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 one-hour Aveda Elemental Nature massage, a one-hour 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 SpaSalon personalizes each one-hour Elemental Nature massage ($85) based on the Aveda Elemental Nature philosophy and the favorite Aveda aromas of individual noses. Rather than kneading your name in cursive, the personalized treatment uses a blend of techniques that may include Swedish, deep tissue, acupressure, reflexology, and, when gestationally appropriate, prenatal. The one-hour Elemental Nature facial applies the same levels of pampering to the face using a fully customized mixture of serums and services to satisfy any type of skin ($85).
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). 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 postmassage, soft-butter stage. And with ample parking, even the world right outside the salon is a sanctuary of serenity.
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.