When Monica Wason moved to Salinas, she was in the midst of planning an addition to her family. Though she soon discovered that there were no prenatal health venues near her new home, she was undeterred. She decided that she'd simply open one herself, and founded Green Belly as a wellness center for fellow pregnant women. Soon, her clientele expanded to include postnatal and non-pregnant women as well as men, prompting Monica to broaden her efforts. She funneled her experiences as a nurse and massage therapist into pampering services, and hired a teaching staff to help lead yoga, Pilates, and belly-dancing sessions. Today, she continues to welcome guests from all walks of life into Green Belly's lime- and cream-colored rooms to fulfill their wellness needs. As sun beams through the studio's skylight and bay windows, her aestheticians work to brighten faces with Jadience skincare products. She exclusively stocks the spa with organic products, complementing the center's nature-inspired décor while also honoring the trees who taught her slow-breathing techniques.
Within the pampering confines of Diva's Beauty Studio, aesthetician Monica Hernandez makes it her mission to help clients feel their best. Her skincare treatments include intensive PCA Skin chemical peels, which exfoliate dead skin to liberate the glowing dewiness beneath. Her pumice-assisted microdermabrasion offers a gentler take on exfoliation, and her de-stress facial aims to gently replenish guests' energy and lift their moods. Other facials include the classic facial, the vitamin C facial, and the back facial, which clears dorsal pores and keeps wings clean. Monica also waxes, keeping faces and bodies free of unwanted hair.
Juliet Bettencourt draws on years of experience in skincare and massage therapy to soothe bodies with treatments that blend the principles of both within a relaxing spa environment. After her own struggles with acne compelled her to help others, Juliet enrolled in beauty school, where she began to augment her uncommon empathy for patients with vast reserves of skincare knowledge. Today, she matches that unique combination of compassion and clinical precision with products from Raya Cosmetics and other trusted brands that cater to normal and sensitive skin types. When she isn’t flushing out pores and polishing cheeks during facials, Juliet waxes away unwanted fuzz and waters tattoos of roses that have begun to shed their petals.
Tayo Day Spa’s mother-and-daughter duo pampers clients with treatments that help create radiant skin and are found on the menu of services. Helmed by the skin-soothing fingertips of the daughter-aesthetician, the 60-minute signature facial starts with a deep cleansing of the visage canvas before an exfoliating enzyme mask and steam treatment supervene to open up pores and slough off dead skin cells. A hand, arm, and shoulder massage works away tension hiding in the extremities of the musculature, and a nourishing application of face and eye cream, which leaves the skin with a glowing complexion, concludes the expression-maker-revamping session.
Massage practitioner Deanna Lopez works in her private treatment room at Optimum Health and Healing to soothe her clients' tight muscles. Though Lopez specializes in the long, flowing strokes of Swedish massage techniques, she also performs foot massages.
Give Michelle De La Torre 25 minutes, and in exchange she'll give you 90 days' worth of glamorous glances. The deft lash expert outfits peepers with water-resistant lashes––applied individually for a more natural look––and even stocks varying lengths, allowing customers to choose their preferred level of drama. Victorian vanities and stuffed leopard-print chairs pepper the professional home she shares with the other aesthetic experts and time-traveling big-game hunters at Bella Salon & Spa, where guests can further refine their looks with treatments that range from moisturizing body wraps to microdermabrasion.