Situated in a historic neighborhood under the shadow of Sequoia National Park, Liza's Day Spa steeps the senses in tranquility with essential-oil aromas, Asian-inspired décor, and the sounds of burbling water. Skilled massage therapists mend tense backs with modalities ranging from Swedish and deep tissue to shiatsu and craniosacral, each helping to eradicate tension, chronic pain, and ill feelings toward mouthy shoulder blades. In a bath of warm, polished stones, patrons wiggle digits to prep them for the gentle shaping and polishing of hot-stone mani-pedis, and diamond-tipped microdermabrasion and custom facials help exfoliate and hydrate the skin.
Inside an open 2,200-square-foot space, Amoré Salon & Day Spa’s owner and proprietor Jessica Griffeth and her team of licensed professionals perform a full menu of beautification services including massage, spray tans, and haircuts. Before undergoing any of the salon’s rejuvenating services, clients can relax and talk openly with staff members to make suggestions, requests, or simply recite The Song of Hiawatha from memory.
Inside its golden, Romanesque spa space, Renaissance and its legions of 25-plus cater to muscles, manes, and minds. After an initial consultation, the skincarists will design a treatment facial for your skin condition. Each service includes a sudsy, double cleansing of cheeks, chins, and noses, along with exfoliation and necessary extractions. During the cleaning, a beauty-savvy cartographer assesses skin topography in preparation for a Face Mapping, which, in addition to targeting skin tone with steam treatment, determines whether or not your face is caked in peanut butter. All cleansing is followed with a face, neck, and shoulder massage, along with a clarifying masque and moisturizer.
Nails by Farrah's digit stylists pamper hands and feet with polymer nail enhancements and indulgent manicures and pedicures. Treat tired tootsies to a soothing spa pedicure (a $50 value), which incorporates a warm aromatherapy soak to exfoliate heels, legs, feet, and ingrown stilts, while one of Nails by Farrah's nimble-fingered nail designers gently kneads out muscle knots. Each digit basks in a personal spruce session as the technician clips cuticles, trims talons, and bathes gams in a hydrating mask before topping toenails in the color of your choice.
Charlotte Pugh, a licensed nail technician who works within the Hair Visalia salon, specializes in painting detailed images onto tiny finger and toe canvases, whether made of natural keratin or acrylic. Dazzling snowflakes, ghoulish monsters, and striking depictions of the Santa Maria adorn fingertips during holidays, and glitter, feathers, and shiny solid hues decorate digits year-round. Charlotte can apply chip-resistant layers of Gelish polish to fingers and toes for longer-lasting glam, or employ paraffin wax to soften dry skin lingering on the soles, knuckles, or hearts of curmudgeonly hall monitors.
Floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural light to filter in and bathe the hairstyling stations, nailcare desks, and boutique area, while wall decals and splashes of red accent the simple decor. Massage rooms are private and window-free, decked out in khaki and burgundy. Makeup artists add a dose of drama to faces, while permanent makeup stays put at underwater weddings. Facials soothe stressed pores, and electric-current treatments and infrared body wraps help sculpt leaner silhouettes.