The experienced massage therapists at Shibui Gardens Outdoor Spa vanquish stress with a multitude of relaxing massage services augmented by steamy sauna and hot-tub sessions. Flower-lined brick walkways encased by thick foliage wind through the spa's insulated downtown San Anselmo expanse, which is dotted with wooden structures housing two private massage rooms and open-roofed hot tubs boasting clear views of clouds or flocks of soaring pterodactyls.
In 2003, Gary Wrona was injured in a severe motorcycle accident. Even after a year and a half of conventional medical treatment, he was unable to function normally without chronic pain and had only a limited range of motion. It was only after his doctors told him they had done all they could that he began to seek alternative healing, which helped him regain normal movement and a pain-free existence. Now a certified massage therapist and master of neuro-linguistic programming, he runs his practice with a holistic approach?one that doesn't simply focus on physical elements but, instead, analyzes the interactions of mind, body, and spirit like three philosophers in a cage match. Beneath the exposed wooden beams of a second-floor loft, he customizes massages with Swedish, deep-tissue, shiatsu, and cupping techniques, hoping to unlock the healing potential that he himself experienced.
When you walk into Eden Day Spa, you are immediately bathed in light from a crystal chandelier. Pure white walls reflect that light off an ornate mirror, teal mosaic reception desk, and delicate orchids, all of which are designed to create a serene mood. The spa extends this relaxing experience with a bevy of traditional and contemporary treatments including facials, massage, and skin care. During body glow treatments, a sunless tanner infuses the skin with antioxidants and botanicals, leaving it with a golden sheen, while Turkish body peels employ a loofah and imported liquid gommage to remove layers of dead skin. Calming facials give the skin an all-over burst of vitality, whereas semi-permeant lash extensions draw attention to your eyes, and a full range of massage modalities soothe the muscles with the help of herbs, therapeutic stretching, and reflexology.
After working for years alongside chiropractors, Yvonne Street considers herself an expert at relieving the chronic aches and pains that result from injuries and constant stress. The certified therapist specializes in five massage modalities?Swedish, shiatsu, deep-tissue, prenatal, and trigger-point therapy?and draws liberally on Eastern and Western techniques to craft bodywork treatments that suit her clients? individual needs. In 60- or 90-minute sessions, she combines long, gliding strokes, pinpointed kneads, and relaxing prods to leave bodies loose enough to help a genie move into its apartment.:m]]
Drawing on more than a decade of experience, derma guru Zoe Alexander performs a suite of skin-centric services, from waxing to organic facials. She custom blends masks to suit each client's skin type, deploying ingredients such as raw organic honey, green clay, and organic apple-cider vinegar to combat fine lines, blemishes, and all colors other than green. Lash and eyebrow tinting add drama to faces, and waxing services from head to toe de-fuzz physiques for up to six weeks.
The waxing aestheticians at Smooth Operations specialize in private grooming for private areas, preparing them to go public on summer's sandy runways. Unlike the wax used in your chess-club hazing, Smooth Operations employs anti-inflammatory Cirepil wax to provide as painless an experience as possible. The basic wax keeps certain sights modestly unseen during swimsuit-donning season. Opt for a decorative souvenir tuft or a landing strip fit for the Concorde from the French wax. The daring will emerge more aerodynamic than ever after a Brazilian wax, which levels all foliage down to the birthday suit. Depending on the size of the area, aestheticians may take 15 minutes to an hour to craft the bikini-area coif of your choosing, and sensitive areas stay as smooth as a well-oiled Slip 'n' Slide for up to four weeks.