Moonstone Skin and Body Care's seasoned specialists refresh the faces and relax the musculature of time-crunched patrons with two pampering services fit into a one-hour spa session. Aestheticians inaugurate stress-busting sessions with gentle cleansing and exfoliation that leave skin as fresh as the day it was velcroed onto your skull. Using Éminence's organic skincare line, staffers then layer visages in a soothing mask that creates a bright, balanced complexion sealed in with a moisturizing lotion. Moving on to the massage, therapists marshal a series of soothing strokes in Swedish or deep-tissue modalities, fashioning 30 minutes of knot unwinding for backs, leaving them as tension-free as a retired rubber band.
Licensed massage therapist Marci Graham prides herself on giving clients exactly the kind of massage they need. Whether her mission is to assuage chronic pain or simply aid in relaxation, Graham begins each session the same way—with an in-depth consultation about her client’s health history, treatment goals, and ability to lick his or her elbows. Once she has determined which of her six modalities will work best, Graham can further customize the session with options such as hot stones or Thai bodywork. As if this weren’t enough, she augments each session with tips and techniques gleaned from the ongoing-education courses she frequently attends.
The experienced massage therapists at Shibui Gardens Outdoor Spa vanquish stress with a multitude of relaxing massage services augmented by steamy sauna and hot-tub sessions. Flower-lined brick walkways encased by thick foliage wind through the spa's insulated downtown San Anselmo expanse, which is dotted with wooden structures housing two private massage rooms and open-roofed hot tubs boasting clear views of clouds or flocks of soaring pterodactyls.
With an expansive menu of services, Eden Day Spa refreshes bodies from head to toe using the latest techniques and quality products. Countenance caretakers rinse away dermal imperfections with a variety of facials, including the personalized European facial ($85) and a gentlemen's facial ($105) that deep cleanses, soothes razor burn, and paints on a dapper moustache. Relieving tense tendons, various massages—such as a soothing hot-stone massage ($105 for 60 minutes)—help bodies and their owners relax and forget about the impending woodchuck uprising. Eden Day Spa also offers makeup applications, body scrubs and bronzing treatments, and hair-removal services. Those seeking greater frontal fortitude can invigorate faces with a Dermio Oxygen Therapy treatment and facial, which rejuvenates the visage, neck, and décolletage, helping to facilitate collagen production and providing an oxygenated breath of fresh air throughout the entire body. Inspired by the style of ancient Turkish bathhouses, Eden Day Spa gives guests a sensory sanctuary complete with Mediterranean art and social quarters for chatting up Ottoman artisans.
Following in the footsteps of Dr. John C. Lilly’s research in neuropsychiatry, Conscious Drift fills its relaxation studio with modern versions of his sensory-deprivation tanks. Filled with clean water and infused with epsom salts, the chambers can confer benefits for stress, fatigue, and bodily pain. Conscious Drift offers many explanations for the profound effects of its tanks, including theories that the experience frees energy usually spent fighting gravity, activates relaxing brain waves, and transports clients back to the stainless-steel gestation pods where all life begins.