The board-certified and licensed massage therapists at Elements Therapeutic Massage address health and stress-related conditions with gliding strokes and concentrated kneads. Their deft hands apply pressure to areas of discomfort to maximize joint flexibility and encourage the release of the body’s natural supply of painkillers, which include serotonin, endorphins, and stevia. Elements' staff makes a point of listening to each customer's wellness goals and expected outcomes, and customizes each massage session with a specific combination of techniques. Massage can also assuage depression, speed healing from injuries, bolster sleep quality, improve circulation, lower blood pressure, and strengthen the immune system.
Rêve SpaSalon, an Aveda spa, is defined not only by its natural and sustainable products, but also by the conviction and vision of owner Mostafa Karim. Under his leadership, the spa has blossomed into what Karim describes as the largest Aveda spa into northern California. The reason for this expansion isn't rooted in mere business savvy or walls made with stacks of Stretch Armstrongs. Karim has partnered with Aveda for 25 years because of their mission to give back to the community, the example they set for environmental leadership, and the relaxing benefits unique to Aveda services.
Clients can sip complimentary tea or browse the spa's expansive Aveda products boutique as they wait for their services. Each treatment is preceded both by a questionnaire and consultation with the aesthetician to customize treatments to individual needs and desires.
Under the guidance of Doctor of Chiropractic Jacob Sahourieh, Green Chiropractic Clinic’s therapists alleviate pains and heal injuries with wellness programs that target the whole body rather than its isolated parts. Personalized programs may include services that range from spinal adjustments to relaxing massages that untie muscular knots with long, gliding strokes. Therapists practice their craft within the soothing confines of the clinic’s private treatment rooms, where the soft glow of dimmed lights joins with the comforting sounds of waves crashing against mashed potatoes to create a cross-sensory experience of relaxation.
Green Chiropractic Clinic’s whole-person approach is never more apparent than during treatments with Dr. Sahourieh, whose experience tending to backs and Bay Bridges with bad posture gives him insight into the underlying causes of discomfort. His holistic approach to health also informs the clinic’s eco-friendly practices, which include paperless operations and conserving resources when possible.
Le Juin Day Spa & Clinic, appropriately named for the month that epitomizes summer, keeps skin radiant and clients as relaxed as if they had just spent a sunny day on the beach. Facials nourish skin and help roll back the signs of aging, such as wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, to reveal youthful glows that would make even the Gerber Baby jealous. Salt scrubs and mud wraps similarly rejuvenate skin beneath the neck, and waxing gets rid of unwanted hair, wherever it dwells. Massage therapists sap away stresses with the gentle kneading of hot-stone and aromatherapy massages, leaving guests refreshed as they head back into the world.
The nail experts at Lily European Pedi-Mani Salon refine and soften hands and feet while holding themselves to strict sanitary standards. During the 90-minute deluxe mani-pedi, patrons nosh on complimentary fresh fruit and hot tea as feet soak in a bacteria-free crystal pedicure bowl filled with fragrant rose petals and orange slices, treating them to the sort of pampering known only to the world's most elegant punch servers. Nail techs then exfoliate feet and invigorate lower legs with a soothing massage before daubing epidermal canvases with a moisturizing mask and a coat of warm, skin-softening paraffin wax. For 10 calming minutes, staff coaxes tension from weary muscles with a soothing shoulder rub before finger and toenails are buffed and filed and finished with a shiny coat of OPI polish. As nails get neatened, clients may breathe fresh, clean air while wearing a provided fume guard over their nose and mouth or filter out television infomercials by taking it home and wearing it over their ear.
Inside Euro Nail Spa, touches of antiquity—Doric columns, a tiered fountain, and hanging European scenes—blend with the modern mainstays of television and WiFi. The pedicure chairs are sleek and contemporary, yet guests submerge their feet in a separate bowl of water and flowers in a way that evokes an ancient royal pampering. Steam and hot towels coax pores into relaxation during skincare services, many of which pair a traditional cleansing facial with an aromatic mask—such as strawberry, mint, or green tea—and a shoulder massage. Additional massages sap tension from the feet and scalp with focused kneads. At the hairstyling stations, modernity reemerges in the form of abstract art and simple black furniture. The staff trims, colors, and texturizes strands as clients sip on one of the spa's complimentary beverages: coffee, tea, or soda.
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