Once guests step through the doors at Anew Day Spa, they begin a mini vacation from mental and physical discomfort. By the time they are ready to walk back out and return to their lives, clients will have topped off their stores of relief and tranquility. In between, they can opt to sit in chairs and relax as relief cascades from sore shoulders and backs, or let therapists pore over their whole bodies as they decompress on massage tables. During reflexology sessions, a trained therapist applies liberating pressure to the feet to relieve pain all over the body and thank toes for teaching children how to accurately identify different kinds of piggies.
Chiropractic care is about more than solving back pain. As a treatment modality, it promotes overall wellbeing across the entire body by helping restore healthy neurological function. When physical trauma or daily stress causes spines to go rogue, chiropractors Drs. Jerry and Malia Kenny—the husband-wife founders of Kenny Family Chiropractic—roll out a combination of physical therapy and spinal adjustments to correct the problems. Their underlying philosophy goes beyond typical medical care to target both symptoms and causes to help bodies learn to naturally heal themselves.
Although hands-on treatments help the duo specifically target trouble areas, they also unholster some futuristic technology when it's needed. The Danville office's ML830 cold laser, for example, can noninvasively relieve stress in the body's deep tissues, far beyond the reach of hands or the laser-pointer therapy of a traveling charlatan.
As part of the Gaia Napa Valley Hotel and Spa, one of California's first sustainable, green hotels, Spa Gaia indulges clients with skin and body treatments equally inspired by natural ingredients and Eastern philosophies. With the Bali Spice, for example, clients have their back exfoliated before sipping ginger tea in a spiced bath and finishing with a spiced-oil massage. Sometimes, those natural ingredients are even found locally, as with The Crush, an exfoliation and massage done with crushed cabernet grapes. The menu also includes facials for various skin types, as well as organic mani-pedis with food-grade paraffin that would probably still be rude to eat.
The sound of gentle rainfall and the warm flicker of candlelight create a peaceful environment inside the treatment room at Total Relaxation Massage, where certified massage therapist Christine Sookoo works to soothe pain and stress. Visitors relax on a heated bed while she kneads their muscles with warm oils, loosening tissues and dissipating tension. Also a certified hypnotist, Sookoo conducts hypnotism sessions and energy work.
Eyelashes crafted from synthetic material or mink fur find their place on the faces of Bliss Esthetics' clients. Aestheticians' steady hands apply lashes one at a time to bulk up existing fringe and help firefighters extinguish small fires. Though they specialize in revamping eyes, the squad of aestheticians also refurbishes faces with microdermabrasions, eyebrow waxes, and permanent eyeliner applications.