As its name would suggest, Thai massage shapes most of the treatments found on Balance Traditional Thai Massage and Spa's menu. Clients can choose traditional sessions that integrate reflexology, stretching, and kneading with the palms, feet, and forearms, or variations that introduce heated herbal compresses or prenatal techniques.
At both locations, sessions are performed in curtained-off areas strewn with colorful duvets and pillows. The waiting rooms help clients find peace with colorful flowers and magazines detailing George Clooney's newfound appreciation for nonmodels.
When Earthbody looks to hire new massage therapists and licensed aestheticians, it doesn't consider recent graduates—rather, it's looking for people with years of training and experience beneath their belts, and who still love what they do. It wants people who are healers at heart, able to lavish each client with skillful services and attention. Each detail at Earthbody has been carried out with similar mindfulness—from the spa's own line of organic body and facial products, all crafted in small batches in San Francisco, to little luxuries such as heated and infused foot towels and complimentary tea service.
To set the mood, the staff lights soy candles and tea lights, which burn cleanly so that even those with allergies can breathe easily. Surrounded by this soft glow, aestheticians renew skin with facials or treat bodies to massages that not only make muscles feel great but also uproot deep-seated tension. After each session—be it a couples massage or hot-oil Indian scalp treatment—the staff can compost, recycle, or launder everything used during the sessions. Dr. Shawn Goozh, a licensed clinical psychologist, also offers somatic-psychotherapy sessions that use bodywork to deepen traditional psychotherapy.
The staff's attention to detail hasn't gone unnoticed by the media. "This intimate Hayes Valley spot is more healing center than mere day spa," writes the San Francisco Bay Guardian. "Therapists are trained in several modalities and develop custom sessions for every client, including consultations before and after treatment." In 2010, SF Weekly named Earthbody its pick for best day spa, citing its "ecological sustainability and ancient holistic rites."
Most Popular Service: 60-minute in-home massage
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Relax in the comfort of your home and we'll bring the spa to you.
Q&A with the Founder
Do you use any products or brands you're particularly proud of? What makes them uniquely effective?
All Unwind Me therapists come with a massage table, high-quality sheets, massage lotions and oils, and everything else needed to bring the spa experience to your home.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
We ask each of our massage therapists while interviewing them which cartoon or animated character they would most like to give a massage to and why, and have gotten some stellar responses including: The Tazmanian Devil, Wonder Woman, Popeye, and more.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Brief about Unwind Me:
Unwind Me is making massage simpler than ever before. They remove the hassles of booking, scheduling, and easily receiving a high quality massage. You can now find high quality therapists, book in minutes, all scheduling and payment is done online - and you can receive the massage in the comfort of your own home.
With Unwind Me, every detail is taken care of. Their professional, high-quality therapists are licensed by the state of California, have 500+ hours of training each, have passed background checks, and come with everything needed for a high-quality massage experience: professional massage table, soothing oils/lotions, and spa-grade sheets—not to mention a few tricks of the trade unique to Unwind Me.
Three thriving locations and a slew of press from outlets such as Teen Vogue and Fox News make a strong case for the success of LaBelle Day Spas & Salons. But the true testament to the salon and spa's success lies, quite literally, in the hands of owner and skincare specialist Bella Schneider. Bella is the winner of the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Crystal Award and has spent almost four decades helping clients including Audrey Hepburn and Michelle Pfeiffer, obtain healthy, glowing complexions.
Her humble European background led her to the salon where she would receive an apprenticeship at the young age of 14. This moment became the catalyst to her skincare career, which included earning an Economics degree in the States before opening the first LaBelle Day Spa and Salon in 1976. And even though she added two more locations by the late 1980's, the mission for each beauty haven has remained the same: to provide European-quality treatments that are science-based.
Bella and her team—which includes her daughter and grandson—use her personally-formulated line of products to ensure effective results during each service, which range from vitamin-infused facials to mani-pedis enhanced by essential oils and advanced body-contouring Endermologie treatments. LaBella's team also guarantees an exceptional experience by offering spa guests a relaxing foot soak. In the salons, master stylists and colorists customized hair services by using advanced balayage and precision cutting techniques, while Pilates instructors teach private lessons so clients can perfect their posture, alignment, and grace.
Six Things to Know About Suchada
At three locations, Suchada teleports visitors to Thailand-inspired oases of relaxation. Inside, therapists soothe aches and pains using traditional Thai massage and healing techniques.
Read on the learn more before your visit:
The business has a long legacy. The original Suchada was founded in Thailand in the late 1940s by the current owner's grandmother.
They’re experts when it comes to traditional Thai massage. They perform gentle stretching and yoga postures atop wooden platforms, just as they do in Thailand.
Suchada isn’t a one-trick pony. Massage therapists administer many other treatments, from foot reflexology to Thai herbal massage—a modality that incorporates a compress prepared with traditional Thai herbs, lemongrass, and kaffir lime.
Every massage therapist has honed his or her craft. They have undergone formal massage training in the United States. Most have also studied in Thailand, and some have even attended the distinguished Wat Po school.
Guests should keep conversations on point. Only curtains separate you and other guests, so Suchada requests chit-chat stays at a minimum. They still encourage an open dialogue about the massage itself, though, including requests to change pressure (strong, medium or soft) or avoid any hidden ‘’’off” switches on the body.
It’s worth sticking around after your massage.
The staff graciously pours post-treatment tea with fresh fruit, which visitors can sip near the serene lotus pond.
The Press Box: SenSpa
Walk along the right trail in Presidio National Park and you’ll eventually come upon an old World War I army barracks. There’s more to this historic spot that meets the eye, though. While the building’s exterior looks much like it did a century ago, the interior has transformed into a modern, eco-friendly oasis of holistic beauty and healing known as SenSpa. Read on for more ways the spa defies the norm:
“...an old ammunition warehouse turned Asian-style day spa, isn’t something you see hiking around Yellowstone either. I lounge by the fire and treat myself to an expert Thai massage.” — Sunset Magazine
“Here you’ll find the full range of spa services – massage, facial, waxing, aromatherapy and more – plus a sophisticated approach to holistic healing based on Chinese medicine.” — Yogi Times
“SenSpa’s SenSational Romantic Escape for Two is the perfect getaway for newlyweds or that special Valentine.” — Centry
“Allowing the sun to pour in means the spa doesn’t require as much electric light… The lounge’s walls are made of recycled and acrylic bamboo.” InStyle
“ The spa is also home to a resident Master Aromatherapist who creates all of SenSpa’s unique essential oils (and will custom-blend products for clients) as well as a filtered-water system…” — Aishti Magazine