Taking its French translation of "private spa" seriously, Spa Prive performs many of its treatments in private rooms cut off from the waiting area's more social arrangement of silk-like chairs and floral paintings. Muted lighting accompanies clients throughout the spa as they indulge in aesthetic and relaxation services that employ the power of Repêchage, PCA Skin, and Bioelements products. Licensed aestheticians treat acne with specialized facials, administer PCA peels on faces and backs, and landscape bodily forests with waxing services. Fingers and toes lose their troublesome hangnails and back-talking cuticles at the skilled hands of nail technicians, and Swedish, deep-tissue, and pregnancy massage release tensions from the body and into the wild.
Much of our anxiety stems from the brain, so perhaps it makes sense that its antithesis, relaxation, would begin at the body's other end. The staff of SunShine Foot Massage takes countermeasures against stress by masterfully kneading their clients' soles. They draw their techniques from reflexology principles, which identify pressure points on the foot that correspond to different areas on the physique. Though staff members don't claim that their treatments are medically curative, they stand by the treatments’ calming capabilities—their foot massages can encourage serenity in the face of both mental tension and the common cold.
As its services tame knotted muscles, the venue's surroundings contribute to further tranquility. Depending on the location, patrons might enter through a door of black polished bamboo before reclining in a plush chair, partitioned from others by bamboo dividers. They can complement their massage with a foot soak in a milk-bath mixture, submerging their heels for as long as they'd like, or until they are suddenly stuck in a block of cheese. Private rooms are also available for massages with full-body coverage.
When stylists Nona and Niloo decided to join forces, they also joined names. They added a V and founded Novilo, a salon and spa staffed by a skilled team of stylists, manicurists, and aestheticians. That team includes the likes of Deanne and her 16 years of experience. Surrounded by gilded mirrors and classical romantic paintings, they expertly shape coiffures, perform detailed facials, and brighten nails with polishes or firefly implants. An arsenal of high-quality products help the team perform microdermabrasions and oxygen treatments, as well as meet clients' more specialized needs.
Pure Wellness Center's chiropractor, Dr. David Chang, works in tandem with his patients to develop profiles of their spinal health that will serve as the pivot point for holistic wellness. Each patient's narrative gives shape to their treatment, which can include preventative-care regimes geared toward correcting problematic habits or care for recovery from serious traumas, such as car accidents. Therapies range from careful manual or electrical manipulation of vertebrae and muscles to exercises that strengthen the whole musculoskeletal system. The office resembles a Mondrian painting, with panels of red and yellow cloth, geometric black massage tables, and crowds of gallery docents cautioning visitors not to exhale too forcefully on the crisp white walls.
Nestled within the bustling facility of Santa Clarita Athletic Club, SCA Club Tan puts the finishing touches on newly chiseled bodies with a full arsenal of tanning equipment. Visitors can bask in the quick results of Ergoline high-pressure beds or the precision of Sundash stand-up booths, choosing one of three tanning levels depending on their current skin tone. Alternately, customers can opt for a UV-free experience in a Magic Tan spray booth, which tints skin with a sun-kissed glow that lasts for up to a week. After tanning sessions, a selection of lotions from Cal Tan, Australian Gold, and Designer Skin keep tans vibrant and hydrated.
Victoria Purvis, licensed aesthetician and owner of Skin by Victoria, gets to know her clients with a thorough Q-and-A session so that she can draft custom skincare plans. While pampering pores with facials, microdermabrasion, and intense-pulsed-light therapy, she also educates those on the treatment table so that they can continue good beauty habits at home. She uses dr. adam, PARIS products and the line can be purchased at Skin by Victoria and shipped to customers' homes. Her makeup applications and lessons help gussy up already-beaming complexions, and NuYu teeth-whitening sessions leave clients’ smiles up to 14 shades brighter—unlike the smiles of baseball players when a barn’s broadside hits back.
Massage therapist John Rowinski abides by the Goldilocks method: If one massage is too gentle and another too firm, then the one in between should be just right. This approach led him to create the "deep Swedish" modality, a middle ground between the flowing kneads of a standard Swedish massage and the highly focused pressure of deep-tissue work. His clients are far from limited to these three options, however. Each of John's massages is a custom and distinct experience, and he channels more than 20 years of practice—conducted at spas, medical centers, and athletic venues—to inform his services.
His pampering menu also highlights hot-stone massages, which coax tension from muscles by warming them with ocean basalt stones. His prenatal massages allow expectant mothers to recline on their sides, propped against a specialized body pillow that optimizes comfort. Though it is not classified as a massage, his lymphatic-drainage therapy does involve manual manipulation and aims to enhance the natural flow of lymph fluid throughout the body for increased well-being and relaxing "whoosh" sounds. John administers these services at his own venue or on location, traveling to patrons' homes or offices for an additional fee.