What makes it great: practitioners who boast a minimum of five years of professional experience, sessions that include custom aromatherapy and hot cleansing towels, and a proprietary blend of organic oils and soothing herbs to leave skin revitalized.
Mixing beauty and business comes as naturally to Trang Warden as it does to any dealer of fine art. Her father was a man of great entrepreneurial spirit, and her mother was the owner of a San Francisco salon, giving Trang the seeds of two complementary passions. After earning her business degree and gaining a job at a Fortune 500 company, she still worked weekends at a spa with her sister, honing a talent she’d discovered with a part-time manicurist position at age 17. Today, she continues to blend commerce with cosmetic savvy—though now in one place: Zen Day Spa.
At the wheel of her beauty haven, Trang pampers hands, feet, and faces with an extensive treatment menu that relies on botanically sourced products from brands such as Epicuren, Murad, and Yonka-Paris. Tropical scents waft from mani-pedi stations, where toes soak in a signature jelly bath sprinkled with rose petals and nail technicians massage limbs with a papaya-pineapple scrub. Other body therapies incorporate volcanic clay and propolis mined from plants and flowers by bees wearing hardhats in Brazilian rainforests.
A graduate of the San Francisco School of Massage, Alex Falcioni has been using a deft touch to soothe the city since 2001. After strolling into the facility's relaxing confines, customers will be pampered with a 70-minute massage that uses a trio of stress-melting techniques. The long, soothing strokes of Swedish massage help improve blood flow; deep-tissue massage relieves chronic tension with focused, deep finger pressure; and passive yoga massage helps increase range of motion and flexibility. Relax while stashing away worldly worries like a box of VHS tapes with today’s soothing side deal to The Alexander Touch. Schedule an appointment online.
Most popular service: Deep-tissue massage
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: No
Out of your entire repertoire, which is your favorite service to perform and why?
Deep tissue and structural integration allow me to address the source of physical problems rather than just the symptoms.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a client?
A client found complete relief from pain and was able to walk upright again without a cane.
What steps do you take to make your clients feel at ease?
I communicate clearly about the issues they want to address.
Ashley Burnett will be the first to tell you that, although the path to wellness isn?t always an easy one, the destination is a place filled with love and self-acceptance. A lifelong lover of dance, Burnett?s active lifestyle was thwarted time and again by a crippling sugar addiction. By the time she reached college, the normally chipper young woman found herself dragged down by anxiety, depression, and overwhelming body issues. Upon realizing the source of her physical and psychological troubles, Burnett thought back to the organic diet espoused by the farmers markets back home. With that in mind, she vowed to make a change. Today, she teaches other women to do the same through her work at Strong Body Love. Ashley?s services range from detox plans and nutritional coaching to massage therapy and a unique Body Love Bootcamp, where she leads students in the worthwhile labor of learning to accept themselves.
Each member of Orchids Beauty Salon’s team stays abreast of the advancements and trends in their aesthetic specialties, ensuring clients receive the latest in pampering from head to toe. Stylists problem solve for each head of hair, restoring proteins and smoothing down strands with Keratin and Brazilian Brushing treatments, snipping overgrown cuts into shape, or remaking a client’s image with a fresh new style. The salon’s arsenal of aestheticians include Brazilian bikini specialists, who wage an all-out war on hair, invading bikini zone follicles with a deluge of warm wax before zipping the area clean with the precision of a German train schedule in as little as 15 to 30 minutes. Clients suffering aches and pains find solace in the salon’s eclectic selection of massage modalities that range from the smooth strokes of Swedish massage to the affectionate nuzzles from pet rocks found in hot stone therapy.