A white canopy hangs from the ceiling's center, forming a snowy, gabled pathway. Shorter green curtains pull back to reveal a series of private rooms, with the canopy's flowing excess folds decorating the wall in modest emerald ponytails. After clients lie down on the Asian–style floor mats, one of Chiang Mai Thai’s skilled massage practitioners enters to mend muscles using Thai techniques, thought to have been practiced for several thousand years. By blending these time-tested stretching and joint-rotation exercises with modern Swedish and deep-tissue techniques, lightly oiled hands can release toxins held captive in the blood and career goals of becoming Han Solo trapped in the subconscious.
Sue Ferrier opened Dana Point Bodycentre as a place of holistic healing and pampering spa services. On the healing side, she leverages her training as a massage therapist to oversee a staff of skilled bodywork experts that are well versed in a variety of soothing modalities—Swedish and hot stone are just two of them. On the pampering side, she works with aestheticians that make use of Jan Marini Skin Care and SkinCeuticals products as they dole out classic European facials and rejuvenating peels. They even render exfoliating body scrubs and wraps with natural salts, sugars, and mineral mud. And in case clients value familiarity, Sue boasts residence in or near Dana Point since 1973.
Located inside Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio, Alec Ian Day Spa immediately sets clients at ease with plants, curtains, and decorative plates hung on the wall that somehow seem more practical than decorative crock pots. Alec Ian's service menu spans nearly the entire beautification spectrum. From facials to manicures, aestheticians spruce up exteriors in a comfortable spa setting. Inside a private massage room, therapists treat clients to one of seven different types of massage as a way to relax after a long day. Additionally, Alec Ian offers up med-spa services such as Botox, Dysport, and Restylane fillers.
D Hair & Spa employs specialists who hail from the Dermalogica Institute. These skincare workers offer advanced facials that begin with "skin mapping," which help them discern what the client's skin type is and which issues need the most attention, such as age spots beneath the eyes or a fire budding in the nostrils. With that knowledge, they combat blemishes during treatments that feature Dermalogica products. If you want to maintain your skin regimen at home, these same products are available for purchase in the spa's retail section.
D Hair & Spa's massage therapists, meanwhile, are armed with a range of bodywork techniques and therapeutic-grade essential oils. They offer Thai, Swedish, and hot-stone massages which, when combined with scents of lavender, wintergreen, or lemon, pack a one-two punch of releasing muscle tension and inducing feelings of bliss.
Silken pillows, oversized hand fans, and orchids create a small sanctuary away from the bustle of daily life. A softly lit hallway is blanketed in golden yellow walls and doors that lead to private treatments rooms. Inside, licensed massage therapists relax muscles with deep-tissue and shiatsu techniques, warmed stones, and aromatherapy. In other rooms, licensed aestheticians scrub faces clean with facials, buff bodies with sugar and salt scrubs, and wax unwanted hair on legs and tails.
In addition to requisite services such as facials, body wraps, and waxing, Healing Horizons’ caretakers coordinate chiropractic care and nutritional counseling. They also stock products such as Boresha BSkinny coffee and NuvoGene tea, formulated to encourage stable blood-sugar levels and reprogram the brain to crave brussels sprouts instead of cinnamon rolls. Healing Horizons specializes in hot-stone and hot-pad treatments that can be added to their massages as well.
Siam Touch's licensed massage therapist, Samak Suiseeya, animates traditional Thai massage techniques gleaned from more than 500 hours of training to relieve stress and aid full-body relaxation. Treat tense muscles and sore skeletons to a 60- or 90-minute Thai herbal massage, which incorporates a variety of soothing techniques—including herbal compresses, acupressure, deep-tissue massage, meditation, assisted yoga, and reflexology—to help patrons achieve higher levels of mental and physical repose. Throughout the intensive, yet relaxing, treatment, the massage therapist makes full use of his hands, thumbs, and arms to break the bonds of internal tension and promptly discard any board games glued to the back. In addition to easing knots and other general aches and pains, the lengthy treatment can also help increase flexibility and circulation.