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.
A day at the spa is designed to be relaxing, and yet the hassle of getting to the salon can be just the opposite. That’s why Judy Chen, the owner and aesthetician of Luminous Spa Studio, designed her services to be undertaken anywhere—whether at her welcoming salon or, thanks to her mobile service menu, at the place of her client’s choosing. Wherever clients decide, she flaunts her skincare skills with facials that use the power of enzymes and anti-aging ingredients to keep faces looking as fresh as the day their parents first removed their protective wrapping. She uses products from brands such as Jan Marini, Dermalogica, Clarisonic, and Perricone MD, and goes beyond the scope of the face to improve the health of the skin on the back and décolletage. Outside of skincare, she works to enhance her clients’ beauty with brow and lash treatments, using Xtreme Lashes to add drama to eyes or warm wax to sculpt brows or depilate faces.
A tranquil metropolitan sanctuary, Oasis Day Spa’s menu of body-wide services provides clients with a respite where relaxation meets skin renewal. Aestheticians treat epidermises with proven products, such as MD Formulation, to vivify corporeal kingdoms without harmful chemicals. Skin specialists sooth façades with facials employing Mother Nature's finest, including antioxidants, oxygen, and mermaid tears, and mow down rogue fringe with waxing services for brows, bikinis, backs, and more. Tension gives up its hold on muscles as massage practitioners usher in new realms of relaxation during Swedish, deep-tissue, and shiatsu massages, and nonsurgical, gentle power-peel treatments carry dead skin cells to more peaceful resting places to reveal younger looking skin.
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.
Licensed aesthetician and Bay Area–native Barbara Zaller didn’t always know massage therapy was her calling. After beginning her career as a dental assistant, then taking time off to raise her son, Barbara entered the professional fray once more. From her outpost at Butterfly Yoga, Barbara pampers clients with facials, customized peels, professional teeth whitening, massage therapy, and skin therapy. She swathes faces in luxe products from brands such as Dermalogica and DermaQuest, which she uses to treat acne, rosacea, and damaged skin. Her dexterous fingers ease stress from muscles during Swedish, shiatsu, deep-tissue, and sports massage. She performs specific body work on areas more annoying than a little sister’s obsession with megaphones and complimenting people's work ethics.
The treatment experts at Radiance personalize each of their skincare indulgences in a serene retreat. Cleanse and purify overstressed pores with your choice of soothing facials customized with anti-wrinkle additions, visage-loving vitamins, and glow-goading oxygen. A quick pick me up recharges your radiance in record time so that the time-crunched can get back to their dust cloud of fighting cartoon characters ($70). A just for men facial is specifically designed to clear the boyish barnacles off dudely dermises ($85), and the deep cleansing back facial heals back blemishes and anterior acne ($80). Those with more mature masks may opt for the microdermabrasion treatment, which uses pharmaceutical-grade diamond chips to gently sandblast away fine lines and blemishes and erase the signs of aging. Both opulent options include a complimentary paraffin hand wax treatment to soften skin and relax overly thumb-wrestled digits.
The staff at Bellagio Nails & Spa makes over hands and feet with 10 different types of mani-pedis. Though every treatment trims and shapes nails, the aestheticians also add therapeutic touches based on their clients' skin conditions and beauty goals. During the Bellagio signature mani-pedi, the staff scrubs with a creative sea-salt glow that's specifically designed for dry skin, and during their Citrus Paradise mani-pedi, appendages dip into a detoxifying fruit bath comprised of lemon, orange, and lime slices. During these services, clients lounge atop cushioned pedicure chairs and drop their feet into a handcrafted glass bowl as the trickling sounds of a fountain cultivate a relaxing ambiance. Staffers also wax off unwanted hair and leftover werewolf fur from head to toe.
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