All the team members at Mi Salon have a fervor for hair and nails. For some of them, that passion dates back to their youth. As a child, Martin helped style his sisters' strands and painted their nails with French tips, whereas young Ursula spent her play time coifing manes. Years later, the two work alongside other beauty experts at Mi Salon. Although the salon's space is small, its list of services is not—clients can be pampered with facials, microdermabrasion treatments, haircuts, mani-pedis, and makeup applications.
Before unwinding with a massage, visitors to Santa Barbara Wine Spa have an important decision to make: red, white, or sparkling? Relaxing with a glass of wine is hardly uncommon, but at this aptly named oasis, local wine, local products, and expert pampering techniques swirl into decadent spa packages. Massages and calming hot-stone-throwing contests incorporate body butters by Santa Barbara's own Grapeseed Company, along with aromatherapy mists. Pair this with a choice of Santa Barbara wine, and all of your stressful thoughts will be banished away.
Body therapist Charles Tinley believes that up to 87% of all pain originates in the soft tissue. That's why he's dedicated his life to massaging and manipulating everything that sandwiched between the skin and bones. Aside from his massage modalities, such as trigger-point therapy and deep-tissue, he also extols the virtues of stretching. During fascial-stretch-therapy sessions, he breaks up internal scar tissue and boosts clients' range of motion with a series of controlled and assisted stretches.
With a keen eye and a quick hand, Wendy Halleck smoothes nearly any area of the body with professional waxing treatments. She sculpts eyebrows and banishes fuzz from upper lips, and gives her clients respite from razor burn on the underarms, legs, and bikini zones. Waxing provides longer-lasting results than shaving, allowing customers to bare their legs, lounge by the pool, or race around the velodrome for weeks on end.
At Zen Massage Place, the massage therapists erase stress with soothing massage treatments. Herbs, sea salt, or flowers enhance foot soaks before foot reflexology treatments; likewise, thai hot herbal balls or hot stones are employed during full-body massages. Other options include deep-tissue, Shiatsu, or Swedish massage techniques, as well as relaxing treatments that include a rain shower and body scrub for soft skin.
Carie Baker enhances natural beauty with facials, peels, and waxing services at Lotus Skin Care and Well Being. Lash and brow tinting add emphasis to the eyes, and makeup artistry skillfully hides blemishes while drawing attention to strong facial features. Before or after services, clients can unwind on an enclosed patio by breathing in fresh air or by paying birds to sing their favorite song.