Jennifer Hallum is a free agent. Though the stylist works out of Bliss Salon & Spa, she is independently contracted. Her clients receive the spa treatment while Jennifer cuts their hair into new styles and adds highlights for dimension. She lends her talents to men’s hair as well, cutting off split ends and framing faces.
Licensed massage therapist Ty Guttenberger and his team offer a blend of restorative bodywork modalities. These range from classic Swedish and deep-tissue massages to less common lomilomi, Esalen, and craniosacral massages. During appointments, they help relieve clients' stress and dispense advice on living a more relaxed and healthy lifestyle.
The G Spa's staff, guided by Dr. Kathleen Griffin, thwarts the ravages of time with spa medicine tailored for women's needs. Practicing for more than 25 years, Dr. Griffin possesses comprehensive knowledge of the female form and all that ails it, from PMS and menopause to body-image issues caused by the unrealistic standards set by hourglasses. Nurse practitioner Dianne Sandel handles all laser treatments, women's annual exams, and engineering medical weight loss programs while medical aestheticians Jill, Monica, and Izabella complement Dr. Griffin's internal care with skin and body treatments. Among various services, the duo plumps earlobes with dermal fillers, diminishes veins with sclerotherapy, and tightens skin with laser facials. Life coach Petra Beumer rounds out the spa's offerings, rooting out the emotional and mental blockages that prevent women from losing weight or achieving their goals. The team?s combined services earned them a place as finalist for Best Medical Spa in the Santa Barbara Independent in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
David McVeigh grew up in Ireland where he competed in road races and worked as a sports therapist. While he enjoyed his work, David felt limited in his abilities to rehabilitate his athletes. He?d learned firsthand the positive effects of massage therapy at his job and decided to make the switch, enrolling in a two-year course to learn the ins and outs of massage and bodywork.
Today, David is joined by a team of practitioners who bring a wealth of diverse experience to the quaint two-room studio. Hari draws from years of experience practicing massage therapy in India, and Priya likewise honed her skills abroad, having travelled extensively around the world. Amanda and Guillermo's warm personalities and intense focus provide massage therapy sessions that are relaxing both physically and mentally. Together, the team offers Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, and prenatal massages, using heated pads and less-oily massage creams when applicable. Inside their serene and posh location, the team treats a variety of clients suffering from various body injuries such as chronic lower-back strain resulting from computer engineer work or inflamed muscles springing from strenuous exercises.
Touch's indulgent, body-pampering services are augmented by tranquil environs adorned with greenery and a calming fountain. During the Touch massage, a master muscle-manipulator soothes sore spots with vegan massage cream using long, flowing strokes. The one-hour treatment, infused with heavenly aromatherapy, can improve circulation and ease muscle tension, leaving bodies feeling looser than a yoga-practicing baby tooth.
At Inner Ecology, a series of 35- to 45-minute treatments is all it takes to potentially address a range of issues, including low energy, constipation, and skin impurities. Colon treatments send warm, filtered water into the colon to flush toxins from the lower digestive tract and encourage health.