At Aqua Body Cleansing, a certified colon hydrotherapist shower large intestines with water to ward off disease and promote efficient organ function. During an initial session, a specialist explains the emulsifying process and touts its potential health benefits, which may include relief from constipation, irritability, lower-back pain, and ancient gum wads.
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 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.
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.
Nestled amid the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Balance Studio Spa beckons patrons into a holistic mecca festooned with tile mosaics and flowering plants. The health spa is the brainchild of owner Melissa Stone Santangelo, a massage therapist and intuitive healer who is an expert in the field of TLC. With a passion for alternative health care, Melissa restores patrons' physical and mental balance either within a weathered-wood building or in the garden, where draperies shelter outdoor treatment areas. Visitors to the practice can bask in spa treatments or take home Melissa's new book, SpaCipes, The Spa Cookbook, or Balance Tool Kits that include yoga DVDs, guided meditation materials, and allen wrenches for tightening up loose joints. Custom spa packages encompass a diverse suite of treatments such as reiki, food facials, and food body treatments.
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