You’ve probably heard the words cryotherapy, CBD and gold leaf facials, but have you ever thought about trying one of these trendy treatments for yourself? Backed by modern science and global traditions that span thousands of years, local day spas and wellness centers have been making old-world treatments new again for decades here in San Francisco. And we’re totally on board.
Keep reading to find out where you can float, soak, relax and get covered in goat’s milk right here in San Francisco.
In 1984, Burke Williams created the original urban day spa inspired by world-class European spas. Available in ten different communities throughout California, their treatments include massage therapy, facials and skin care, baths, chiropractic treatments, nail care and more.
The Burke Williams Wetroom Treatments landed them on our list of San Francisco’s unique spa experiences. These massages and full body immersions happen in the wetroom where specially designed shower heads constantly stream water onto your body. The Hunters Retreat involves a cleansing with wheat stalks soaked in exotic essential oils, or you can choose Savannah’s Surrender to be enveloped warm organic mud.
Though located south of San Francisco in Palo Alto, this team has been making headlines all over the country for their glamorous and travel-worthy treatments. In 1976 after moving to the Bay Area from Europe, Bella opened her flagship LaBelle Day Spa & Salon in a 700 square foot space in San Francisco. Today, you’ll find LaBelle in two Palo Alto locations where you’ll also find treatments like the Caviar & Carat which combines a caviar ampoule, honey, seabuckthorn and pure gold with ultrasound for a deeply penetrating rejuvenation. For even more gold, you can add gold leafing treatments to the face, neck and chest.
Project Zen is a cozy massage therapy facility in the heart of North Beach where the team offers a peaceful oasis for the mind and body. Their therapists specialize in detox therapies, Swedish and Thai massage, deep tissue, trigger point, foot reflexology, Shiatsu and hot stone.
One of the trendiest treatments they offer is cupping, which you may have seen evidence of on professional and Olympic athletes in the last few years. Cupping therapy uses negative pressure rather than compression to relax soft tissue, loosen and lift connective structures, and break up and drain stagnant toxins. Good for anyone with tight muscles, these treatments may leave you with characteristic circular bruises for a few days afterward.
With facilities in the Mission, Marina and Rockridge neighborhoods of San Francisco and Oakland, Reboot is a float spa, cryotherapy center and infrared sauna facility that began right here in San Francisco. The inspiring origin story includes Joe Rogan, ayahuasca and global backpacking travels, but it all resulted in founder Mike Garrett building his own float tank and sharing his passion with the world.
According to the Reboot website, floating is “likely the most relaxing thing you’ll ever do.” Inside a sensory deprivation tank, you’ll float on top of a skin temperature solution of 1,000 lbs of Epsom salt and water in total darkness to create the perfect setting for complete meditation and release. Learn more here.
Serving San Francisco for more than 50 years, Kabuki Springs & Spa is a Japanese-inspired bathhouse in the heart of Japantown. The Springs half of Kabuki includes a hot pool heated to 104 degrees, a cold pool at 55 degrees, a dry sauna, a steam room and more. In the day spa, the diverse menu of treatments covers eastern and western massage, facials, full body treatments, rituals and more.
If you opt for an eastern massage, you can enjoy a traditional Thai yoga massage, while western massages include options with CBD oils. To learn more about all their spa treatments listed online, click here.
Earthbody is a day spa focused on holistic healing to promote physical, mental and emotional health, and their eco-friendly practices also protect the earth. Using completely organic oils that are cold-pressed and raw, they tailor treatments to each individual whether you want a traditional facial or a cannabis-infused, full body massage. Their impressive line-up of cannabis-infused rituals blends herb-infused massage oils with Cannabinoids (CBD) to help relieve pain, inflammation and tension without any psychoactive effects.
The team at SenSpa covers treatments for just about every style, body part and issue from alignment and acupuncture all the way to LED light therapy and an infrared sauna. Among this impressive lineup of physical treatments, our favorite section is the seasonal treatments which include things like a Spiced Chai Shodana during the winter months and coffee scrubs during the summer.
One of the newest additions at SenSpa is the Somadome, a personal meditation dome that integrates three healing modalities to assist in meditation and holistic alignment for the mind and body. Using a guided or unguided meditation, the solo treatment also utilizes traditional color theory and binaural beat technology.
At Siam Orchid, the team combines techniques and experiences in traditional Thai massage, aroma Thai massage, herbal remedies, Swedish massage, deep tissue treatments, and reflexology for full-body rejuvenation you get through an appointment or just as a walk-in.
Their Siam Orchid Signature Massage is a great starter for anyone who hasn’t tried Thai massage, and it combines therapeutic techniques from both traditional Thai and western massage practices. The Siam Orchid Retreat Massage ends with a Thai herbal compress perfect to relieve heavy and deep tension.
Spa Radiance is one of the city’s most luxurious day spas offering results-oriented, full body treatments inside a beautifully renovated historic building in Cow Hollow. The team’s beauty and wellness treatments include facials, massages, waxing and tanning, as well as makeup application and brow maintenance. And the menu of body treatments features ingredients like cocoa butter, algae and lavender. The Red Rose Body Treatment is a decadent experience that utilizes rose mud, fully immersive rose aromatherapy and rose oil.
One of the best venues in the city to experience a traditional Thai massage, Suchada offers a unique ambiance inspired by Thai temples complete with authentic design, artwork and music. Located in the Embarcadero, Design District and Dolores Park, the entire team is made up of 40 specialists offering 50 different services—and they’ve been doing so for more than 10 years. Book your appointment today to find out what a Thai massage can really do for your body.
Offering unique services and a unique business model, Sweet Asylum is a collective of beauty industry professionals working independently as micro-entrepreneurs. You can meet those pros online here and take a look at their services in skin, hair and nail treatments.
The Milky Way is the reason Sweet Asylum landed on this list. The facial whips your skin into shape with a gentle lactic acid peel, vanilla and goat’s milk enzyme and a mare’s milk mask.
Banya is a Russian term that describes a facility or public bathhouse designed as a place to experience dry or wet heat sessions that combine steam and high heat for full body cleansing. Archimedes Banya here in San Francisco brings together the ancient traditions of Greek laconica, Turkish hammam, German thermen, Russian banya and modern technology to create an experience like none other. And, while enjoying the benefits of detoxes and ice-cold plunges, you can enjoy a full menu of food and drinks in the bar and dining rooms.
Some of the banya’s most interesting treatments include a Mustard And Beer Hammam Body Wash and Scrub which is a white mustard and beer emulsion full body mask. Or, choose the Venik Platza, a Russian steam therapy that uses a tree leaf venik to carefully lash the body for just a few minutes at a time.