The Advanced Allergy Solutions team of technicians ease the itching, sniffling, and digestive troubles of allergy sufferers with noninvasive, holistic treatments. Eschewing painful scratch tests, needles, and daggers tipped with pollen, these practitioners use massage-like acupressure treatments on patients of all ages, from infants to the elderly. They treat ailments such as eczema, sinusitis, and bloating, but for safety's sake, will not address substances that have been diagnosed as causing an anaphylactic reaction.
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An oasis of relaxation and nice smells, Qua Foot Spa lets guests sip steaming chrysanthemum or lavender tea as they enjoy foot massages. Sea-salt baths and exfoliating scrubs soften heels and toes roughened from stepping on the rocks that your roommate leaves scattered around the hallway, and reflexology massages aim to restore energy flow through the body’s meridians to relieve tension.
The scents of eucalyptus, lavender, and sandalwood that linger in the air at The I Spa can be traced back to an essential-oil blending bar, where clients can customize their own relaxing fragrances. These fragrances eventually make their way into massages that cater to individual aches and pains with techniques drawn from 10 distinct modalities.
“Customization” seems to be the principle that unites and guides every treatment that takes place at The I Spa. This is evident not only in the massages, but in the skin analysis that precedes each facial, allowing the spa’s aestheticians to craft unique blends of products from Jan Marini and Eve Taylor.
Regardless of the treatment, it’s not difficult to relax amidst the spa’s tile walls, gauzy curtains, and tropical flowers. Each treatment room is equipped with a vacant iPod dock that allows clients to play their own self-recorded impersonations of Phil Collins cooing like a pigeon. After treatments, clients can enjoy access to the fitness center, salt-water lap pool, and outdoor terrace.
Katherine Lee and her five sisters—also all named Katherine, according to the San Francisco Chronicle—grew up in South Korea. There, public baths are common, giving people a place to scrub and soak and steam several times a week. After coming to the US, Katherine missed those baths—so she established her own.
Today Imperial Spas exist in several locations throughout the West, giving patrons access to the whole-body cleansing that Lee longed for. Exfoliating mitts, massage services, and separate men's and women's showers and jacuzzis purge anatomical exteriors of buildup to rejuvenate complexions and add a glow to bodies that are otherwise burdened with a matte finish. But the services don't stop at the surface. The 6,000-square-foot spa holds a red-clay sauna where infrared rays release oxygen and other nutrients into the air, penetrating the skin, boosting metabolism, and helping quell inflammation. As Chronicle writer Vanessa Hua put it, Imperial Spa is the place to be "if you want to be scrubbed and pounded for more than an hour and emerge relaxed with glowing, baby-soft skin."