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.
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 unties knots of tension with massages, waxes away unwanted fuzz, and waters tattoos of roses that have begun to shed their petals.
Tayo Day Spa's massage therapist coddles bodies in comfort as soothing kneads work out tension and stress. Soothing strokes and manipulations of various pressures relax tightly wound tissues as stress leaves mind and muscle with a tear-filled goodbye. The one-hour, full-body treatment helps alleviate pain and promote relaxation inside the quaint day spa, where soothing blue walls surround a plush treatment bed and a fireplace releases warmth during services. Tranquil sounds from a trickling fountain greet guests, and warm tea calms palates inside a waiting room donning period décor complete with chairs slenderized by corsets.
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.
Goldi Jacques-Maynes, the almost-eponymous founder of Golden Chiropractic, draws on knowledge gleaned while training with leading authorities in sports chiropractic medicine to keep spines happy, healthy, and pliable. Before administering customized treatments, the licensed chiropractor first gets to know her patients through a medical history overview that accounts for past injuries and part-time jobs with Sisyphean construction crews. X-rays afford an internal peek at the spine’s going-ons, and adjustments relieve sublaxations before Dr. Jacques-Maynes calls upon activator adjusting instruments, electrical muscle stimulation, and ultrasound therapy to correct ailing discs.
The center’s resident massage therapists, Monica and Nancy Ferreira, supplement chiropractic treatments with massage techniques cultivated during hours of training. Whether gliding across backs with Swedish-style strokes or placing warm rocks in areas of built-up pressure, Monica and Nancy work to reduce muscle tension and increase joints’ range of motion.
The staff at Dermaclinica believes that the secret to a successful skincare treatment is professional-grade products. That’s why they pull from top quality lines such as gloProfessional when clarifying complexions with signature facials and microdermabrasion treatments. They take particular care of sun-damaged skin, and complement all facials with oxygen steam mist, electric dermal brushing, and aromatherapy massage oils. When not enhancing features with tinting services or scale wax busts, the staff is melting away tension with heated stones during full-body massages.