For certified massage therapist Daniel Morales, massages that merely relax the body are doing only half their jobs. Whereas some massages induce sleepy serenity, his therapeutic strokes focus on vanquishing pain. Deep-tissue and trigger-point massages deliver firm, cross-grain strokes to break apart adhesions and root out imbedded knots, and sports massages lengthen the muscles to alleviate stiffness.
While people share tons of traits in common, you’re the only one in the world with skin exactly like yours. That's why the technicians at Natina Day Spa formulate their facials based on each individual's tone and texture. This customization process revolves around the spa's signature product: MVP skincare by Dr. Divina. MVP––an acronym for Molecular, Viability, and Potentiate––combines fruit enzymes, algae extract, and blended copies of Time magazine to naturally reduce signs of aging. The spa’s beautification processes also extend beyond the face; waxing sessions remove unwanted hair, body contouring slims down silhouettes, and soothing aromatherapy and bodywork sessions bust up stress from the comfort of private treatment rooms.
A portrait of fashion icon Marilyn Monroe overlooks the stations at Carmen Laines Beauty Salon & Spa. Among the skin care services the spa offers are rejuvenating, express, European, and vitamin C facials along with acne treatments and microdermabrasions. Laines is a licensed cosmetologist and aesthetician who has more than 3,000 hours of education. The Carrington College of California alumnus also performs makeup and eyelash services.
The staff at Hands of Healing Massage & Spa Studio aims to provide physical and mental renewal during every massage or aesthetic appointment as trickling fountains and soft music elevate treatments to experiences for the senses. Heated massage tables play host to couples, expectant mothers, and those who carry friends around in fanny packs as therapists coax pain and tension from backs and shoulders. Licensed aestheticians help skin appear more radiant with a slate of facials and four-layer face-lifts, which tighten and lighten the skin through nourishing doses of vitamin C, glycolic acid, and active enzymes. Rounding out the center’s talents, makeup artists accentuate features with Mary Kay cosmetics and lash extensions, and manicurists add a glossy pop to each digit with luxury manicures and pedicures.
The nail technicians at Bella Piaz Salon & Spa focus on beautifying natural nails. Eschewing acrylics—and the fumes and damaging drilling that come with them—they daub their clients’ fingertips with non-formaldehyde polish or CND Shellac. Elsewhere in the salon, a trio of stylists cuts, colors, and adorns hair with feather and tinsel extensions. In the spa, staffers whip up customized facials to target acne and rosacea, or treat guests to other services such as waxing, aromatherapeutic massages, and spa parties for all occasions.
For more than nine years, certified massage therapist Michelle has trained her hands to seek out soreness and tension buried deep within clients’ musculature. She uses carefully practiced techniques, such as the luxuriating strokes of Swedish massage, the circulation-stimulating manipulations of lymphatic-drainage massage, and the closed-fist raps that bring unclaimed wishes within your grasp. Add-ons such as heated river rocks, skin-nourishing salt glows, and foot soaks enhance her massage sessions, delivered as clients stretch out under a plush comforter in a room imbued with the warm, soft glow of a jar of fireflies.