Faces, like potatoes, must be scrubbed and buffed to clear away excess dirt, remove dry skin, and prevent the emergence of extra eyes. Buff away unsightly blemishes with this Groupon: for $35, you get a 60-minute relaxation massage or a 60-minute classic facial at In Essence Day Spa in Mission Viejo (a $70 value).
At In Essence Day Spa, peace seekers indulge in custom skincare procedures and calming massages. During the relaxation massage, clients can unwind as therapists use long, rhythmic strokes of a pressure level calibrated to patrons' preferences. Frames relax beneath the skilled therapist's fingers, which stimulate circulation and transport muscles to buttery states.
For the classic facial, a deep cleansing clears out pores, and an exfoliation scrubs off dead skin cells and phone numbers scrawled on cheeks. Extractions then sweep away problem spots with more gentleness than a teddy bear breaking bad news, and touch-therapy massages reduce shoulders, hands, and arms to pools of molten contentment. Next, a revitalizing mask preps the way for a nutrient-packed moisturizer, which guards façades against the seductive advances of the sun's rays. Candles and flowers pop against the deep-red walls of the reception area, where guests can snuggle with a throw pillow or an imaginary pen pal while perusing modern artwork before their treatments.
In Essence Day Spa at Dr. Turek's Wellness Center
During her first pregnancy, Liliane Zaccharias suffered backaches and decreased mobility—that is, until she started undergoing regular massage treatments. Impressed by how quickly these allayed her pain, she underwent more than 1,500 hours of training to become a licensed massage therapist herself. Now, as the owner of In Essence Day Spa, she supervises treatments ranging from massages to facials. The spa's membership program encourages clients to treat these services as recurring components of a long-term healing routine instead of as isolated indulgences.
The staff at Essence Day Spa administers prenatal massages to help ease expectant mothers' bearing pains. She also practices specialized massages, including lymphatic-drainage, hot-stone, and cranial-sacral modalities. Her spa staff takes equal care to address chronic symptoms, both mental and physical, using therapeutic massages designed to relive pain and soreness from repetitive motions and minor accidents. Structural-integration sessions help align the body for better posture and movement. Maintaining the emphasis on long-term care, skin treatments can be administered in sets of one, three, or six appointments, rather than just a one-time dousing with lotion from a fire hose.