Though Rita Simonian has a background in cell biology, she isn’t a scientist. Simonian is an aesthetician, and she employs her unique insight while treating clients beneath the canopied ceiling at Onivo Esthetics. Her specialty is customized skincare, with services ranging from tailored facials to LED-light lifts. Complexions affected by dehydration, rosacea, or acne can be rebalanced with the help of her expertly applied pure active ingredients and essential oils. Some of Simonian’s signature facials pamper guests with luxurious ingredients such as 24-karat gold, caviar, and microscopic private jets.
At Sukhothai Wellness Center, licensed massage therapists perform a variety of massages ranging from traditional Thai massage to Swedish, deep tissue, and prenatal modalities. Their services include the Sukhothai Signature massage, which fuses Thai and Shiatsu techniques with the soothing strokes of Swedish massage, and reflexology sessions, which utilize pressure points on the feet to treat organs and muscles located in other parts of the body. Providing a quiet, soothing retreat for clients is part of the center's mission, as is helping clients integrate massage into their regular routine, so that it feels as natural as breathing, blinking, or talking to the TV.
At recently opened Rock Paper Scissors, owner and head stylist Kelsey Gallegos exercises artistic license over coifs, backed by extra training in Bumble and bumble, Redken, and AG hair products, to name a few. Her team of stylists boasts similar expertise in myriad specialties, allowing clients to pair up with an authority fitted to their needs. Beautifiers bend serums from AG, DermOrganic, and It's a 10 to their will as they shear and highlight tresses or sculpt one of their signature updos for wedding days or anniversaries with probation officers.
The salon's decor mirrors the creative whimsy with which staffers approach hair. Walls alternate between vibrant-yellow and deep-purple hues, complimented by a tree in bloom splashed across several paintings. Colorful abstract artwork emblazons other walls, one hung with a black-and-white photo of the vintage salon experience, which historically included black-and-white hairdos.
Regina Lyubarsky infuses each of her skin treatments with a little bit of Europe. The salon owner completed a portion of her training across the pond and has come to rely on Hungarian products—Éminence Organic and ilike in particular—to perform her custom treatments. These brands incorporate a comparatively large amount of fruit and plant extracts, which derive further nutrients from the unique composition of Hungary's soil. Channeling their therapeutic properties, Regina formulates facials for teens, women, and men, many of which target specific ailments, such as acne and sensitive skin. She also clears away unwanted hair with electrolysis treatments and waxing services.
Informed by fitness-heavy interests, including competitive bicycling, jogging, and research in sports injury and recovery, the licensed massage therapists at On Balance Massage and Bodywork draw upon their massage training to relieve injury and pain. They treat clients ranging from athletes to chronic-pain sufferers with massage modalities such as myofascial release, which targets pain with gentle, sustained pressure on the connective tissues. They also practice deep-tissue massage, which involves the sublayer manipulation of muscles to reduce inflammation-related pain and locate embedded spinach cans. For bodies tense from work or minds reeling from stress, therapists pore over musculatures with relaxing Swedish, hot-stone, and reiki techniques.
Essential Skin Therapy’s nutmeg-colored spa separates clients from the tensions of everyday life, providing a peaceful, quiet sanctuary for rejuvenation. Skincare specialists tend to aesthetic needs using products by Eminence Organic Skin Care, Glo, Obagi, and SkinCeuticals, nourishing and hydrating skin until it achieves the youthful glow of a newborn Lite-Brite. A free consultation precedes each facial, microdermabrasion, or massage, and allows technicians to customize products and techniques according to each patron's needs. The relaxing San Carlos day spa also tends to energy issues with chakra-aligning crystal treatments and positive reinforcement from golden retrievers.