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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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.
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.
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.
After graduating from the Palmer College of Chiropractic and passing the state board exam, Dr. Jeanne Hofvendahl opened Ben Lomond Chiropractic in 1993. Since then, she's been using a unique blend of low-force adjusting techniques and massage therapy—derived from years of owning a massage practice—to correct skeletal misalignments. After assessing patients' skeletal, muscular, and postural conditions, Dr. Hofvendahl carefully customizes her approach to meet specific physical needs and preferences. She also incorporates physical-therapy techniques, such as deep heat packs and ultrasound, to treat injured muscles or locate tissues accidentally inhaled into the brain.