When applied to the body, grocery bags can conceal unsightly blemishes, hangnails, and back knots tied during last year's Twister Olympics. Emerge from brown-paper cocoons for full-body pampering with today's Groupon to Inspiration Day Spa in Menlo Park. Choose from the following treatments:
- For $40, you get a mani-pedi (up to an $85 value).
- For $50, you get a 60-minute massage (up to a $115 value).
- For $60, you get a 60-minute facial (up to a $125 value).
Let Inspiration Day Spa’s staff clean, buff, and shape nails to pearly perfection during any one of five mani-pedi treatments. Spoil dehydrated digits with an aromatic, anti-oxidizing chocolate mani-pedi ($85), which smoothes out chipped nails and calluses while pacifying palates with a complimentary chocolate truffle. The Inspiration special ($55) zeros in on nails and cuticles before a relaxing massage and polish application, while the hot stone mani-pedi ($85) erodes stress boulders with pebbly kneading and aromatherapy.
If your eleven digits are in fine working order, opt for one of seven 60-minute massages. During the Swedish ($85), deep tissue ($110), and Inspiration signature * ($95) massages, the mitten fillers of a master massage therapist will skate smooth circles and figure eights on the surface of your back, boosting circulation, oxygenating muscles, and promoting peacefulness. Let *hot stones ($110) penetrate lower backs to melt muscles, or employ ancient energy meridians in a shiatsu massage ($115) as skilled sciatic-ientists stimulate pressure points to rebalance bods. Moms-to-be can opt for a prenatal massage in lieu of the serene thrash-metal paintball sessions prohibited by pregnancy.
Three 60-minute facials tighten pores, tickling dermal glowworms into luminous activity. The men's executive facial ($95) cleanses and exfoliates beard-growing surfaces, toning and rejuvenating follicle forests charred by razor slash-and-burn. A purifying teen facial ($85) includes a mask and acne treatment, and the oxygen facial ($125) manipulates pure oxygen's detoxifying powers to slap away the grizzled hand of Father Time.
Inspiration Day Spa tailors body, skin, and nail treatments to individuals with personalized pampering sessions. Patrons pursuing the facial or massage options can upgrade to longer, more expensive services by applying the highest value of their Groupon and paying the difference.
Though reviews are mixed on customer service, Yelpers praise the quality of work at Inspiration Day Spa and give it an average of three stars:
- I am Extremely happy with my facial. It was the best facial that I have had in a long time. I can see immediate results. In fact, the entire time I was getting the facial, I was thinking about booking my next facial. It was That Good. – may a.
- …I always come away feeling pampered and refreshed. Best of all, my skin looks younger, I feel more attractive, and I notice people smiling at me. – Lucy S.
Inspiration Day Spa
Owner and lead aesthetician Mahin Shafai opened Inspiration Day Spa in 2000, to take guests "away from the stressful modern world and provide a soothing escape to a peaceful place.” A 30-year veteran of the skincare industry, Shafai strives to offer the same type of luxurious spa services typically offered at high-end resorts and most Beverly Hills laundromats, including chakra-cleansing Japanese lava-stone massages and Dead Sea facials. Full-body waxing and slimming body wraps help visitors prepare for real vacations, and makeup services help ready faces for a night on the town, complete with lash tinting and custom-blended foundations.
To encourage clients to carry their newfound tranquility home with them, Shafai and her staff also carry a full line of retail products by Babor, DNA, and Yonka, and can customize an at-home regimen upon request.