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.
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.
Located across the street from New Leaf Market in Felton, The Green Room Salon is not only green in name, but also in practice as an environmentally friendly salon. All the stylists wield ammonia-free hair color, paraben- and sulfate-free styling products, and formaldehyde-free vegan smoothing treatments. The salon itself is practices eco-friendly business by conserving water and energy, recycling, and using non-toxic cleaning solutions.
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 center is the brainchild of owner Melissa Stone, a massage therapist and intuitive healer who oversees a team of therapists and instructors. With a common passion for alternative health care, the specialists restore 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 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, Pilates, and detox footbaths.
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