Goldi Jacques-Maynes, the almost-eponymous founder of Golden Chiropractic, draws on knowledge gleaned while training with leading authorities in sports chiropractic medicine to keep spines happy, healthy, and pliable. Before administering customized treatments, the licensed chiropractor first gets to know her patients through a medical history overview that accounts for past injuries and part-time jobs with Sisyphean construction crews. X-rays afford an internal peek at the spine’s going-ons, and adjustments relieve sublaxations before Dr. Jacques-Maynes calls upon activator adjusting instruments, electrical muscle stimulation, and ultrasound therapy to correct ailing discs.
The center’s resident massage therapists, Monica and Nancy Ferreira, supplement chiropractic treatments with massage techniques cultivated during hours of training. Whether gliding across backs with Swedish-style strokes or placing warm rocks in areas of built-up pressure, Monica and Nancy work to reduce muscle tension and increase joints’ range of motion.
Veronica Romero snips locks at Curl Up & Dye, a salon where the stylists are as skilled as the name is cheeky. There, she adds shine and subtracts frizz from hair using California Smooth's formaldehyde-free brand of keratin hair smoothing. She also fiddles with hair's tint knobs, shading manes to rich chestnuts and adding highlights to give hair more depth than a debate with Socrates at the bottom of the ocean.
At The Beauty Lounge Salon and Day Spa, each technician undergoes meticulous training and ongoing education seminars to ensure luxuriously therapeutic facials, skin-smoothing waxes, and effective strategies for fighting hyperpigmentation and wrinkles. The spa occupies the space of a charming luxury townhome, with plump, purple couches and soft-light chandeliers conjuring the atmosphere of a grandmother’s parlor, and wall-to-wall accents of luxurious mahogany-hued hardwood evoking the image of an aristocratic lumberjack’s summer home.
A shower of crystal chandeliers and golden baroque workstations exemplify the air of sophistication at Tranquille Spa. Fresh herbal tea and an aromatherapy neck-and-shoulder pack accompany the myriad salon-and-spa services, including haircuts, waxing, and facials. The staff also travels to brides on their wedding day to set them up with an updo, a makeup application, and a groom to marry.
The Scotts Valley outpost of Faust Salon salves skin with nourishing plant-based products. The 60-minute facial begins with a consultation to determine the quirks and quibbles of your particular pelt using the Aveda Elemental Nature questionnaire, which assesses which of five essential elements or 11 seasons of MAS*H best fit your skin's behavior patterns. Depending on which Aveda products match your needs, facials may include exfoliants, balancing infusions, or hydrating masks to slough off signs of stress. With walls of rough-hewn stone designed for maximum contrast with newly smoothed skin, Faust Salon strives to place customers in a chic and easygoing environment.