Zack Philpot would be the first to tell you that he does not in fact possess any magical powers. However, as a facilitator of healing, Philpot works on a muscular, cellular, and spiritual level to help clients tap into to the healing powers of their own mind and body. The state-certified massage therapist helms Kinetic Synergy, where he aids patients with an array of alternative massage therapies and personal training. Philpot backs each session with decades of martial-arts and fitness-industry experience that lend him an increased understanding of the human body. Under his able hands, clients can receive the benefits of acupressure, a 5,000-year-old practice in which fingers press key points on the body to stimulate healing, or chi kung, which is aimed at alleviating hypertension, diabetes, and depression. Philpot also dishes out helpings of reflexology, craniosacral balancing, and vibrational healing massage—an amalgamation of multiple healing modalities and a large subwoofer.
Ninel Brodsky-Ladizhensky, a California board-certified aesthetician, draws upon 15 years as a cosmetologist and permanent-makeup artist to execute long-lasting cosmetic services. Known as Nelly to friends and clients, her extensive credentials include more than 350 hours of advanced permanent-makeup instruction as well as continuing education. She wields this expertise to intensify natural beauty and diminish the appearance of blemishes and scars through permanent eyebrow, eyeliner, and lip-liner treatments. Nelly applies hypoallergenic, iron-oxide-free, MRI-safe, and FDA-approved pigments to skin while matching colors to skin tone, features, and third-eye color.
In Nelly’s sterile and spotless spa, she follows OSHA standards and regulations, performing skincare treatments such as a pumpkin peels and back facials alongside waxing services that utilize Cirepil products.
Inside Euro Nail Spa, touches of antiquity—Doric columns, a tiered fountain, and hanging European scenes—blend with the modern mainstays of television and WiFi. The pedicure chairs are sleek and contemporary, yet guests submerge their feet in a separate bowl of water and flowers in a way that evokes an ancient royal pampering. Steam and hot towels coax pores into relaxation during skincare services, many of which pair a traditional cleansing facial with an aromatic mask—such as strawberry, mint, or green tea—and a shoulder massage. Additional massages sap tension from the feet and scalp with focused kneads. At the hairstyling stations, modernity reemerges in the form of abstract art and simple black furniture. The staff trims, colors, and texturizes strands as clients sip on one of the spa's complimentary beverages: coffee, tea, or soda.
Rêve SpaSalon, an Aveda spa, is defined not only by its natural and sustainable products, but also by the conviction and vision of owner Mostafa Karim. Under his leadership, the spa has blossomed into what Karim describes as the largest Aveda spa into northern California. The reason for this expansion isn't rooted in mere business savvy or walls made with stacks of Stretch Armstrongs. Karim has partnered with Aveda for 25 years because of their mission to give back to the community, the example they set for environmental leadership, and the relaxing benefits unique to Aveda services.
Clients can sip complimentary tea or browse the spa's expansive Aveda products boutique as they wait for their services. Each treatment is preceded both by a questionnaire and consultation with the aesthetician to customize treatments to individual needs and desires.
Hair removal can be a painful process—skin is left raw from harsh waxes and brows can be left almost bare after over-plucking. But at Paris Studio, clients can rest assured that a perfect arch won't come at the expense of their skin. An ancient Eastern depilation technique, threading offers tight control over target areas, eschews the use of chemicals, and won't stretch or peel the skin the way waxing does. Using a pure cotton string, the technicians loop around numerous hairs at once to quickly sweep unwanted strands before they have a chance to cry out and warn the others. Besides streamlining bulky brows, the technique can also be used to smooth larger areas including the upper lips, sideburns, and hairline.
Fresh off the heels of its one year anniversary, Water Lounge Spa pampers and soothes customers with massages, facials, and skincare services administered by a staff of certified massage therapists and aestheticians. Aches and pains recede as experienced hands administer neuromuscular therapy or massages accented with hot stones, focused on deep-seated knots, or tailored especially for expectant mothers. Relaxation deepens as clients soak in one of six private hot tub rooms with steam, which soothes skin and lungs while fogging up overworked eyeballs to give them a break. Aestheticians also tend to hair during waxing, tweezing, threading, and tinting appointments.