Escape from Silicon Valley: Eight Great Spas in San Jose
In the Capital of Silicon Valley, the tech industry and all its output have left only one surefire place to unplug: a San Jose Spa. Whether surrounding the city or tucked within San Jose hotels, these bastions of relaxation cut a line between the contemporary world and the timeless, incorporating age-old techniques with just enough modern science to help beautify. Yet with so many day spas in San Jose to choose from, it can be hard to find the right place for a little slice of peace. So check out our list below for a selection of the city's most relaxing, indulgent, and quiet places to escape.
1. Spa Severino
Visiting this small-scale spa is like visiting a friend’s home—if that friend were obsessed with relaxation. After passing through zen-like landscaping, you’ll be greeted with coffee, tea, and snacks in the reception area. Then, owner/facial expert Diana Severino, focuses on deep-cleansing with a three-step exfoliation process, hydrating with creams specifically suited to individual skin types, and reducing hyperpigmentation with Sothys Parisian products to ensure her dedicated fans stay gorgeous.
Aesthetician Mundi Pena not only believes healthy skin is a universal necessity, but also that it shouldn't be a mystery. Each service here—from the signature facial with deep-cleansing papaya enzymes to the three-acid peel for acne-prone skin—starts with a skin analysis, wherein Pena explains what the skin needs and why it needs it. She'll also be happy to design a personalized skincare regimen that uses the Pevonia and Medicalia products she adheres to.
This women-only, Mediterranean-style cottage is a little slice of heaven on Earth. Here owner/aesthetician/massage therapist Carrie Griffin incorporates herbal heat pads and eucalyptus essential oils to unwind tense muscles, decrease chronic pain, and boost circulation. But she doesn't just focus on what's below the skin. During her Tropical Smoothie body scrub, she exfoliates the surface with pure cane sugar, moisturizes with coconut oil, and soothes with tangerine and lemongrass scents.
Sachs Day Spa isn't huge. With just five treatment rooms and as many aestheticians and massage therapists on staff at one time, they limit the number of people they see. But that means each service here is focused on the individual. Everything from massages to body treatments are customized to the client's skin type, lifestyle, and particular ailments, meaning the deep-muscle massage is sure to undo knots and the pomegranate facial will even out skin texture.
5. The Bodywell
Before founding The Bodywell, owner Jena Inay studied anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology, and worked at a chiropractic practice. So when clients stop in for a massage, they're going to walk out feeling better. Personalized sessions here attack ailments with techniques pulled from Swedish, shiatsu, trigger-point therapy, and reflexology modalities. More extreme cases can also call for steam therapy or two massage therapists working in tandem.
Preston Wynne has been a weekend-getaway hotspot for more than 30 years. Private spa parties—perfect for bachelorette celebrations—help cultivate this destination status, alongside a number of “Duetto” services for couples, including a deep soaking tub, a massage suite, a pedicure suite, and an infrared sauna. But no matter if you're there for a quick wax or a full-body treatment, all services start out in lounges complete with tea, fresh fruit, and healthy snacks.
Minh Ha is a beauty powerhouse. Armed with products from Jan Marini, Dermalogica, and Yon Ka, as well as knowledge and skill gained by more than a decade of experience, the massage therapist and aesthetician works with clients over multiple sessions to cleanse, purify, and balance their skin and body. And it works. Loyal clientele have followed her one-woman operation throughout her career.
You’d think making a foot massage your signature treatment would be a cinch—but not at Oceanic Foot Spa. Here, the signature massage took 10 years to perfect. While clients lie on a reclined sofa, it begins by soaking the feet in herb-infused water as therapists massage the head and face. Then 40 minutes of massage incorporates reflexology to help relieve stress, pain, and emotional tension before therapists move upward again, massaging the back, shoulders, and legs.
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