At Sanctuary MedSpa the staff believes beauty starts at the skin. That's why all of its services—from Botox injections to laser hair removal to photofacials—are designed to beautify complexions and skin surfaces. For a more holistic route toward radiant skin, Sanctuary also offers nutritional services that warn against the dangers of washing your face with a cheeseburger.
Massage therapist Craig Mayfield has been on the massage table himself, and not always at the hands of an able practitioner. As a result, he knows that a massage is all about quality—hence his studio's name, Quality Massage. Here, he shows off his well-practiced techniques by delivering full-body massages, which blend Swedish and shiatsu strokes, acupressure, kinesiology, and reflexology. He also practices reiki energy work, which helps balance bodies suffering from energy shortages, which can manifest as fatigue.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 250 locations blanket 36 states and eight countries—Planet Beach Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. The range of services include total skincare, wellness, weight management, relaxation and renewal treatments. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles. Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
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.
The attentive specialists of Bliss Salon & Spa acquaint themselves with each client's unique personality and beauty needs before bolstering exteriors with their slate of customized aesthetic services. Hairstylists wielding Goldwell and TIGI products sculpt coifs with cuts, highlights, and extensions beneath steel-blue walls decked in abstract art. Pedicure clients ascend three granite stairs to settle into creamy white armchairs and dip feet into warm, sudsy water, cleansing and softening them in preparation for a range of foot-centered services. Meanwhile, at manicure stations, techs embellish fingers with acrylic tips, CND Shellac, and OPI polishes. Within a private treatment room, aestheticians brighten faces and physiques with facials, waxing, and spray-tanning services. The tranquil skincare space brims with nature-inspired artwork and strings of miniature light bulbs, which illuminate the leaves of a small tree to give newly liberated monkeys-on-backs a place to call home.
When it comes to making people look and feel beautiful, there's little the team at A Beautiful Reflection can't do. Owner Kerry Corduck has amassed a staff of aestheticians, massage therapists, hair stylists, and nail technicians, and Kelly herself is an eye-brow and makeup artist and a specialist in custom facials and microdermabrasion. That talent of the staff is matched by the quality tools and products they rely on, including skin care products by Dermalogica, mineral makeup by Youngblood, and an all-natural spray tan formula by Bronze Biologic. Of course, sometimes it's not the treatments themselves, but the little extras that make clients feel special. And so, A Beautiful Reflection also plans beauty-themed parties, including makeovers for weddings, proms, and traffic court appearances, and kids' parties that include mani-pedis, punch, and cake and cupcakes.