-end products from brands such as Physiodermie and Duchess Marden, which they apply during massages, body treatments, and facials. The staff works with a constantly friendly demeanor, whether performing whole-body exfoliation treatments or full-body waxing. Facials that last 45–90 minutes, another of the spa’s specialties, cleanse, moisturize, and protect the façade, unlike doing the worm all the way across a corn field. Massage therapists practice a number of modalities to reduce bodily tension and promote detoxification.
Pure Skin Spa's expert tress tamers fashion a silken smoothness with an armada of beautification services. The spa's most popular service, the Brazilian waxing, safely applies a soothing wax to nether manes before its speedy removal, bringing with it a horde of fugitive follicles and squashing the chance of a local Sasquatch spotting. Patrons can luxuriate among the couches and floral décor of Pure Skin Spa's relaxing facility. Boasting a commitment to local philanthropy, Pure Skin Spa enthusiastically partakes in community fundraisers dedicated to advancing local schools, youth organizations, and aspiring wax-museum curators.
Ensconced in an idyllic California craftsman-style house that dates to 1915, and listed in the 2009 Lonely Planet travel guide, Napa Massage & Bodycare's healers mend muscles with custom massage services and skin treatments. Treat bodies to a soothing epidermal extravaganza with the 45-minute signature Welti Wellness massage, featuring an all-star cast of deep-tissue, trigger-point, sports, reflexology, and energy-balancing styles emceed by robust Swedish techniques. Whatever their choice of massage style, cosseted clients can indulge in superficial to deep kneads according to their superficial or deep needs, as well as unscented lotion or aromatherapy oils. A topical liniment jettisons discomfort from joints before a peppermint-chamomile foot cream and a moist therapeutic pack infuse bodies with as much calm as a nap beneath a pile of puppies. Guests luxuriate amid Napa Massage's cozy environs, decked out in stained-glass windows, homey vintage-style furnishings, and private massage rooms. Napa Massage & Bodycare is located within walking distance of several bed-and-breakfasts and two hotels. Though today's Groupon does not cover these services, Napa Massage also offers hot stone massages, couples massages, and pregnancy massages, as well as facials, waxing, and other body-care treatments.
Several Napa Valley residents may have visited Spa Terra without ever realizing that they were there—or rather, that they were standing on top of it. The 22,000-square-foot hideaway is entirely subterranean and has tucked its 12 treatment rooms into the Estate Wine Cave behind the Meritage Resort. This naturally sequestered locale echoes with the whispers of waterfalls, enticing guests to trace the brick arches and spiraling mosaics of its Florentine design. Chandeliers and candles cast a glow onto stone, tile, iron, and wood accents, all of which were built by craftsmen to fit the underground space without angering its slumbering dragon landlord. The light takes a smoky, ethereal shift inside the steam grottos of the ladies' and gentlemen's lounges, and private soaking pools radiate blue-green tones from beneath the water.
In keeping with the earthy environs, the staff draws from local and organic ingredients during its treatments. Olives, herbs, and honey brighten skin through a variety of body scrubs and facials, which also rely on products from Comfort Zone and Éminence Organic Skin Care. Unsurprisingly, wine has a role in many of the services—the signature Solo Vino package begins with a cabernet-grape-seed scrub, then segues into a wine-cave-mud body wrap. It concludes with a therapeutic Terra massage and a selection of cheeses, served with wine or champagne. Guests can browse a far-reaching menu of massage modalities, including targeted styles for headaches and sore feet, or schedule a romantic couples session complete with chocolates to share.
There are many reasons someone might want to be Oprah Winfrey, but for Katie of Solano County, it would be so she could get a massage from Barbara Gamble every day. Katie, who suffers from fibromyalgia, credits her weekly massages from Barbara with helping her feel better and giving her the hope of healing. Katie isn’t the only one to reap the benefits of Barbara’s talent. Inside BarJea’s Body Therapy, Katie and others find relief and peace through Swedish, therapeutic, or deep-tissue massage or reflexology treatments. People are noticing that Barbara’s work is beyond ordinary—in 2012, she won a Best of Napa award in the massage-therapist category for the second consecutive year, a prize for which only 1.4% of 2011 winners qualified.
These two last award-winning years are only the tip of Barbara’s more than 15-year career. Certified in massage therapy and deep-tissue bodywork, she has practiced Swedish, deep-tissue, and medical massage along with trigger-point therapy. Her treatments include aromatherapy and healing herbs and take place in her secluded massage studio. Along with massages, she offers detoxifying body wraps that use infrared heat or Dead Sea mud. She also administers sauna sessions with color therapy to alleviate physical symptoms, such as being a polar bear when you want to be a grizzly bear.