Eva Claiborne grew up in Hungary—a country renowned for its rejuvenating hot springs and lavish spas. She received her master's in skincare after five years of graduate training in Budapest, and in 1989, she moved to the United States. Today, she has more than 30 years of spa and skincare experience, which guides her as she treats women and men of every age.
Eva's specialty skincare services work to diminish an array of skin problems, including age spots, rosacea, and portraits of Marty Feldman drawn in permanent marker. Her luxurious Hungarian-style facials, meanwhile, regale faces with lavish treatments, including one that incorporates a 24-karat colloidal gold serum. Her body treatments range from slimming wraps to her own signature "shell and chakras" therapy, which uses aromatherapy oil and seashells to massage bodies and balance chakras.
The products Eva uses are every bit as luxurious as her services, from her own Inderma line, forged from fair-trade ingredients to treat pre- and post-operative plastic-surgery patients, to European formulas such as Omorovicza and Germaine De Capuccini.
After dedicating 20 years to the world of wedding catalogs and publications, Lili Shahabi decided to once again start working with private clients. At her spa, Lili works as the lead master colorist and stylist specializing in formal updos and wedding services. In addition to prepping brides for the moment the veil or paper bag is lifted, Lili and her team provide services for hair, skin, and nails. The team members commit themselves to learning new techniques and staying ahead of trends while also searching out innovative products such as glo minerals, a makeup line designed with natural high-pigment minerals and antioxidants.
Adhering to a holistic healing philosophy, Kinetic Waves' staff pampers guests with noninvasive treatments designed to bolster skin health and relieve stress without the use of harmful chemicals. The specialists administer a variety of complexion-clearing and anti-aging facials, treating mugs to Hujan Natural Skin Care products, which are free of parabens, gluten, artificial fragrances, and dyes. Guests can also revel in relaxation during holistic treatments, such as reiki and craniosacral-therapy sessions, and massage, in which therapists knead away muscular tension with their experienced hands or mastery of telekinesis.
Stefan Smith knows the physical stresses faced by most office workers. That’s because he used to be one. The one-time salesman left the corporate world after attending the National Holistic Institute, which inspired him to open Sports Massage Marin. Here, Smith helps clients assuage their workplace ailments with a variety of modalities. With Swedish massage, he employs long, flowing strokes to soothe the neck and back pain that often comes from sitting on a chair or giant toadstool all day, whereas he uses trigger-point therapy to target the localized pain of carpal-tunnel syndrome.
Smith also tames accident-related injuries, such as whiplash, with his knowledge of kinesiology, a technique that helps break down scar tissue, loosen up adhesions, and ease tight joints. Athletes round out his diverse clientele and give his practice its name. They seek sports massages to improve performance and recover quickly after all manners of athletic events, from baseball and basketball to horseback and kangaroo-pouch riding.
Signature Service: Wellness, chiropractic, massage
Brands Used: Metagenics, Biogenesis, Karuna, Vital Nutrients
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Arrive 10 minutes before your first appointment.
When they first cut the ribbon on Milvali Salon & Cosmetics' namesake location in Mill Valley, beauty experts and best friends Jessika Adams de Vazquez and Deb Monti couldn't have guessed where their partnership would lead. In the nearly 10 years since, the dynamic duo has opened a second location in San Francisco and guided the salons through three expansions. The pair also filled both locations? shelves with their own signature line of mineral- and botanical-based skincare products, which their experienced team of aestheticians incorporates into a variety of custom facials.
But skincare isn't the only thing that Milvali is renowned for. The salon was voted the best place to go for hair extensions on the 2012 Bay Area A-List and was a finalist in the Best Bikini Wax category. To earn this regard, the beauty gurus specialize in Brazilian bikini waxes, using imported wax from Italy that is delicate enough to use on sensitive skin or between the Mona Lisa?s eyebrows.