Skin Treatment & Acne Center's owner and lead aesthetician, Jenny Hodgins, enhances skin’s luster with a medley of facial and waxing services. The spa's earthy aromas and accouterments ease clients’ minds as aromatic oils soothe noses and relax the senses. Whether providing clinical-grade care or catering to more casual indulgences, aestheticians assist guests in selecting suitable oils and masks for their skin.
After spending years watching her sister and father deal with the effects of scoliosis, Shannon Lynn Brown found herself interested in helping others with similar health issues. That’s the reason she attended The New School for Massage in Chicago and became a certified massage therapist and a member of ABMP. Shannon now treats chronic and acute muscle pain inside Breathe, a yoga studio with red roof tiles, a high wooden ceiling, and wall niches inhabited by Buddha statues.
Shannon uses her intuition—as well as her knowledge of anatomy—to minimize the pain caused by scars and to the ease the aches associated with pregnancy and breastfeeding. Her experience as a swimmer and yoga practitioner informs her sports-therapy massage and enables her to skillfully apply kinesio tape, which can improve circulation, manage swelling, and make duct tape seem so inferior you might give a roll of it to a subordinate to express your dislike of their work. In addition to nurturing her clients back to health, Shannon has taught students at her alma mater and at Five Branches in California.
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Women's haircut
Brands Used: Morrocanoil, ColorProof
The inside of The Loft may look a little different each time you visit. That's because the hair styling studio doubles as a rotating art gallery, swapping in new paintings every month to highlight new local artists. Of course, abstract paintings aren't the only masterpieces seen leaving the building—the talented stylists here stay busy administering everything from frizz-taming keratin treatments to delicate up-dos that could be considered works of art in their own right. To help them in their quest, the stylists call upon products from recognizable brands—including Moroccan Oil and Mirabella—and also offer organic options for clients with combs that are trying to eat healthier. Meanwhile, within private treatment rooms, facials, waxing treatments, and massages help clients to feel as good as they look.
There's more than one way to adjust a back at Sawyer Chiropractic Group. In fact, some of Dr. Scott Sawyer's spinal-adjustment methods are so gentle that patients may hardly feel them at all. Since 1997, Dr. Sawyer has been the director of the Wellness Center offering fast solutions for chronic pain. Dr. Sawyer's study of multiple techniques at the prestigious Palmer College of Chiropractic inform all of his treatment plans, which fall into two categories: relief and wellness care. The former seeks to correct the underlying causes of health problems, and the latter promotes injury prevention and helps patients achieve greater levels of health. To reach these goals, Dr. Sawyer calls on a team of specialists—including a massage therapist and nutritionist—to customize treatment plans to each patient's specific injuries and double-jointed vestigial tails. His team of specialists also assist with soft-tissue body work and gentle chiropractic care.
Just blocks away from the Pacific Ocean lies a fountain of youth, or so patrons of Tonic Salon & Spa III would have you believe. Within the salon and spa’s warm, beige-colored walls, the staff employ products made with organic ingredients from Budapest during spa treatments that purify pores and leave skin looking better than the day it arrived in the mail. In addition to facials, beauticians also perform waxing, sunless tanning, and five varieties of massage services.
The salon staff also wields scissors and hair products to untangle and shape locks into popular styles. Partial and full coloring services touch up seasonal looks or spy disguises by adding highlights and new pigments to layers of hair, and conditioning treatments harness the power of tea tree and Moroccanoil products to strengthen hair.
Serene Skin & Body opened more than 20 years ago, and is now the largest full-service day spa in Santa Cruz. For the body, a scrub made of organic sugar and the client's choice of essential oils both hydrates and exfoliates. And during mani-pedis, the Eco-fin treatment acts as an all-natural add-on, a petroleum-free alternative to paraffin that moisturizes with equal power. The spa boast products from Jan Marini and Jane Iredale, as well as a full line of organic skin-care offerings. Serene Skin & Body is a full service day spa with eight treatment rooms and offers a variety of services ranging from facials, massage, waxing, airbrush tanning, bridal services, and spa parties.