At Scotts Valley Spa & Boutique, the spa experience doesn't end with a coat of CND Shellac nail polish or a steamy Vichy shower. The boutique's stock of products from CosMedix and glō-therapeutics lets clients maintain the results of their microdermabrasion and moisturizing facials at home. But until then, clients are free to experiment with a variety of exotic treatments. They can try getting wrapped in algae, scrubbed with sugar, herbal compresses, and pelted with organic banana-cream pies. The Spa's staff members takes client's needs into consideration before customizing each treatment.
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.
The Scotts Valley outpost of Faust Salon salves skin with nourishing plant-based products. The 60-minute facial begins with a consultation to determine the quirks and quibbles of your particular pelt using the Aveda Elemental Nature questionnaire, which assesses which of five essential elements or 11 seasons of MAS*H best fit your skin's behavior patterns. Depending on which Aveda products match your needs, facials may include exfoliants, balancing infusions, or hydrating masks to slough off signs of stress. With walls of rough-hewn stone designed for maximum contrast with newly smoothed skin, Faust Salon strives to place customers in a chic and easygoing environment.
Named Best Tanning Salon by Good Times Santa Cruz, Tanners Cove bronzes bodies with an array of UV and sunless techniques. Gild your dermal surface to a treasury finish with a month of unlimited low-pressure brownings in one of Tanners Cove's advanced beds, which emit controlled mixtures of UVB and UVA light designed to minimize burning. Or, submit your body canvas to a level-two airbrushing in which a certified spray-tan technician will delicately apply sunshine paint to your exterior, leaving a glow, an even hue, or an abstract rendering of the Eiffel Tower upon request.