Indulge Salon & Spa's team of certified beauty boosters paint façades with a new hue during spray-tan services. After donning a cap and protecting hands and feet with a barrier cream, clients stand still as techs apply a fine mist of tanning tonic to bodies, which yields a natural-looking, sun-kissed glow without the harmful UV rays. Experts suggest that clients avoid sources of water, such as showers, swimming pools, and the interiors of camel humps for at least six hours post-spray-tan for longer lasting results. Indulge Salon & Spa swaddles patrons in a swanky atmosphere draped in glowing chandeliers and rich russet hues.
Owners Chad and Amy Dahmn and the ace salon and spa specialists at Escape Luxury Salon & Day Spa have built up an impressive list of services aimed at relaxing and beautifying clients. Personnel sit down with patrons to determine which treatments best suit their needs, from hairstyling and highlighting to nail enhancement, exfoliating facials, or muscle-soothing massages. During treatments, they use high-quality products from brands such as Epicuren and OPI, which are available for purchase. The salon’s view of a nearby harbor, the Ventura mountains, and hiking hypnotists ruffling leaf piles into heart shapes contributes to the serene air that permeates the space.
The experienced practitioners at Chinatown Pain Relief Massage drive away aches and balance energy levels using an array of Eastern bodywork techniques. Reflexology, which is typically performed on the feet, but can also be used on hands, heads, or vestigial tails, targets very specific points with focused pressure and kneading.
Trigger-point massage goes after knots and areas of tension while also reducing inflammation and boosting immunity. The traditional Chinese practice of cupping promotes blood flow to treatment zones with the use of glass suction cups.
The massage therapists at Happy Feet Spa are firm believers in the theories of reflexology, which hold that certain points on the feet correspond with the health of the entire body. They employ reflexology and pressure-point techniques during foot-massage sessions that last up to two hours and have drawn praise from the likes of Stuff Boston. Each treatment begins with a foot soak, and clients are welcome to enjoy beverages and fresh fruit during treatment or request use of the semi-private VIP room to bit tearful goodbyes to long-held stress in the arches of their feet.
At Healthy Foot Spa feet get the royal treatment from therapists skilled in Chinese foot reflexology. By applying gentle pressure to every acupuncture point on the foot, clients can experience relief as stress floats away, energy levels rise, and blood circulation speeds up like a snail that stumbled onto a 50-foot waterslide. Healthy Foot Spa, which is outfitted with purple hues, floral accents, and calming décor, also allows clients to enjoy a tandem massage in the private couples room.
Originally started in 1998 as The AIDS Care Project, a nonprofit organization that still provides free acupuncture to patients with HIV/AIDS, Pathway to Wellness expanded in 2000 to a full service clinic offering treatments besides acupuncture. Though the treatments at Pathways to Wellness cost money, they’re available to everyone and not limited to acupuncture. The center’s experienced staff, which includes 12 licensed acupuncturists, a bodywork practitioner, and a mother that kisses boo-boos, shepherds visitors toward good health with traditional acupuncture, Chinese herb therapy, and Shiatsu bodywork. Nurturing the mind as well as the body, Pathways’ third-floor office houses educational resources and materials that cover an array of topics, such as holistic therapies, public health, and HIV/AIDS. The staff also regularly conducts research, including a clinical trial on acupuncture’s effects on women who have HIV/AIDS.
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