From fun nail art to haircare, the staff at Yosemite's Elite Salon and Spa beautifies clients with an array of pampering services. Mani-pedis or gel polishes keep hands and feet polished and pretty, whereas facials, microdermabrasion treatments, and scrubs leave skin healthy and glowing. Staff members also leave skin smooth with waxing services and gild physiques with spray tans.
As he revealed in a 2011 issue of Fresno magazine, Jaber Audi first discovered alternative healing methodologies after injuring his back. Rather than risk the side effects associated with modern medication, he sought relief through various holistic therapies, including acupressure, craniosacral therapy, and aqua massage. Deeply impressed with the procedures’ effectiveness at naturally relieving pain, he went on to learn their techniques and open his own health spa, Touch of Japan.
By balancing the mind, body, and spirit, Jaber and his resident massage therapist, Sandy, have led clients to health and the spa to two Best Day Spa titles from Central Valley’s People Choice Awards. Clients can stop in for a range of treatments—sometimes incorporated into a single session—including lymph drainage, shiatsu, and relaxing Swedish massages. To alleviate chronic headaches and muscular pain, the spa encourages clients to enroll in preventative maintenance every week or month, depending on how often they want to play hooky from work.
Certified massage therapist Satchmo Gonzales allays aches and kneads away knots with a diverse range of soothing modalities, including Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages. He aims to disentangle chronically stiff muscles with myofascial-release treatments, and helps to assuage allergy symptoms with acupressure sessions. During every treatment, he targets stress and tension as he flaunts his arsenal of skills, further cultivating comfort with holistic techniques such as cupping and gua sha.
Nail technician Arianna Genini tops nails with artwork ranging from intricate patterns to strawberries and flowers. In addition to traditional acrylic nails, she can coat both real and faux nails with glitter so talons go on shimmering whether they're covered in polish or shamelessly nude. Arianna works inside Trésorle Salon and Spa alongside other hair, massage, and skincare specialists.
Whereas other staff members at Mind, Body & Massage Spa help clients feel good with stretching and massages, Emily Rossotti helps clients look good with facial services. She offers numerous facials, including those that focus on the back or the skincare needs of men or teens. She also provides alpha-beta, lactic acid, and glycolic peels, which exfoliate and brighten complexions. Waxing and body wraps round out her services.
Dr. Gregory Stafford had tried nearly everything. After suffering from back pain for several years, he unsuccessfully attempted to fix his pain with drugs and spinal injections, stopping short of surgery. Instead, and the behest of his wife, he went to a chiropractor. The pain quickly dissolved and changed his life so dramatically that he quit his job at a pharmaceutical rep and went back to school to become a chiropractor.
Now at the helm of his own clinic, he fixes his patients vertebra by vertebra with consultations and digital x-rays that unearth the cause of pain. Alleviating aches and strengthening bodies is a number of services including massages, adjustments, and exercises such as pushups with an exercise ball or bench-pressing Dr. Stafford.