Vinita Vineet, owner of Vinita's Beauty & Threading Studio, hails from India, bringing Eastern depilation techniques to the West Coast. She and her staff of trained threading experts whisk hair from men's and women's faces, creating perfectly shaped brows, silky upper lips, and cheeks that are smoother than a newly polished bowling lane. For body parts south of the face, they rely on waxing treatments to remove unwanted hair. Artistically applied henna tattoos adorn arms, legs, and décolletage; henna is also used to tint hair.
At the age of 11, when most kids are playing with toys, Nadine Gomez was training. She spent so much time in salons, she essentially grew up in them, acquiring both a keen sense of style and the ability to effectively translate clients' ideas into reality. She puts her years of training to good use at Natural Intentions Salon & Spa, where she performs specialty cuts and color services for clients of all ages. Even though she has more than 23 years of salon experience at her disposal, Nadine is always looking to master new techniques, trends, and nicknames for "scissors" through ongoing training sessions.
Housing standup booths and three levels of tanning beds, The Tanning Company helps patrons sport sun-kissed exteriors regardless of the season. Whether vertical or horizontal, the equipment bronzes skin with features including miniature suns and dedicated bulbs for the side, shoulder, and face while keeping bods cool with adjustable fans.
Alternatively, staffers airbrush clients to create quick, UV-free glows. These custom spray tans evenly coat skin in an organic solution that, with proper maintenance, can render results that last for up to seven days. They also administer a signature "tanning cocktail," which combines spray tans with standup tanning-bed sessions.
Urban Bliss Day Spa's skilled therapists invite passersby to unload their stresses with a comprehensive menu of soothing spa services. During massages, dexterous hands evict aches from muscle abodes and melt away tension and icicles developing on rigid biceps. Spa-goers refurbish their frontispieces with a choice of facials enriched in antioxidants and green tea. Seaweed wraps cocoon patrons with hydrating minerals, and spray-on tans impart skin with healthy glows. Friends looking to escape stress in tandem can host a spa party to celebrate a baby shower, birthday, or girls' night out.
Dr. Joel Gutierrez and his staff at Gutierrez Chiropractic don’t just adjust spines: they realign lifestyles to promote long-term health. Each time they meet a new client, they provide screenings and consultations to spot potential causes of future health issues, be they bad posture or a curved spine. After identifying these potential hazards, they also prescribe diets and exercises to help clients deal with their individual health challenges. True to the business’s name, the team supplements all recommendations with hands-on treatments, utilizing a blend of chiropractic techniques, massage, and physical therapy to keep bodies both healthy and hearty.
From professional athletes to months-old babies, the chiropractors, acupuncturists, and massage therapists at All Pro Health Center use their expertise to maximize wellness and body function. The center is the official sports-medicine and health-care center for both the California Quake women's tackle-football team and the Pacific Warriors women's professional football organization, and resident Doctor of Chiropractic Charles Feng has an extensive background in sports medicine. After training at UCLA as a member of the Bruins' sports-medicine program, Dr. Feng served on the medical teams of both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Kansas City Chiefs. His voice may sound familiar from the local radio shows in which he discusses developments in the field of sports medicine, such as solar-powered athletic benches that warm themselves.
In addition to chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, and needle-free acupuncture, Dr. Feng and his colleagues treat sports injuries or everyday ailments with a range of manual and high-tech therapies. A certified practitioner performs active-release techniques, a patented soft tissue-based massage system that alleviates pain emanating from overused muscles. The crew also offers relief via physical therapy, kinesiotaping, and cold-laser therapy.
Monica Holden is grateful for two reasons: she's been able to practice massage therapy for more than 17 years, and she found a mentor in Dr. Myk Hungerford. This tenacious woman worked for half a century to train medical sports massage therapists during a time when professionalism in the field was hard to find because so few therapists carried briefcases. Monica had the great fortune of training under Dr. Hungerford at the American Institute of Massage Therapy, and now she pays it forward by presiding over a staff of certified therapists. These pros bring their massages to homes and offices, where they knead sore sinews with Swedish, deep tissue, shiatsu, and reflexology techniques.