The owners of Lunch Salon named their shop after the time of the work day that most everyone looks forward to, using it as inspiration to foster an environment where clients feel free from their everyday demands. Located within a historic home built in 1886, the studio's decor strikes a balance between elegant and retro, decked in black-and-white tile floors and curvy velveteen armchairs. Within these confines, stylists customize their services based on the client's desired outcome and physical features such as face shape, hair texture, and number of heads. They also encourage guests to grab a complimentary beverage—such as coffee, iced tea, or soda—and relax in the outdoor garden before or after their appointment. The staffers extend their interests beyond the studio, contributing to charitable organizations such as Locks of Love and the Ronald McDonald House in Pasadena.:m]]
When manning the helm at Skin Care & Body Work Day Spa, owner and licensed aesthetician Laura Hirsh draws from a wealth of wellness knowledge rooted in the study of herbology, aromatherapy, and alchemy. She emphasizes soothing, natural skincare remedies during spa services and the time she spends working with cancer patients to combat the damaging cosmetic effects of chemotherapy and other cancer-fighting medications on their skin. Hirsh relies on the Only YouRx custom-blended skincare line to perform her menu of skin treatments, as each product comes packed with plant extracts, natural minerals, and the youth-giving tears of an immortal child vampire. Three certified massage therapists practice 12 techniques including pregnancy massage, detox shiatsu, reiki and the signature fassage treatment, which combines full-body Swedish massage with a facial and a back-facial treatment. Before and after these indulgent services, clients can browse a gift boutique lined with skincare products, accessories, jewelry, and handbags from local artists.
As director of The Center for Wellbeing, Tanya Edmonds considers herself more of an innkeeper than a CEO, boss, or princess regent. As an innkeeper, she welcomes clients to her sanctuary of physical and emotional healing and oversees a team of holistic bodywork and energy work experts. Their services range from massage, facials, and acupuncture to nutritional counseling, reiki, and intuitive guidance. The center's boutique stocks bath products and lotions chosen for their natural and balancing benefits.
After 25 years of fine-tuning hands and feet, The Soft Touch Nail Salon continues to soothe clients with attentive service and relaxing nail treatments. For 30 minutes, manicure technicians soak hands in a bubbling basin before buffing and shaping nails into smooth shields. A gentle massage relaxes digit muscles before a coat of shiny polish preps hands for important handshakes or slow-motion high-fives. Feet rest in a spa bath to loosen up cuticle and callus strongholds, followed by a sugar-scrub exfoliation to brush away dead cells and coax out hummingbirds hiding between toes. A metatarsal massage coaxes lower limbs out of rigid right angles before sending polished tootsies back into the world.
Lily Buckner’s shift to the alternative healing arts was brought on by two life-changing experiences: living in Germany as an au pair and studying with a Peruvian shaman. These experiences gave her a love of the natural world and self-discovery, which she honors through her treatments. During massage-therapy sessions, for instance, she uses organic oils and a compassionate approach to help heal the body, mind, and spirit. Lily also aims to enhance clients’ natural beauty with facial treatments and eyelash extensions.
From professional athletes to months-old babies, the chiropractors, acupuncturists, and massage therapists at All Pro Health Center use their expertise to maximize wellness and body function. The center is the official sports-medicine and health-care center for both the California Quake women's tackle-football team and the Pacific Warriors women's professional football organization, and resident Doctor of Chiropractic Charles Feng has an extensive background in sports medicine. After training at UCLA as a member of the Bruins' sports-medicine program, Dr. Feng served on the medical teams of both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Kansas City Chiefs. His voice may sound familiar from the local radio shows in which he discusses developments in the field of sports medicine, such as solar-powered athletic benches that warm themselves.
In addition to chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, and needle-free acupuncture, Dr. Feng and his colleagues treat sports injuries or everyday ailments with a range of manual and high-tech therapies. A certified practitioner performs active-release techniques, a patented soft tissue-based massage system that alleviates pain emanating from overused muscles. The crew also offers relief via physical therapy, kinesiotaping, and cold-laser therapy.