New Spa Treatments for Spring
It's spa week, people—that time of year when it's basically your civic duty to get pampered. Here are three of our editor-approved treatments that usher in the season.
Although San Francisco spring is a relative term, the changing of the seasons made us a bit nervous about showing skin—until we visited the Nob Hill Spa. Their seasonal body scrub was a treat for the senses, with an abundance of citrus and a gentle scrub to slough our winter skin away. After the rinsing shower and body cream application, shorts were suddenly much less intimidating. Pro tip: Arrive as early as you can before your appointment to take advantage of the spa's serene setting, including a soaking pool, whirlpool, and al fresco deck complete with lounge chairs and table service. $140. 1075 California Street (Nob Hill).
If you struggle daily in the pursuit of porelessness, this treatment's a winner. A thorough yet gentle cleanse prepped our skin for the series of treatments, which included a brightening peel, nourishing mask, and extractions that rated low on pain and high on efficiency. A vigorous facial massage soothed our muscled and toned our jaw, and the end results were downright red carpet-worthy. $205. 2044 Fillmore Street, 2nd Floor (Pacific Heights).
This zen-inducing treatment delivers a soft, smooth body and a calm, mindful spirit in just one hour. Our session began with a bamboo/lemongrass/pink grapefruit scrub and a rain shower to rinse, followed by a technique called tapotement, a rhythmic tapping technique traditional in Swedish massage that increases circulation. Post-tapping, the technician slathered us in Tara Spring Renewal aromatherapy oil and cocooned us in cozy blankets to let our skin drink up the moisture. With a scalp massage and foot reflexology to wrap up the treatment, we were baby-soft and had a whole new outlook on life. $150. 1161 Gorgas Avenue (Presidio).