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.
At Isis Skin & Body, medical director Dr. Noha Aboelata grants her patients' desires for beauty with a gentle touch, exclusively performing noninvasive rejuvenation treatments that employ the latest advancements in aesthetic upkeep. The practice is split between laser-based and topical therapies that both remediate existing problems and stimulate of the body's natural healing mechanisms.
Lasers earn their keep and daily continental breakfasts with work in three principle areas: routing unwanted hair, healing nail fungus, and helping to firm and smooth contours all over the body. To ensure topical treatments are safe for all skin types, Dr. Aboelata handpicks the products used in each service, which range from custom acne-scar treatments to eight types of chemical peels. Online forms dotting the company's website encourage curious visitors to start their restorative journey with a free analysis by identifying their skin and body concerns from a list that will help the staff to suggest a fitting course of treatment.
In tribute to its eponymous Egyptian goddess, the white and gold spa takes rich decorating cues from ancient palace-inspired aesthetics and the advice of style-blogging mummies. Columns capped with gold lotuses rise up to the entry hall's high ceiling, and gilded folding screens backdrop chaise lounges covered in bolts of lustrous, eggshell-colored cloth.
Each of the spa's relaxing services starts off as experienced staffers pamper guests with a complimentary hot-towel wrap and dose of aromatherapy scents. Licensed massage therapists work to alleviate guests' physical and psychological tension during soothing massages, which run anywhere from 30 to 120 minutes and incorporate techniques from modalities including Swedish, hot stone, reflexology, and myofascial release. Facials, body treatments, and hair-snatching waxes can clear skin of fine lines, blemishes, acne, and unwanted follicles. Clients may also doll up their appendages with a selection of manicures and pedicures, all backed by Harmony Day Spa's 48-hour nail policy that guarantees better yields when noodling for non-colorblind catfish.
Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Umang Mehta may specialize in rhinoplasty and other facial and eye surgeries, but his practice?s treatment list extends far beyond these services. He and his staff, including a licensed aesthetician, also deliver wrinkle fillers, laser cosmetics, and peels. After visits, complexions leave youthful and glowing like a phosphorescent corsage on prom night, and testimonials reveal that clients appreciate the team?s friendliness as much as they value their aesthetic expertise.