When a friend says he's got your back, he might be an enemy trying to steal your most massageable body part. Beware of relaxation bandits with today's Groupon: for $99, you get a 60-minute Aveda Elemental Nature massage, 60-minute Aveda Elemental Nature facial plus sauna and steam amenities at Rêve SpaSalon in downtown San Mateo (a $205 value).
As one of the largest Aveda spas in Northern California, Rêve personalizes each one-hour Elemental Nature massage based upon the Aveda Elemental Nature philosophy and the favorite Aveda aromas of individual noses ($85). Rather than kneading your name in cursive, the personalized treatment will utilize a blend of techniques that may include Swedish, deep tissue, acupressure, reflexology, and, when gestationally appropriate, prenatal. A one-hour Elemental Nature facial ($85) applies the same levels of pampering care to the face, with a fully customized mixture of serums and services to satisfy any type of skin.
Either way, Groupon clients can stop sweating the small things or the giant pieces of furniture that weigh down living-room rearrangements with all-day access to steam-room and sauna amenities ($35 value). Arrive early to enjoy the heat therapies before your appointment, heat-treat your smile to a burnished gleam, or continue to melt muscles beyond the post-massage soft-butter stage afterward. And with ample parking, even the world right outside the salon is a sanctuary of serenity.
Reviewers are mixed on services but praise the décor. Yelpers give Rêve SpaSalon an average of three stars.
Luxury Spa, an Aveda spa, nourishes faces and bodies with natural and sustainable products made from plant botanicals. Guests can sip complimentary tea or browse the spa's expansive Aveda products boutique as they wait for their relaxing services. They then head back to cozy, private treatment rooms, where an aesthetician or massage therapist performs a consultation and reads their dream journal in order to create a customized treatment.
These include everything from Elemental facials, which treat such conditions as acne, fine lines, and dryness, to massages enhanced with soothing Aveda aromas. Over in the nail salon, technicians groom finger- and toenails before swiping on vibrant coats of polish.