Before Bessy Lim had her first facial, her life was a succession of stressful, 12-hour shifts. Her first spa experience awakened a latent desire: she wanted to help others find the relaxation she had forgone for so long. With that, she left her stressful career, earned a number of spa certifications, traveled abroad to learn the various therapeutic techniques and ways to pronounce "microdermabrasion" of spas overseas, and finally opened Agua De Vida. There, a corps of certified and licensed massage therapists team up with the spa specialist to mend tense muscles with massage, swaddle bodies in wraps, purify pores with facials, and primp hands and feet with nail services.
The nail technicians at Nailz N' More clean and prettify fingers and toes with high-quality salon products. Talons and their cuticles embark on a 105-minute organic mani-pedi session with a thorough trimming and shaping. A soothing10-minute hand massage follows, along with an exfoliating scrub, an organic Tasha body-butter rubdown, and a snuggle session with toasty-warm towels or baguettes fresh from the oven. OPI or Essie polishes adorn the body's 20 tiny canvases, and hooves enjoy a 15-minute massage. Once at the salon, Groupon holders can upgrade at a discount to french polish for $8, paraffin treatment for $12, or CND no-chip gel fingernail polish for $28 or toenail polish for $33.
Despite its name, Happy Feet ? Massage, Nail & Skincare doesn?t just make feet happy; it makes the whole body grin from ear to ear. Mixing Chinese medicinal herbs with techniques including reflexology and acupressure, the massage center?s therapists help eliminate tension and remove impurities. The centers immerse clients in bright traditional Asian decor, with plush, white beds complemented by red oriental lanterns, red curtains, and decorative art of Confucius jumping for joy after working out a kink in his neck.
Salon du Mei's trained experts beautify clients between walls that support green-and-red rice-paper parasols and underneath ceilings that drip with sheer curtains. In addition to haircuts and color, stylists soften frizzy tendrils with treatments by Brazilian Blowout and Pravana. Inside private massage rooms, therapists release muscle tension and relieve anxiety by gently kneading sinews with soft teddy bears. The team can also wax unwanted fuzz, tint lashes and brows, apply purifying facials, and embellish faces with permanent makeup.
At Angel Baby Nail Parlor, nail technicians do more than just pamper and prettify nails?they keep them healthy, too. Their tools all spend time in an autoclave?a medical-grade sterilization device?and they keep their pedicure basins shiny with EPA-approved solutions that are also good for the environment. A dedication to quality products is also a big deal here, with Gelish polish that keeps nails looking just-manicured for up to three weeks, often causing clients to stop in just to say hi out of habit.
Cofounder Tina Mui-Wong boasts a passion for the beauty industry that spurred her to earn a cosmetology license before completing high school and establish a pair of spas that have thrived for more than 25 years. In a 2010 interview with Pasadena Magazine, Mui-Wong admits to being a "product freak," which is reflected in her role as developer of Amadeus's signature line, T.E.A. The staff and salon has appeared in the film Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde, graced television screens on ABC's Extreme Makeover, and exhibited their handiwork on the Rose Bowl queen and her court of chrysanthemum noblesse for two decades.
Amadeus takes pride in its custom massages, and re-trains every nail technician in-house to ensure updated mastery of the hand jive. Guests receive slippers, robes, and complimentary skin consultations upon request, and may pad down the scented hallways after their treatment to decompress in a eucalyptus steam room.