A stress-free oasis in the heart of downtown Turlock, Blown Away Salon & Spa offers a relaxing counterpoint to the bustling activity just outside its doors. Though long considered a gem by locals, the all-purpose salon and spa can also claim a few out-of-town fans: as recently as May 2013, Joan Rivers dropped in for a manicure and style before her standup show at the nearby Turlock Community Theatre.
In spite of its growing popularity, Blown Away maintains a serene, low-key atmosphere punctuated only by animated chatter and the clipping of shears. The salon?s styling services range from feather extensions to formaldehyde-free Bio Ionic KeraSmooth treatments, which leave strands sleek and straight for months to come. On the other side of the expansive studio, nail technicians highlight digits with vibrant colors, and aestheticians tend to skin with exfoliating chemical peels. A visit to the spa?s resident massage therapist completes the cycle of relaxation as deep-tissue massages work against the muscle grain with firm pressure, and sports massages break up knots of tension with well-placed fastballs and slap shots.
Diamond dust might sound like something movie stars brush off their furniture, but at A Beautiful Reflection & Day Spa, owner Kerry Strickland knows better. She uses the dust to exfoliate her clients' skin during diamond dermabrasion treatments, polishing away fine lines and light acne scars without aluminum oxide crystals, which can be irritating to the skin. But the results aren't dependent on diamonds alone—Kerry and her team of aestheticians carefully analyze and question each patron's complexion before and after each facial, chemical peel, or other exfoliating treatment, and then point the way toward Dermalogica products best suited to the patron’s particular problems.
Not content to limit their expertise to faces, the team at A Beautiful Reflection also offers custom hairstyles, nail services, and waxing to help clients feel better about what they see––or don't see––in the mirror. The salon's Bronze Biologic spray tans provide a finishing touch to any makeover and use a nontoxic, fast-drying formula to help bodies achieve a sun-kissed glow without taking the sun to dinner and a movie first.
Haircuts for men, women, and children abound inside Evolution Salon. Other hair-related services include perms, highlights, and extensions made from 100% human or My Little Pony hair. Below the neck, specialists remove unwanted hair with warm wax, and massage therapists work out knots during 30- to 90-minute sessions.
Every spa treatment, class, and wellness consultation at Sweet Serenity aims to cultivate overall well-being, addressing both external and internal wellness. Facials and body treatments rely on an arsenal of organic, botanical-based, and seasonally produced products as they cleanse and hydrate the skin. Yoga and guided-meditation sessions, meanwhile, seek to bolster self-awareness, whereas therapeutic massages work to shoo away tension and spies masquerading as muscle knots with gentle and firm pressure.
MaryAnn Sumaraga could barely get out of bed. With an impending back surgery on the horizon, she visited an acupressure therapist in hopes of relieving some of the pain caused by her chronic sciatica. Six weeks later, she cancelled her back surgery, and marched effortlessly into the classrooms at the Holistic Life Institution of Massage and Natural Health, ready to dedicate her life to helping others the way her acupressure therapist had helped her.
After discovering the healing properties of massage, MaryAnn went full throttle, absorbing additional expertise in bodywork, energy work, and Reiki. With 1000 hours of practice under her belt––not to mention additional certifications in homeopathy, herbology, and iridology––she creates tailored, client-centered treatments that often blend massage, aromatherapy, and nutritional advice. She views each client as biochemically unique, and tends to them only after she has a full picture of their pain, so that she can treat it with more specificity than with what she refers to as "cookbook approaches," which are often tailored to the therapeutic needs of tense gingerbread men.
At Body and Soul by Carla, the atmosphere alone might be enough to relax clients, with its umber walls, soft surfaces, and low lighting. But licensed massage therapist Carla doesn’t want her clients to merely relax. She wants them to escape from every scrap of tension quivering in the furthest sinews of their back, neck, and limbs. To achieve this, she descends on muscles with soothing Swedish massages, using long, gliding strokes of medium pressure to squeeze out aches and stir stagnant blood into carting off its backlog of toxins.