Licensed aesthetician Carol Zubrin and her talented team beautify frontispieces and relieve stress with cleansing and soothing treatments. Staffers wield organic products as often as possible during services in an effort to provide an all-natural, noninvasive approach to skincare. The healing facial, accentuated by an indulgent hot-stone massage, sloughs off dead skin cells and cleanses pores deeply with a minimal extraction. The one-hour Reiki and sound healing session takes advantage of a lighter-handed approach, with practitioners placing hands on or slightly above patients' fully clothed bodies in order to improve energy flow and balance.
At D'Arte Salon & Spa, old-fashioned wooden dressers line the lightly colored walls beneath a collection of tulip light fixtures and round mirrors. Here, stylists spin black styling chairs around for clients to ease into, before going to work with bottles of Pureology products in hand, cutting and coloring hair for both men and women. A flood of natural sunlight pours through the salon's french doors to illuminate the new styles and help clients use their wrist-mounted sundials.
Massage therapists often help only the individuals they treat, but Carol Carpenter had a broader vision than that. She copied the notes she took when studying massage therapy and opened her own school in Oakland, elucidating Eastern styles, Western styles, and kinesiology alike. Eventually, the school was supplied federal financial aid through the U.S. Department of Education and became one of the first accredited massage schools in California. Today, it spans seven campuses and has garnered a mention in the book The History of Massage.The school aims to prepare students for careers they’ll love, and the program boasts an 85% job-placement rate. The curriculum demands that students complete a 744-hour program, which includes anatomy study, hands-on practice with real clients, and massaging life into a mannequin.
Christina Marino, Alternative Health Care Concepts' chief healer, amalgamates Chinese methods, homeopathy, massage manipulations, and indigenous medicine, techniques she says has helped her treat more than 50,000 people. Marino employs traditional Eastern techniques—including acupuncture, herbal medicine, and cupping—to alleviate such ailments as migraine headaches, poor circulation, and leaping spleen. She attempts to channel energy through her own body to rebalance clients’ chakras during energetic healing sessions, and realigns wayward vertebrae to lessen back, neck, and joint pain through massage manipulation. Life coaching keeps recently treated patrons on the right track, as journal entries and daily affirmations help clients uncover their life's purpose and remember their favorite ice-cream flavor.
2Be Trim’s nonsurgical treatments fine-tune beauty and health. The motorized rollers of Lipomassage reduce the appearance of cellulite, targeting adipose tissue and inciting fat breakdown. Parafango wraps take a different approach, fending off cellulite and hail damage that looks like cellulite through the thermal effects of paraffin and sea mud. Colonics and ear-candling sessions flush out impurities, and waxing services rid bodies of unwanted hair.