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.
The nail experts at Lily European Pedi-Mani Salon refine and soften hands and feet while holding themselves to strict sanitary standards. During the 90-minute deluxe mani-pedi, patrons nosh on complimentary fresh fruit and hot tea as feet soak in a bacteria-free crystal pedicure bowl filled with fragrant rose petals and orange slices, treating them 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 shoulder rub before finger and toenails are buffed and filed and finished with a shiny coat of OPI polish. As nails get neatened, clients may 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.
As one of the first certified-green day spas on the peninsula, The Spa Studio keeps both its clients and the earth beautiful by reducing waste and conserving resources while carrying out a range of skincare, massage, and wellness services. During airbrush-tanning sessions, a solution infused with botanicals and antioxidants coats the skin and bronzes it over a 12-hour period, resulting in a glow that doesn’t require exposure to the sun’s harmful UV comets. The Organic Bliss facial rejuvenates skin with minerals and omega-9 nutrients, and permanent, nonlaser hair removal uses an enzyme called trypsin to prevent hair from growing back.
Shamrock Day Spa renders a range of spa services including massage, facials, and waxing. Professional massage therapists can conduct shiatsu, deep-tissue, and Swedish massages to work out muscle aches and pains. They can also elicit an overpowering wave of relaxation with a hot-stone treatment or an aromatherapy treatment designed to smell like hot stones. Their facials clear dirt from the skin with whitening, acne-fighting, or hydrating effects; waxing services strip hair from the arms, legs, and face with minimal discomfort.
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.