While traveling to India, Marina Gachet experienced the most wonderful facial?what was called a prayer facial?and ended up staying in India to study with the people who had mastered the technique. That experience laid the foundation for her aesthetics approach: Marina has now traveled the world and spent thousands of hours honing her techniques in both skincare and massage therapy to give her clients a unique and soothing experience. At her studio, she impresses the importance of de-stressing to all her clients and offers a plethora of massage styles to help them do so. She also offers packages that pair foot massage and facials with warm tea?for sipping, not as part of the massage.
At the National Holistic Institute, massage therapist Kimmie studied Eastern- and Western-style techniques such as Thai, shiatsu, and Swedish massage. She also studied kinesiology and anatomy. All of this knowledge comes together at Kimmie’s Massage, where she doles out focused bodywork sessions designed to facilitate physical and emotional health. A practicing clairvoyant, Kimmie also offers psychic readings and teaches meditation classes.
Santé Restaurant’s refined menu of contemporary French and American cuisine has earned the eatery honors including a Michelin star and an AAA Four Diamond Award. The sophisticated yet simple cooking showcases the quality of the ingredients, many of which are locally sourced—on the current menu, the tasting of beef entree features a filet mignon from Niman Ranch, and dessert courses boast zinfandel-poached black mission figs. Chefs also search out of state for high-end delicacies, such as butter-poached Maine lobster, which graces a grown-up mac ‘n’ cheese dish the New York Times dubbed a “must-try” in 2010. To complement the cuisine, the menu also features more than 500 wines from throughout Napa and Sonoma, earning the restaurant an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.
The dining room cultivates an elegant atmosphere, with low-lit sconces and French doors designed to fling open only for the freshest spring breezes. The sunshine-yellow hues of walls, plates, and tablecloths also help evoke a comfortably refined ambiance.
When you walk into Eden Day Spa, you are immediately bathed in light from a crystal chandelier. Pure white walls reflect that light off an ornate mirror, teal mosaic reception desk, and delicate orchids, all of which are designed to create a serene mood. The spa extends this relaxing experience with a bevy of traditional and contemporary treatments including facials, massage, and skin care. During body glow treatments, a sunless tanner infuses the skin with antioxidants and botanicals, leaving it with a golden sheen, while Turkish body peels employ a loofah and imported liquid gommage to remove layers of dead skin. Calming facials give the skin an all-over burst of vitality, whereas semi-permeant lash extensions draw attention to your eyes, and a full range of massage modalities soothe the muscles with the help of herbs, therapeutic stretching, and reflexology.
Bhaskar Banerji still remembers where he was when he decided to become a healer. He was sitting down for another one of his Western and Non-Western Medicine classes at the University of Michigan when that day?s lecture on polarity therapy began. The lesson did more than just captivate him?it inspired him. And so, over the course of the next 25 years, he went on to practice energy healing, study shiatsu and Swedish massage at the National Holistic Institute, and travel to Chiang Mai, Thailand, to hone the art of Thai massage at the Sunshine Network. Upon returning to the states, he bolstered his experiences with a master?s in holistic-health education from JFK University.
Today, Banerji teaches Thai massage at the McKinnon Institute, sharing his insights during both beginner and intermediate classes. In class, he shows his students how to rotate joints, stretch muscles, apply pressure, and cut blue wires even when the red ones seem like the obvious choice. And of course, he also offers Thai massages for those who want to simply relax and enjoy the soothing combination of yogic movements and breema modalities.
The licensed massage therapists and estheticians at Sofitel Massage believe that true beauty begins on the inside, which is why they offer relaxing treatments that bring out the good in every one of their clients. At this carefully designed, soothing studio, spa-goers can receive Swedish, deep-tissue, reflexology, or Thai massages that help to loosen tight muscles. Clients can also stick around for an hour-long massage, or spend the day enjoying other de-stressing treatments from within the comforts of this quiet oasis.