What makes it great: peel bar specializing in anti-aging services such as melanin lifts; a mud-and-scrub bar to help create silky complexions; premium products from Èminence and Biologique Recherche, and all-inclusive packages designed to hydrate the skin or get clients red-carpet ready
When they first cut the ribbon on Milvali Salon & Cosmetics' namesake location in Mill Valley, beauty experts and best friends Jessika Adams de Vazquez and Deb Monti couldn't have guessed where their partnership would lead. In the nearly 10 years since, the dynamic duo has opened a second location in San Francisco and guided the salons through three expansions. The pair also filled both locations’ shelves with their own signature line of mineral- and botanical-based skincare products, which their experienced team of aestheticians incorporates into a variety of custom facials.
But skincare isn't the only thing that Milvali is renowned for. The salon was voted the best place to go for hair extensions on the 2012 Bay Area A-List and was a finalist in the Best Bikini Wax category. To earn this regard, the beauty gurus specialize in Brazilian bikini waxes, using imported wax from Italy that is delicate enough to use on sensitive skin or between the Mona Lisa’s eyebrows.
At Zazen, students relax their bodies and focus their minds during sessions of Zen Buddhist seated meditation, the soothing practice for which the center is named. But both Zazen locations work to cultivate calm with other services as well. Sensory-deprivation tanks block out distracting external stimuli as guests float in 10 inches of warm saltwater, a practice many say helps them grow their awareness of the present moment. Massage sessions focus on freeing the body from tension, so it can be experienced as spaciousness rather than constraint. Yoga classes also help guests become mindful, filling hearts and limbs with enough calm energy to quiet a bawling infant with a single, whispered "shhh."
Junk King’s red trucks travel to houses around the country to clear homes of clutter while maintaining environmentally safe practices. Friendly haulers give customers a call when they're en route, then cart away anything except hazardous materials, including garden clippings, outmoded furnishings, and cursed Cadillac trunks. The refuse rangers sort through everything they take away, donating what they can to charity, recycling what they can’t, and even sweeping up when the job is done. So far, Junk King has saved 908 tons from entering landfills by striving to recycle more than 60% of what they collect. All appointments are scheduled within two-hour time frames, often with same- or next-day service.
Led by the muscle-building prowess of certified personal trainers, Perfect Fit Personal Training's classes guide athletic hopefuls in group and private training sessions. Coaches consult with their clients and evaluate their performance as they train, providing nutritional advice and occasional power-ups or extra lives as needed. Each workout is customized to the trainee so that participants undergo their optimal regimen of weight bearing, cardiovascular, and flexibility exercises, as well as specialty sessions such as semi-private yoga, Pilates, and outdoor adventure training. Instructors work their muscle-toning magic in a modern gym space boasting hardwood floors and gleaming new equipment.
Nurturing Spa for Wellness is an oasis for human healing, where spiritual remedy comes through the energy of sound. An intimate sense of tranquility is achieved through welcoming furniture and walls painted the quiet color of a hushed mossy green that engulfs each patient's mental atmosphere before restorative sonic treatment begins. You'll be placed with a small group of no more than 20 people (average of around 10 to 12) as you all let yourself relax to the tones of tranquility. Singing-Bowl Therapy delivers the unspoiled melodies of seven pure-crystal singing bowls that resonate at various pitches to fill the mind and flow through the body's inner networks. Each bowl is designed to stimulate one of the seven chakras. Beautiful frequencies restore order to the chakras and the result is a deeply focused center and a clearer state of mind.