Multiple levels of tanning beds gradually bronze skins inside private rooms at Tanners Cove. Tanning accelerators available at reception can hasten the arrival of sun-kissed hues, and Magic Tan spray-tan booths spritz on golden color without exposure to UV light or glares from jealous wall sconces.
Awaken Massage Therapy's experienced flesh-kneaders expel stress and bodily ailments with an array of soothing strokes tailored to each client's needs. An hour-long Swedish massage increases oxygen flow to the muscles and releases toxins straight to DVD, while an energy-targeted polarity massage uses deep and light touches to mend physical and mental maladies. Skilled hands apply subtle pressure to tense areas during a craniosacral treatment, which monitors the rhythm of body-tissue fluids in order to relax the central nervous system. A deep-tissue massage burrows into scar tissue and connective fascia with a barrage of ameliorating pressure that helps to increase circulation and to relieve chronic muscle tension caused by sleeping on brick mattresses.
Nestled in the beautiful redwoods at the heart of the San Lorenzo Valley, The Gilded Lily is a mom-and-pop style tattoo shop owned by artist Mac Cellitti and his wife, shop manger Maren. Committed to satisfying the tastes of every individual, The Gilded Lily works with customers to customize quality tattoos of all sizes suited to their unique pelts in a clean and friendly environment. Feel free to bring in any reference material to help Mac or his fellow artist Jim create something completely unique and personal, and to help the process of finding out what will look best permanently scrapbooked on your skin. Check out their website and their Facebook photo page to gander at prior custom creations, which range from tiny flowers to full-back portraits. Like the preparations for a Guinness Record–breaking five-story plum pudding, appointments must be made in advance.
The mane-taming magicians at The Hair Remedy use a variety of high-quality products, including Paul Mitchell, to perform cutting and coloring services that help heads turn heads. During the 90-minute Brazilian blowout procedure, hair stylists first wash and dry tangled tresses with a specially formulated shampoo before they apply a formaldehyde-free smoothing agent. The solution laces hair with a layer of protein, which gives follicles the strength to scare strands straight as the stylist unleashes a blow dryer's warm influence. To wrap up the process, hairologists execute two more rounds of blow-drying and solution applying, leaving headcoats looking shinier and healthier than a waterfall of donut glaze.
Nestled in the relaxation residence of Shanti and Jai Hudes, Be and Be Well’s soundproof flotation tank provides a meditative sensory-deprivation experience that can rejuvenate both body and mind. The warm, enclosed cocoon swaddles tired torsos in shadowy serenity as stress-induced strains are cunningly lured from their cellular lairs by waters saturated with Pied Piper epsom salts. Cloistered from the constant babble of cell phones and ventriloquist chanteuses, gray matter has ample time to ruminate upon life’s big questions as limbs perfect their levitating magician’s assistant impressions.
Beyond Scotts Valley Spa & Boutique’s purple front door, a realm of professional spa treatments awaits explorers seeking beautification and relaxation. Prepare your nails for sophisticated forehead flicking with a 30-minute express manicure (a $30 value). To keep your feet from getting jealous, partner the manicure with an express pedicure of equal length ($40), which casts a spell of polished neatness upon toes while mollifying weary feet with gentle scrubs. After a consultation with an expert aesthetician, who will select the proper products for your skin type, a 45-minute therapeutic facial (a $65 value) will diminish your face’s acne, age spots, and chowder stains. During a 45-minute sugar or spice body polish ($75), clients can choose to enshroud their corporeal form in a hydrating sugar scrub or a detoxifying salt polish, which, combined with fragrance-rich oils, exfoliates and reignites dull skin with smooth new shine.