The flavors of the holidays make for many culinary delights. That is a given. Pumpkin, cranberry, apple, vanilla, cinnamon and peppermint are flavors that reoccur every year, yet always seem fresh. At a time when calendars quickly fill up and consumption of all sorts is increased, taking the time to indulge in you should be a priority. And receiving the gift of relaxation and indulgence is one of the best ideas around. Several local spas have tweaked their menus to include seasonal ingredients. We pick five of the most delicious.
You’ll have to wait until April for Spa Week, the national event that prompts over 800 spas nationwide to gift beauty indulgers with $50 treatments for one week only. In the meantime, you can prep for what’s ahead by setting yourself up with a chance to win seven hours of bliss at Oakland day spa Body by Melissa.
As part of Spa Week’s first annual wellness giveaway, the package will be bestowed upon one lucky winner from the Bay Area.
The seriously envy-inducing prize includes:
- 90-minute full body lymphatic drainage treatment with massage
If you think the only place for farmer’s market edibles is on your table, think again. Another destination for seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs? Your face. Cow Hollow’s Spa Radiance will be happy to slather you in locally-grown goodness from the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market in its new series of all-natural, Bar None facials.
Free of toxic ingredients, synthetic fragrances and parabens, the 30-minute mini treatments ($75) use spa-grade products from the organic skin care line Eminence alongside fresh fruits and vegetables from such purveyors as Dirty Girl Produce and Mendocino County’s Apple Farm.
For Glamwatch’s end-of-the-year posting, guest blogger and 7x7 editorial assistant Sydney Pfaff has scoured the city for her post-New Year’s-partying relaxation picks. Check out these 7 sweet spots that will help you look and feel like a whole new you.
Among all the streamers and sparkles, the new year brings something we all dread: bills, bills and more bills. Instead of stressing out, pay a visit to Kabuki Springs & Spa for a quick session of acupuncture ($80), an ancient Chinese treatment that is guaranteed to release your post-holiday stress. 1750 Geary St., 415-922-6000