During the summer of 1970, Moscow State University math student Mikhail Brodsky traveled to the Konda River in Western Siberia to log trees. While there, he visited his first banya?a public Russian bathhouse?and tried Siberian steam bathing. He became enamored of the practice, but didn't get to experience it again until visiting another Siberian town four years later. He soon started traveling throughout the world to study all the baths and hot springs he could find, earning the nickname Archimedes?for the ancient Greek mathematician?due to his habit of helping bathhouse staff members solve problems.
After moving to California, Mikhail decided to open his own bathhouse. Though design and construction took 12 years, he and a group of international friends finally opened Archimedes Banya SF, a coed public bathhouse that blends the aesthetics and traditions of Greek, Turkish, German, and Russian bathhouses with modern amenities. Spa staffers usher guests into steamy hardwood saunas and cold swimming pools on four themed floors, each decked out in warm cream-colored tiles or cool blue and silver accents. Deck chairs populate the rooftop patio, where visitors take in views of the bay and excise any remaining stress by screaming at boats. In private spa rooms, therapists knead guests' muscles during Russian platza massages and soak them in natural herb and mineral baths. The bathhouse is open until midnight while the bar and dining area stays open as late as 11:30 pm.
After emigrating from Russia in 1995, Tanya Lekhtman decided to expand upon her skincare expertise. She enrolled in formal training with French, Canadian, and American brands, earning an aesthetician license in California along with certifications in reiki therapy, holistic massage, and advanced healing arts. Today, the well-rounded specialist helms Starlight Skin Care, where she performs a range of skin and beauty services. She lessens fine lines and wrinkles with a seven-week nonsurgical face-lift program, combats acne, and offers a range of facials. She also waxes unwanted stubble from the face and body.
Bubblegum-pink decor welcomes customers to Susan Skin Care, where Susan and her staff tend to the beauty needs of all who enter. Hidden away in the building's lower level, this cozy oasis offers facials for men and women, laser hair removal, and noninvasive body-contouring treatments. They also zap skin tags and vascular blemishes during quick, knifeless sessions, and improve butterfly-kissing abilities with eyelash extensions.