The board-certified and licensed massage therapists at Elements Therapeutic Massage address health and stress-related conditions with gliding strokes and concentrated kneads. Their deft hands apply pressure to areas of discomfort to maximize joint flexibility and encourage the release of the body’s natural supply of painkillers, which include serotonin, endorphins, and stevia. Elements' staff makes a point of listening to each customer's wellness goals and expected outcomes, and customizes each massage session with a specific combination of techniques. Massage can also assuage depression, speed healing from injuries, bolster sleep quality, improve circulation, lower blood pressure, and strengthen the immune system.
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.
Le Juin Day Spa & Clinic, appropriately named for the month that epitomizes summer, keeps skin radiant and clients as relaxed as if they had just spent a sunny day on the beach. Facials nourish skin and help roll back the signs of aging, such as wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, to reveal youthful glows that would make even the Gerber Baby jealous. Salt scrubs and mud wraps similarly rejuvenate skin beneath the neck, and waxing gets rid of unwanted hair, wherever it dwells. Massage therapists sap away stresses with the gentle kneading of hot-stone and aromatherapy massages, leaving guests refreshed as they head back into the world.
During the laser hair-removal treatments, LuminaSkin's trained technicians blast follicle hedgehogs burrowing along hirsute human prairies with the LightSheer laser system. Each treatment package zaps hair across the body and requires two sessions; the women’s package deforests fuzzy quadrants from toes to upper lip and the men's package takes aim at stubborn upper torso tufts and escaped topiaries hiding on backs. The low-energy light beam blasts through the epidermis and down to the follicle’s root, helping to disrupt and diminish each strand’s growth cycle. The ChillTip of the LightSheer's wand works in tandem with numbing cream to help bone blankets stay cool, comfortable, and collected throughout the heating process. Depending on the hairs' density and ability to dodge lasers like gym-class kickballs, five to eight treatments maybe needed for optimal results.
The nail experts at Lily European Pedi-Mani Salon refine and soften hands and feet while holding themselves to strict sanitary standards. The 90-minute deluxe mani-pedi kicks off as feet soak in a bacteria-free crystal pedicure bowl filled with fragrant rose petals and orange slices, treating toes to the sort of pampering known only to the world's most elegant punch servers. Nail techs then exfoliate feet and invigorate lower legs with a soothing massage before daubing epidermal canvases with a moisturizing mask and a coat of warm, skin-softening paraffin wax. For 10 calming minutes, staff coaxes tension from weary muscles with a soothing foot rub before finger and toenails are buffed, filed, and finished with a shiny coat of OPI polish. As nails get neatened, clients breathe fresh, clean air while wearing a provided fume guard over their nose and mouth or filter out television infomercials by taking it home and wearing it over their ear.
Customers getting their hair done for a special occasion may want someone who can work well under pressure, but when they’re coming in for a simple trim, they also want someone who will spend the time to expertly cut and color their hair. Classic Touch Salon’s head stylist, Dayna Santana, knows how to balance these two extremes, having speedily perfected the looks of the 49ers Gold Rush cheerleaders for four seasons, while also having spent 10 years educating other stylists in the nuances of L’Oreal Professional hair products and techniques. Her team of stylists offers highlights that show off a new cut’s dimensions and retexturizing treatments that repair hair damage stemming from ziplining down electrical wires.
Besides hair treatments, the staff offers spa treatments that blend relaxation with beautification. Massage therapists incorporate the muscle-healing techniques of the West with the holistic techniques of reflexology to fix both body and chakras, and aestheticians clear complexions with skin-refining masks and extractions. Instead of always arriving to invent while seated on a champion racehorse, clients can achieve a groomed appearance obtaining one of the salon’s mani-pedi or waxing treatments.
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.