Despite its name, Happy Feet – Massage, Nail & Skincare doesn’t just make feet happy; it makes the whole body grin from ear to ear. Mixing Chinese medicinal herbs with techniques including reflexology and acupressure, the massage center’s therapists help eliminate tension and remove impurities. The center’s two locations, in Pasadena and South Pasadena, immerse clients in bright traditional Asian decor, with plush, white beds complemented by red oriental lanterns, red curtains, and decorative art of Confucius jumping for joy after working out a kink in his neck.
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.
Having spent two-and-a-half seasons as the Kansas City Chiefs’ associate alternative team doctor, Doctor of Chiropractic Darrick Sahara has the chiropractic chops to keep both regular patients and top-level athletes injury-free. At his clinic, he combines traditional chiropractic techniques with a variety of other alternative modalities, including homeopathy, hyperbaric-oxygen therapy, and applied kinesiology to treat injuries and ailments with a holistic approach.
Expert mane mavens at Blo-Out Lounge, which has garnered shout-outs from LA Girl, help guests choose one of five blow-out options, including Big Sexy Hair, with volume and curls, or the straight, sleek look of Urban Girl. Before sudsing up and styling locks, tress tamers evaluate the hair's condition and select a preexisting Bumble and bumble hair mask or whip up a custom creation. The masks soak into strands beneath a hot-towel wrap for about 10 minutes, and, depending on the mask, quench parched skull grass, bolster thickness, or make hair shinier than a bald head dipped in liquid gold.
Cote d' Azur's friendly, experienced staff employs natural and organic products to pamper bodies with an array of holistic healing services. Designed to relieve built-up tension and relax the body, the restorative massage fuses Swedish and deep-tissue techniques to silence stress brought on by work, school, or sleeping on a pommel horse. The massage therapist places hot stones and heated healing packs on the body to further assuage muscles aching from the endeavors of everyday movements, and cold jade stones refresh and ease faces weary from challenging cheshire cats to smiling contests.
Registered acupuncturist and medical professor Dr. J.R. Zhou helms Acupuncture Clinic of Pasadena, where she uses sterile, disposable needles and natural herbs to break cycles of illness and anxiety. During acupuncture sessions, Dr. Zhou stimulates specific points across the body, helping to unblock energy pathways, pinpoint new freckles, and potentially assuage stress, anxiety, or pain. She also prepares customized herbal teas and supplements that, in accordance with traditional Chinese medicine, deliver natural curative benefits to the body.