Within a 17th-floor penthouse, Spa J'Adore's wide windows allow rays of sunlight to illuminate Buddha photos, exposed-brick walls, and brilliant orchids. Their décor, a combination of urban chic and zen sensibilities, reflects the massage practice's dual focus on Western and Eastern traditions. To that end, massage therapists are equally adept at deep-tissue and Swedish treatments as modalities from Thailand and Japan. The staff also paints on tans with brushes instead of sprays during body-bronzing sessions, which create a smoother, more natural appearance. After their treatments, clients can lounge on the spa's balcony, sipping herbal tea from heavy clay cups and relaying semaphore messages to hikers on distant mountains.
Cocoon Urban Day Spa’s beauty technicians understand that a good waxing treatment has two things going for it: precision and speed. That’s why their Brazilian waxes typically take only 15 minutes while only leaving behind custom shapes and designs. When they aren’t sculpting fuzz into triangles or iconic skylines, the team airbrushes skin with natural tanning solutions that result in an even glow. Led by founder Sarah Redmond, the team performs their personalized treatments in an their spa designed to make any urban chaos feel far away.
At Rosewater Skin Care, a team of skincare experts and massage therapists share a common dedication to helping clients relax and look their best. Aestheticians apply cruelty-free Dermalogica products to faces during cleansing steam extractions and exfoliating peels, giving clients a youthful glow without asking them to don a beard of fireflies. The scent of aromatherapy oils fills the air inside the sunny spa, where gauzy white curtains and birthday-cake-blue pastels provide a backdrop for gentle massages and efficient waxing.
Tucked away beneath the carved wooden eaves of a Victorian-style house, San Francisco Face and Body aims to provide a haven from everyday worries and cares. The friendly staff concentrates laser-like focus on customer service, customizing aromatherapy scents, massage techniques, and mask ingredients to each client’s skincare needs. Aestheticians smooth hirsute areas with numbing natural analgesics and imported French waxes designed to grip hair, not skin, easing the pain of separation without the need for regular Skype dates with estranged former moustaches.
Certified therapists Hernan Goldstein and Siannan Gall named their joint practice Dryad after the mythological spirits of oak trees, which are also symbols of healing and longevity in many cultures. Hernan graduated from the National Holistic Institute, where he studied Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, and shiatsu massage. He also pursued advanced training in pregnancy and prenatal bodywork and myofascial therapy. Before joining forces with Siannan, he worked in spas and with chiropractors and cared for his own clients. In keeping with his American Massage Therapy Association membership, Hernan aims to foster both physical healing and self-awareness.
Raised by a family of dancers, massage therapists, and medical professionals, Siannan was primed early on for a healing career path. She graduated from the Institute of Conscious BodyWork, where she studied deep-tissue, sports, and prenatal massage and myofascial release. Despite being finished with school, she continues to study the human body through anatomy and physiology courses while adding new massage techniques to her repertoire. Siannan also never relinquished her love of dancing, which she fuels by performing, competing, and doing jigs on street corners whenever someone says the word "pancake."