Flourish figures that if doctors ask you to fill out questionnaires before they treat you, other people who influence your health should do so, too. That's why the studio's massage therapists—each of whom has hundreds of hours of training—do exactly that, using the information the client provides to determine an appropriate bodywork approach. And their toolbox is packed. Their signature and premium massages encompass Swedish, shiatsu, reflexology, and trigger-point modalities, among others.
Treatments take place in private rooms where soft music plays. They usually occur with the client covered only in fresh, clean sheets, but clients can wear as much clothing or as many pork chops as they need to feel comfortable.
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.
With an expansive menu of services, Eden Day Spa refreshes bodies from head to toe using the latest techniques and quality products. Countenance caretakers rinse away dermal imperfections with a variety of facials, including the personalized European facial ($85) and a gentlemen's facial ($105) that deep cleanses, soothes razor burn, and paints on a dapper moustache. Relieving tense tendons, various massages—such as a soothing hot-stone massage ($105 for 60 minutes)—help bodies and their owners relax and forget about the impending woodchuck uprising. Eden Day Spa also offers makeup applications, body scrubs and bronzing treatments, and hair-removal services. Those seeking greater frontal fortitude can invigorate faces with a Dermio Oxygen Therapy treatment and facial, which rejuvenates the visage, neck, and décolletage, helping to facilitate collagen production and providing an oxygenated breath of fresh air throughout the entire body. Inspired by the style of ancient Turkish bathhouses, Eden Day Spa gives guests a sensory sanctuary complete with Mediterranean art and social quarters for chatting up Ottoman artisans.
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.
An interest in computer systems brought Martin Canovas to California from his native country of Brazil in 2001, but it would be another complex system that would keep him here. Following his heart, Martin made the move from systems engineer to holistic healer, earning both a master's in traditional Chinese medicine and certification in orthopedic sports medicine. Today, the licensed acupuncturist and herbalist strives to treat people, not their symptoms, by determining root causes before recommending a treatment path that will spark the body's innate healing abilities and latent superpowers. Plans may include the insertion of sterile acupuncture needles to unblock bodily energy as well as herbal supplements to bolster healing. Martin also offers tui na, a blend of massage and acupressure, in his attempts to assuage maladies such as fatigue, gastrointestinal conditions, and allergies.
Just as wisterias bloom in the early spring, clients take on new shades of beauty after a trip to Wisteria Salon. Whether they’re sprucing up fingers with pumice stones, massages, or french tips, the salon’s nail technicians pay close attention to detail from the first file to the final stroke of polish. Even as clients free their minds from worry and relax in plush pedicure thrones, the technicians make a constant effort to adhere to strict health and sanitation standards. They use only nontoxic lacquers to promote nail health and dispose of all their tools after a single use. Aside from mani-pedis, Wisteria Salon offers waxing services to rid skin of unwanted hair without having to tie each individual strand to a rotating ceiling fan.
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