During the summer of 1970, Moscow State University math student Mikhail Brodsky traveled to the Konda River in Western Siberia to log trees. While there, he visited his first banya?a public Russian bathhouse?and tried Siberian steam bathing. He became enamored of the practice, but didn't get to experience it again until visiting another Siberian town four years later. He soon started traveling throughout the world to study all the baths and hot springs he could find, earning the nickname Archimedes?for the ancient Greek mathematician?due to his habit of helping bathhouse staff members solve problems.
After moving to California, Mikhail decided to open his own bathhouse. Though design and construction took 12 years, he and a group of international friends finally opened Archimedes Banya SF, a coed public bathhouse that blends the aesthetics and traditions of Greek, Turkish, German, and Russian bathhouses with modern amenities. Spa staffers usher guests into steamy hardwood saunas and cold swimming pools on four themed floors, each decked out in warm cream-colored tiles or cool blue and silver accents. Deck chairs populate the rooftop patio, where visitors take in views of the bay and excise any remaining stress by screaming at boats. In private spa rooms, therapists knead guests' muscles during Russian platza massages and soak them in natural herb and mineral baths. The bathhouse is open until midnight while the bar and dining area stays open as late as 11:30 pm.
From their cozy hair haven in Noe Valley, the stylists of Lisa's Beauty Salon welcome men and women of all ages into a bright space warmed with natural light and rich yellow walls. As clients perch in cushioned salon chairs, the team updates manes with expertly shaped cuts and a spectrum of hues furnished by Goldwell. Using formaldehyde-free Keratin Complex products, they smooth the texture of clients' tresses for three to five months, ensuring curl-calming results more durable than singing coifs nightly lullabies.
In addition to its styling services, Lisa's Beauty Salon treats clients to an array of facials that use organic, paraben-free beauty products. An aesthetician analyzes skin prior to administering a classic european facial, an eye contouring treatment, or a resurfacing peeling session. Alternately, one-hour reflexology sessions are known for stimulating and balancing select nerves in the body while reducing stress.
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.
For 25 years, Ringolevio Salon?s stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists have been reviving appearances and recharging spirits inside a clean and modern studio space. While stylists combine their creativity and skill to craft haircuts that range from classic to cutting-edge, colorists design brilliant new hair hues using all-vegan Pureology products. Aestheticians combat blemishes, acne, and age spots with classic European facials, oxygen-therapy facials, and glycolic-acid treatments, and even offer teeth whitening to ensure newly even complexions aren't diminished by yellowed grins. As for the massage therapists, they pander to tight muscles and tense minds with a host of modalities that includes hot stone and reflexology and will gladly customize an aromatherapy treatment based on the client's favorite scents and number of noses.
The brigade of chiropractors, physical therapists, and acupuncturists at World of Health vanquishes spinal and musculoskeletal discomfort and educates patients in nutrition and other facets of wellness. Massage therapists custom-blend therapeutic-grade essential oils to obliterate tension within a multitude of modalities, from myofascial release to sports massage. As they prepare a course of treatment, dedicated doctors engage with each patient's health history and consider such factors as lifestyle, heredity, and tendency to pole-vault.
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.