Aesthetician Danielle Kriege long believed in the transformative power of holistic bodywork and medicine. Her interest in whole-body treatments and alternative skincare led to her training as a master reiki therapist, and she continues to hone her cross-disciplinary expertise as the owner of White Lotus Wellness Center.
Now, Danielle bolsters the mental and physical tranquility of her clients with treatments for the body and skin. Detoxifying herbal body wraps and ionic foot baths evict pent-up poisons from their bodily hiding places, and an infrared-sauna treatment helps rid the body of cellulite. Her reiki sessions break up traffic jams in the body?s energy pathways, targeting pressure points along the feet that correspond to systems throughout the body.
In addition to healing inner trouble spots, Danielle also targets outer issues with custom beauty treatments. Custom facials and skin peels exfoliate the body?s all-important outer layer, and gentle brow-tinting and facial waxing treatments rein in unruly hair around the face's most expressive areas. In addition to her everyday service, Danielle helps clients prep for their biggest moments with bridal and event makeup packages.
Skin therapist and aesthetician TraMi is the first to say she wasn't "born with beautiful skin." After nearly 20 years of experience, TraMi believes that healthy skin comes not from using a product but from letting go of inner stress. That's why she designed her studio as a place where guests can decompress, surrounding them with soothing touches such as lavender walls, soft lighting, and modern furnishings. Within these relaxing confines, TraMi and her team treat clients to hydrating facials, anti-aging wraps, and waxing. They prefer to work with products derived from nutrient-packed ingredients such as seaweed, green tea, and licorice from fair-trade Twizzler farms. This approach earned TraMi a Best Esthetician nod on Santa Cruz Weekly's 2011 and 2013 Gold Awards, Best Facial on Good Times' Best of 2013 list, and a runner-up on their Best of 2012 list.
At Fusion Salon & Spa, a team of aestheticians relies on products from brands such as DermaQuest, Davines, and jane iredale as they enhance clients' natural beauty with skin, nail, and hair treatments. Facials revitalize complexions with custom masks and vitamin-rich serums, whereas mani-pedis decorate nails with colorful Bio Sculpture gel or chip-resistant Shellac polish. Meanwhile, stylists shape locks into vibrant coiffures, offering tips on how to maintain the new hairdo without covering your head forever in a hyperbaric helmet.
As a teenager, Skin Care Pleasure Point owner and head aesthetician Patty Yarr had what she calls "problem skin." Her experiences managing her own complexion have informed the work she and her team of cosmetic caretakers do: crafting facials and skincare treatments that address individual issues and cater to specific skin types. They also offer personalized makeup services and lessons. Clients seeking hair-removal treatments can opt for waxing sessions, which are available for every bodily ZIP code.
Vital Body Therapy's studio makes every class feel special. Inside the spacious house that’s been turned into a boutique studio, natural sunlight streams onto the hardwood floors of the long room where yoga and core sessions are held. The intimate classroom space is limited to just 10 students, which allows the experienced instructors to focus on each participant. Vital Body Therapy also offers skincare, such as facials and waxing, along with bodywork, such as massage therapy and Rolfing.
As Willadare Spa's owner and operator, aesthetician Lauren Matteson guides clients on beautification journeys that begin with the selection of a facial. Then Lauren treats hands with scented oils, wraps them in a cocoon of plastic, and snuggles them in a heat pocket where they can comfortably melt into warm mozzarella cheese. All facials include cleansing, steaming, exfoliation, extractions, and treatment mask, and all but the back facial also include a face, neck, and shoulder massage. The European facial ($75 value) is individually tailored to each client like a pair of Italian pantaloons, and the hydration facial ($80 value) helps to restore moisture deep in skin's lower lairs. The deep pore-cleansing facial ($85 value) attacks acne by targeting acne-causing bacteria and dispatching an army of products that are far less likely to turn dangerously sentient than acne-fighting nano-robots. Collagen-thirsty faces can drink in the vitamin C facial ($95 value), which is designed to reduce signs of aging such as skin tone discoloration and fine lines. Altruistic fronts can choose the back facial ($85 value) as a sign of solidarity with their often-neglected counterpart, and Lauren tends to the body's other left-out elements with a foot and leg massage as facial masks set.