Booking your body double a beautifying treatment at an urban eco-retreat creates a soundproof alibi for days spent stealing office supplies from the National Guard. Make your stand-in stand out and replace your tape with bazooka putty with today’s Groupon: for $125, new clients get one of two body rituals at EarthBody (a $250 value).
EarthBody offers restorative body therapies rooted in holistic therapies, using only the finest eco-friendly, organic products to help lull prostrate patients into a state of mind-body bliss. For agitated nerves, opt for the Warm Earth treatment, a 90-minute full-body therapy that, like a career in orc-wrangling, supports deep sleep. You'll be lavished with a hot oil Indian scalp treatment, a spot of facial acupressure, 75 minutes of basalt-stone-powered bodywork, and a nourishing calendula body oil rub (a $250 value). Or choose the Infinite Sky treatment to relieve headaches, soothe strained eyes, and increase circulation. This 90-minute treatment includes heated neck therapy, a cooling bamboo facial compress, 60 minutes of bodywork, and a stimulating herbal oil (a $250 value) to thoroughly baste a budding sense of tranquility.
Founded by Ayurvedic Educator and Holistic Therapist Denmo Ibrahim, EarthBody's treatments are rooted in ancient healing therapies, and all of the spa's skilled therapists boast backgrounds in Eastern and Western philosophies. You'll leave the EarthBody premises with your muscular fibers singing as harmoniously as a barbershop quartet, instead of screeching like the lead singer in a Norwegian death-metal barbershop quartet. Call ahead for an appointment.
New clients only. A 24-hour cancellation notice is required, and blackout dates for holidays and private events may apply.
EarthBody has been featured in a variety of press, including the San Francisco Bay Guardian and DailyCandy. San Francisco Weekly named it Best Day Spa in its 2010 Best Of Awards. More than 130 Yelpers give EarthBody an average of five stars:
- …spa enthusiasts hip to the benefits of ecological sustainability and ancient holistic rites will delight in the services at EarthBody Advanced Therapies, which are all about attuning achy urbanites to the subtle rhythms of their bodies — particularly when they're all out of whack. – SF Weekly
- I chose Warm Earth with Jen and by the end of my 90min descent into heaven (infused with calendula body oil of course), I came out a new woman. The hot stones and hot oil Indian scalp massage were the perfect touch on a cold May day. – Alice V., Yelp
- My therapist was attentive to those needs and gave an incredible massage. Also noteworthy were the warm towels, eye masks, and handmade organic potions used during the massage. They finish with the same care offering tea and a personalized follow up consultation on your session. – Tara G., Yelp
When Earthbody looks to hire new massage therapists and licensed aestheticians, it doesn't consider recent graduates—rather, it's looking for people with years of training and experience beneath their belts, and who still love what they do. It wants people who are healers at heart, able to lavish each client with skillful services and attention. Each detail at Earthbody has been carried out with similar mindfulness—from the spa's own line of organic body and facial products, all crafted in small batches in San Francisco, to little luxuries such as heated and infused foot towels and complimentary tea service.
To set the mood, the staff lights soy candles and tea lights, which burn cleanly so that even those with allergies can breathe easily. Surrounded by this soft glow, aestheticians renew skin with facials or treat bodies to massages that not only make muscles feel great but also uproot deep-seated tension. After each session—be it a couples massage or hot-oil Indian scalp treatment—the staff can compost, recycle, or launder everything used during the sessions. Dr. Shawn Goozh, a licensed clinical psychologist, also offers somatic-psychotherapy sessions that use bodywork to deepen traditional psychotherapy.
The staff's attention to detail hasn't gone unnoticed by the media. "This intimate Hayes Valley spot is more healing center than mere day spa," writes the San Francisco Bay Guardian. "Therapists are trained in several modalities and develop custom sessions for every client, including consultations before and after treatment." In 2010, SF Weekly named Earthbody its pick for best day spa, citing its "ecological sustainability and ancient holistic rites."