Inside Monarcas Beauty Salon, Martha Muñoz bolsters natural beauty with haircare services. She may add vibrancy and dimension to tresses with color or highlights, style hair with a trendy new cut, or transform appearances with classic updo twists and wavy curls for weddings, school dances, or when clients want to look their best while buying shampoo at the drugstore.
Soft pink back-lit walls and classical music set the scene for relaxation in B2000 Spa’s massage rooms. The full-body, foot, and back massages are the marquee draw here: the staff of trained massage therapists perform soothing and therapeutic treatments that instill feelings of tranquility and well-being. But the sauna room and facial room shouldn’t be overlooked—feel free to come in to relax, rejuvenate, and see how the acoustics compare to your bathroom at home. The spa also features showers and changing rooms for men and women.
At Taki's Salon and Spa, a team of eight designer and master stylists, two manicurists, and one massage therapist relaxes and beautifies bodies with a variety of services. The hair artists accentuate coifs with full or partial coloring, permanent waves, and thermal straightening, whereas the nail experts soften skin with exfoliating rose-scented or chocolate-mint-truffle scrubs. The list of targeted therapeutic massages includes the signature Shellatsu, in which the therapist uses lava seashells to knead away stress from pressure points, loosen muscles, and plug up the body’s naturally occurring volcanoes.
Thomas Bowen created his muscle healing method in Australia in the 1950s, when providing support for soccer players with muscle aches. He found that with a rolling motion of the thumbs and fingers—and incorporating downtime midsession for the body to absorb the changes—he could quickly assuage muscle pain and tension in his clients. He continued to develop his deep relaxation and healing method over the years, and now his technique is taught in more than 25 countries. At Bowenwork Sacramento, practitioners continue in his tradition, helping their clients feel relief from pain without the use of oils or heavy pressure on the muscles. Clients also remain clothed during the procedure, allowing them to wear the loose-fitting clothing of their choice, from pajamas to cotton three-piece suits.
The supplements lining the shelves of Fivestar Nutrition & Tanning can be potent, but the store’s certified staff knows that none of them is a magic pill. That’s why they meet with all first-time customers to build a custom strength-building or weight-loss plan that includes not only supplement recommendations but also meal-planning and workout guidance. The shop’s onsite tanning salon highlights developing musculature and speeds up the body’s photosynthesis.
Married to Massage's home page references a quote from Dr. Seuss: "When you are in love, you can't fall asleep because reality is better than your dreams." The same could be said for experiencing a massage from one of the studio's licensed therapists. Muscle-melting sessions are always tailored to the individual, with techniques ranging from relaxation-inducing Swedish strokes to more focused deep-tissue pressure. Guests may also ramp up the pampering with hot stones and therapeutic-grade essential oils.