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Published Thursday May 16, 2019 by Brittany Raine

Our Go-To Bay Area Beauty Guide

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The Bay Area has a serious beauty scene. But somewhere between blowouts and brow waxes, it can be hard to keep up with the best places to get your self-care on, especially if you’re on the hunt for a new go-to spot. And trust us, nothing is worse than a bad manicure. 

Check out these four beauty businesses and treatments next time you’re looking for a trustworthy (and simply fabulous) appointment.  

 

FACIAL

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Pretty Parlor 
483 Guerrero Street, San Francisco 
Holistic hair and skin care 
A collective of experienced skincare, hair, and waxing gurus, Pretty Parlor offers an array of effective and natural beauty services. When it’s time to treat yourself, book The Cadillac. This facial is all about relaxation—with a capital R. You’ll start with sparkling wine or herbal tea and get an hour of relaxation featuring skin analysis, lifting massage, nourishing serums, and more. 

 

NAILS 

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Rock and Polish
127 2nd Street, Oakland
Manicures and pedicures 
Offering a variety of nail services, get pampered and primped at this cute and quaint loft-style salon in Oakland. If you’re looking to give your nails a break, Rock and Polish’s Gel Rehab Manicure is all about strengthening, hydration and nourishment. Because we all know what it feels like after you get gel manicures. The technicians will leave your nails feeling restored and brand new, no polish required!  

 

HAIR 

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Cloak and Dagger 
372 Ritch Street, San Francisco
Fierce hairstyles + color 
When it comes to hair in SF, Cloak and Dagger is a hidden gem. Located in a SoMa art studio, this not-so-secret salon will easily up your hair game. Whether you want a new look or tapping into the latest trend, Cloak and Dagger pro-stylist will leave you looking fresh. 


MASSAGE

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The Fix Berkley
3362 Adeline Street, Berkley 
Urban spa + wellness center 
Nestled in the heart of South Berkley, this oasis is a co-op between skin and body experts. Offering everything from facials with crystals to waxing, their massages are all about relieving stress and reducing pain. The Full Fix Massage is a must-book aromatherapy massage experience. Not only will you feel good, but this massage can also help reduce anxiety, increase circulation, and boost energy at the hands of the best therapists around.

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
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Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?
Fitness
Published Monday Sep 21, 2020 by Sara Lesher

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?

That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the frayHas a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? 

So, why should we care about online gym memberships? 

There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.

Let’s break this down: 

1. Scheduling convenience 

A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine. 

2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19 

And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.  

With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room. 

3. Variety 

We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.  

With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours. 

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?

 

4. Working out without a commute 

My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work. 

5. Community 

Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?  

We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind. 

 
Interested yet?

Sara Lesher
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Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).