The arched gate of Le Jardin at the Spa opens to a concrete path that leads to four small cottages where tranquility abounds. The refurbished four-cottage compound houses a full salon and spa, where clients take a mini vacation from the stresses of day-to-day life with full-body massages and relaxing facials that cleanse skin with Image and Pevonia skincare products. Inside, stylists remove split ends and salvage damaged strands with a five-step conditioning process and crossed fingers. They also host spa parties, which often include a sparkling-wine reception and decadent desserts. With the purchase of any five regularly priced spa services, clients may host their own spa party for free and bring their own food, drinks, and friends.
For more than four years, Ling Foot Spa has been luring guests through its doors with diverse styles of therapeutic massages. Clients may take a seat and let a therapist melt away tension in the feet or massage the back and shoulders as bodies rest in a specially designed chair. For full-body massages, clients sprawl out on tables to let experts unearth aches and pains with deep, hands-on strokes or the penetrating heat of warm stones. Ling Foot Spa also offers unique four-hand body-massages, which are administered by two skilled therapists to achieve more widespread relaxation, or by one skilled therapist to pay for his arm implants.
Inside Touch of Zen Day Spa, tightened muscles succumb to the gentle strokes and deep kneads of full-body massages, and faces find balances in skincare treatments. Dead-Sea salt exfoliates away dead skin cells and anoints younger, healthy cells with essential oil. The spa services clients seven days per week and stays open until 10 p.m., prepping clients for a peaceful sleep regardless of the sandman’s delivery schedule.
It's rare to see someone wearing gloves in San Francisco, especially outside of the holiday season. But at All About You Day Spa, bundled-up hands are a desirable luxury. During a paraffin treatment, clients dip their hands into warm wax, wrap them in plastic, and fit them into heated gloves, moisturizing and softening the skin. Alongside aromatherapy, it's a common complement to the spa's nail services, and can be performed on feet as well.
The spa's staff has specialized in such relaxing touches for more than 12 years. That's about as narrow as their specialties get, however—their menu encompasses treatments for the entire body, from complexions to heels. Their list of facials includes Jessner peels and skin-brightening serums, and every one comes with a skin analysis, steam, exfoliation peel, and customized mask. As for hair, stylists create flattering cuts and up-dos, often with help from color formulas. Massage therapists soothe muscles with Swedish and deep-tissue kneads, or target pressure points on the feet with reflexology techniques, a safer method than having you walk across spilled marbles. Waxing, makeup, and spray-tanning services are also available.
Kelly Ann's Day Spa welcomes guests into relaxation. The Tuscan-inspired studio surrounds them with flickering candles, murals of the Italian countryside, and the soothing sounds of waterfalls and ocean waves. This bliss-inducing setting enhances the spa's services, which include hydrotherapy and steam baths, facials, and body scrubs. The staff also beautifies guests with an array of complementary aesthetic treatments, from hairstyling to mani-pedis.
Post pampering, the therapists show guests to relaxation rooms, where they can lounge in front of a fireplace while sipping tea, nibbling pastries, and fantasizing about never going back into the real world ever again. The spa also houses a retail area that's stocked with products from lines such as Spa Blends.
"You don't have to be famous to be fabulous!" That's the motto at Backstage Beauty Lounge, where clients get treated like pampered stars. The facial services echo this with names including Hollywood Faux Face Lift, which infuses skin with Image skincare products, and Hollywood Secret facial, which includes an anti-aging mask that no one knows about. Treatments are conducted by aesthetician Tina, who specializes in microdermabrasions and peels to help her clients look and feel younger.
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