At Premier Massage & Spa, Robert Miko gives the ancient practice of acupuncture a 21st-century update. Using the computerized AcuGraph 4, he assesses the status of each body's meridians before applying fine needles the old-fashioned way. When it comes to massage, however, Miko and his highly trained staff stick to the classic approach. Available for individual or couples sessions, Premier's massage therapists relieve achy muscles and knead away knots with mixtures of slow Swedish strokes and deep-tissue techniques. For a soothing finale, try Steamy Wonder, a layer of body mud or polish packed with detoxifying herbs.
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.
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.
Nestled inside Dolce Salon, licensed massage therapists Kaye Palomarez and Jesse Ramos enact a range of soothing services. Eschewing every child?s dream of becoming the first astronaut to play in the major leagues, Kaye instead focused her energies on massage therapy at an early age, devoting time to mastering various massage modalities such as Swedish, polarity, and reflexology. Kaye and Jesse?s dexterous digits also specialize in aromatherapy and shiatsu acupoints, services that can be combined to create custom massage experiences and party packages for special events such as bridal showers, bachelor parties, prison breaks, and vacations. Additionally, Kaye works to assuage more than just muscular tension by involving herself with community-oriented philanthropic organizations such as Empty Bowls and the Katherine Harvey Foundation.
Tamara Peace found her calling when she graduated from beauty school in 1978, which likely came as no surprise as the profession runs in the family?her grandmother and her great aunt both practiced cosmetology. Tamara went on to work in relaxed salons where she specialized in coiffing hair into beach-friendly styles and developed the ability to create natural-looking, sun-kissed highlights beloved by Southern Californians. Throughout the years, the makeup artist and hairstylist has showcased her skills not only at salons, but also on the photography sets, where she has readied actors and models for their close ups and powdered camera lenses that were too shiny.
Before unwinding with a massage, visitors to Santa Barbara Wine Spa have an important decision to make: red, white, or sparkling? Relaxing with a glass of wine is hardly uncommon, but at this aptly named oasis, local wine, local products, and expert pampering techniques swirl into decadent spa packages. Massages and calming hot-stone-throwing contests incorporate body butters by Santa Barbara's own Grapeseed Company, along with aromatherapy mists. Pair this with a choice of Santa Barbara wine, and all of your stressful thoughts will be banished away.