Nirmala Nataraj

SF Station Writer

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Valentineís Day at Home
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jan 08, 2008)
Spa Dee Dah is an Oakland-based at-home spa company that delivers on uber-pampering, while dispensing with all the rules and rituals that can make your typical spa feel more tedious than restful. And if youíre feeling the need for just a wee bit of hedonism, unnecessarily commodious locker rooms can easily be traded in for a simple bolster, massage table and microwaveable moist towels. And who needs a steam room when thereís nothing more hedonistic than a post-treatment nap? More »
Real Massages for Regular People
By Nirmala Nataraj (Dec 25, 2008)
As someone who can boast an intimate relationship with carpel tunnel, Iíll take a real massage over fluffy robes and all-purpose Eastern chanting any day. Not the kind administered by a prissy therapist in some froufy, suited-up day spa, but the [i]real[/i] kind -- complete with a firm, dexterous touch and a keen knowledge of the pretzel forms various muscle groups tend to contort into. More »
Hedonism and Health Wrapped in One
By Nirmala Nataraj (Dec 18, 2008)
If youíre into health and wellness, you probably eat organic, go to yoga three times a week and have a sound meditation practice. If youíre into pampering and pure indulgence, youíre more likely to find yourself lounging on a spa throne and getting a pedicure while sipping red wine and gabbing on your cell phone. Needless to say, creating a balance between hedonism and health seems kind of contradictory, but now both yoga buffs and spa babies can bliss out at Yoga Kula, which offers the best of both worlds. More »
Deliciously Luxurious
By Nirmala Nataraj (Dec 11, 2008)
As winter, with its occasional bouts of sunshine-accompanied merriment and invariable frosty spells, gives way to a lovely Bay Area spring, the transition to toastier weather warrants a little celebration. And what better way to usher in the longer hours of sunlight than a meditative jaunt to the heart of wine country? More »
Tis the Season for Pampering!
By Nirmala Nataraj (Nov 14, 2007)
The holidays are enough of a pain for even the most creative people to succumb to generic gift-giving. This season, you can dispense with gift certificates, ugly sweaters, and even the well-intentioned homemade tchotchkes, and instead, grace your loved ones with hours of decadence and pampering. Here are some ideas for treats that your friends and family definitely wonít want to re-gift. More »
Get Into the Holiday Spirit
By Nirmala Nataraj (Nov 10, 2007)
ĎTis the season for holiday fare, and would Christmas really be complete without paying homage to the god of the dancing nutcracker? The San Francisco Ballet version of "The Nutcracker" is particularly special, since the War Memorial Opera House was the first American venue in which the beloved piece was performed, back in 1944. And to this day, both venue and performance still dazzle. More »
Traditional Luxury with a Twist
By Nirmala Nataraj (Oct 30, 2007)
Over three years ago, I had my first introduction to the glitzy, glamorous world of spa. I was on assignment for a bridal magazine to get the scoop on the latest trends in hair and makeup. After a few phone calls to my most pampered, privileged associates, I was directed to LaBelle Day Spa in Palo Alto. Despite the fact that even on an early Saturday morning, the place was packed to the max with anxious brides and hardcore beauty buffs, I was immediately impressed with the professionalism of the staff, who curled my tresses and polished my visage like I was the only gal around. Three hours and a first-class makeover later, I was smitten. More »
Customized, Natural Beauty
By Nirmala Nataraj (Oct 02, 2007)
A week before the biggest event of my life, my wedding, I am exhausted. Itís supposed to be a time of jubilation, when the butterflies in a brideís stomach are more symbolic of healthy anticipation than things being seriously awry. But all I want to do is collapse on my bed and fall asleep for 72 hours or so. Of course, I canít complain too much -- this evening, I have an appointment to keep, but it doesnít have anything to do with a last-minute fitting or bothersome rehearsal dinner. Itís a facial with Kirsten Quint Fairbanks, who runs Apotheca Skin Body Wellness. More »
Feel-Good and Unfaithful
By Nirmala Nataraj (Sep 28, 2007)
I havenít seen Oprah Winfreyís eponymous prime-time talk show in years, but itís hard to deny her presence in our cultural milieu. Whether Iím eyeballing the needlessly self-aggrandizing covers of [i]O[/i] magazine at my grocery storeís checkout stand, getting the scoop on a tawdry celebrity confessional on Oprahís hot seat, browsing her book club selections at Borders, or reading a mawkish inspirational piece on Ms. Winfreyís symptomatic do-gooding, Iíll be the first to admit that sheís officially planted her flag. More »
By Nirmala Nataraj (Sep 24, 2007)
A massage is the apex of luxury. What could be more extravagant than soaking in the warm oils of a Swedish treatment and sinking into the bliss of an herbal mud bath after a good hour of deep tissue kneading? Moreover, the spa experience is about wellness and the synergistic mystery of relaxation and their effects on the beleaguered body More »
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