Customer Reviews for Zen Sanctuary (24)
May 22, 2017
Debbie B Knows Your Skin
If you're looking for a skincare partner that can advise you on what your specific skin needs, Debbie's your gal. She keeps copious notes on your visits, and will make recommendations based on what you need, not an upsell. I've been getting facials from Debbie for five years, and no Groupon or other spa deal will ever make me even look at another aesthetician again!
April 5, 2017
From the moment I walked in the door, it was calming and serene, and had that magical healing vibe, something as rare as a white tiger in the spa industry. I came to Debbie with mid-30s skin that had spent half its life basking in the sunshine. As a teenager, my goal was to get as tan as possible from head to toe, despite my mother’s warnings. Moms know best but teenagers know best how to be insolent. Debbie listened to my concerns about sun damage and aging, and treated my skin with the TLC it’d been longing for. She knows I prefer a more natural approach to skincare, and Debbie has helped me find a balance between natural and, well, products that actually work. Debbie creates a cozy, grounding space with essential oils, relaxing tunes, and her intuitive, compassionate, and warm disposition. ZS is a quiet little refuge in the heart of Kensington, and I’m so happy I found this place and its wonderful people to help care for my aging skin.
March 3, 2016
My family has always had great results from Zen Sanctuary. Most recently I worked with David Warder and he was able to workout a knot in my neck in just one treatment. Highly recommend.
November 2, 2011
I've had several massages over the years, but this one was the best. I knew this was going to be a great massage as I walked through the door. I was greeted and immediately realized I was in a different kind of place. The atmosphere, decor, and calmness definately made it feel like a retreat. I had a 60 minute Deep TIssue massage and 30 minute Craniosacral massage treatments. After a new job and other confounding factors had yielded me with headaches, tightness in neck and shoulders, I tried several massage locations near my home with only temporary relief. The services I received from Zen, provided great relief and I truly feel great. Thanks again!!
October 22, 2011
I rewarded myself with the Zen Warrior massage in October 2011 and David was my Massage Therapist. It was an excellent experience, if a little pricey. David provided a well-paced massage and had a very appropriate bedside manner. I was glad I chose this type of massage from their extensive menu, though I really can't speak to their other services; I was a bit overwhelmed when booking online, but made a good choice. The only down side was the price - for $85 for 55 minutes, I thought the atmosphere would be more luxurious. This spa is nice inside, but is situated in a little business park, so the spa itself is apparently a well-decorated office space. While this is not an unreasonable price to pay for such a nice experience, apparently they are raising their prices in the very near future by more than 10%. Oh well, it was a great one-time visit.
August 3, 2011
A Family Affair
What a treat! My mother and sister both received treatment at the location and suggested I go. They purchased a gift certificate for me directly through Zen Sanctuary. My appointment was made with a little strain to find time, but they were able to on last minute! So grateful for that. I booked a massage. My therapist was phenomenal. My massage therapist gave me a massage that left me totally relaxed. To enter into a world that is so "zen" is in itself a treat, and to have that energy carried through the entire treatment was a beautiful, energizing, and comforting gift. I myself will be returning as I have booked another appointment already. My mother and sister are now regulars too. THANK YOU ZEN!
January 4, 2011
It is totally ZEN!!!!
From the moment you call and book your appointment, to when you walk in and have your treatment, it's pure ZEN!!! Diana at the front desk was extremely helpful in booking our appointments; and providing all requested information. Lindsey was my massage therapist who was wonderful. I was having sciatica problems, but the deep tissue massage worked wonders. The Owner was very nice and appreciative with the feedback we gave him. This place is in Kensington and has parking off the street, which makes it very convenient. I will most definitively be going back.
May 11, 2010
Little Buddha Massage
I received a Spafinder.com gift certificate which led me to search for spa's in my area and discovered that Zen Sanctuary is only a few blocks from my house. I was pleasantly surpirzed that they offered Sunday evening appointments- it was the perfect way to start my week off right. This was my first pregnancy massage- they call it the Little Buddha Massage- and my therapist was terrific! The attmosphere inside Zen is very peaceful and calming. They have some terrific products for sale that I will be purchasing on my next visit! I would recommend this spa to anyone who wants a terrifc, low key, and personal spa experience.
December 22, 2009
Went in for the first time in this place. Smelled great, felt welcomed by the first person we saw, Lena (I think her name was), asked us if we'd like tea or water, and was very sweet and professional. The massage was fantastic. I never had such a great feeling and relief after. This was a great find. I wish it was a bit bigger though with female only rooms! Would visit again.
May 23, 2009
HEAVEN ON EARTH!
I absolutely love this place! I have to come in at least once a month to relieve the soreness/tension from stress of a full time work and full time school schedule. Kim really knows what she is doing! The atmosphere is relaxing, the staff are very professional and friendly, and the quality of the massages are unsurpassable!
Thank you for your review with ZEN Sanctuary. We are truly grateful to have clients like you and we value your feedback. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit. Please continue to update us as to our service so that we can continue to provide the best quality of services and customer relations.
October 22, 2008
I had a Thai foot and table massage with VIctor. I was completely unfamiliar with the Zen Sanctuary and Thai massage. I chose the Zen Sanctuary because of the excellent reviews it had received on this page and chose the Thai foot and table massage after talking with VIctor about my needs. The place is tastefully decorated and relaxing. The receptionist was pleasant and made me feel welcome. And the massage was different from anything I'd ever had -- different in a great way! My body was stressed from work, my leg muscles extremely sore from hiking, and I had a bit of congestion. I feel like a different person now. Apart from his amazing skills as a massage therapist, Victor is a super nice and calming person. I would most strongly recommend Victor's Thai massage to anyone. I enjoyed it so much that I booked another appointment on my way out!
July 20, 2008
The best spa experience
I had been looking for a spa to get my massages and facials. The services that I received were beyond fantastic. I would recommend this spa to anyone that wants an excellent experience. If anyone were to receive services that were not up to their standard, the owner is very helpful in resolving your concern. I have never had a problem with this spa or its staff. With any business there are those staff members who do not do as good as job as others and I think that this is were we as consumers need to challenge management to educate staff. I cannot say enough good things about this spa. Go and see for yourself. Give them a chance.
July 15, 2008
Absolutely Wonderful Experience
I received a SpaFinder gift certificate from my daughter for my birthday. While seaching on SpaFinder I found Zen Sanctuary. They had wonderful reviews so I thought I would give them a try. Am I glad I did! When I walked in I found the atmosphere to be to be calm, clean and inviting. I received the ZEN Facial with Debbie. She explained what she was doing but also allowed time to just breathe deep and enjoy. I had a ZENThai Foot - Nuat Tao Ritual by Victor that was truly a wonderful experience. He even e-mailed a thank you note to me later that day. I will most certainly be back to enjoy the Zen Sanctuary experience!
March 6, 2008
What a wonderful experience
I recently visited some friends in the Kensington area and they recommended this local haven for massage and skin care. I was greeted with a warm smile when I entered and asked if I would like tea or water. I sat down and enjoyed a perfect cup of camamille tea. The receptionist made me feel comfortable while I waited for my treatment. I wanted to try the "Kahlomi Destress" since this sounded like the most relaxing. I thoroughly enjoyed my massage. The aroma of coconut and mango along with the connected, pleasant Lomi Lomi style of massage helped me to drift off and brought back pleasant memories of my recent trip to Maui. Thank you for making me feel at home and relieving my travel stress. I really like this smart sanctuary and would recommend it to my other friends.
March 6, 2008
My esthetician rocks!
I never believed it when I was told that regular facials would greatly improve my skin. I just thought it was OK as a once-in-a-while thing on a holiday or for my birthday. After meeting Debbie and getting a facial from her, I was hooked. She is an absolute expert and has a golden touch. I alternate between peels and soothing treatments, and I completely trust her to make the right decisions about what my skin needs. In addition, I love ZEN. The calming energy upon just entering the space is wonderful, and the staff are all focused and attentive. I have never felt more relaxed than when I'm there being served hot tea and treated like a king. I have been a client for over two years, and I have never been disappointed.
March 3, 2008
A big disappointment
I took my best friend for a massage at Zen Sanctuary as an engagement gift this weekend. The goal was to help her to relax in the midst of wedding planning, however, her treatment was less than relaxing. When we walked in, the woman at the front desk greeted us and asked my friend if she was my mother (we are both 28 years old). We were BOTH VERY OFFENDED by this question. As it turned out, the very same woman gave my friend her massage and wore rubber gloves through the entire massage- which we both thought to be odd. Especially since, I got the exact same massage, just with a different masseuse, and he did not wear gloves. Gloves were obviously not a company policy. We had looked forward to a luxurious and relaxing experience and Zen Sanctuary failed to deliver.
February 27, 2008
My mom, sister and I went for massages and all were very pleased with our treatments. The staff was very nice and friendly in addition to being skilled masseurs/masseuses. The place is quite small, but it is a very cozy neighborhood day spa. Chance worked really hard to try to get to the root of my back pain issues, and Janet gave my mom and sister very deep, yet relaxing massages. What a lucky find!
February 19, 2008
A very special visit. We will refer our friends.
I want to thank you and the entire staff at ZEN Sanctuary for making this Valentine's Day very special. Both my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the couple's massage. She also really enjoyed her reflexology. Please relay to your staff our appreciation of your services and professionalism. We will be sure to refer you to our friends and come back again.
February 6, 2008
One Happy Happy Client!
I came into Zen Sanctuary for a therapeutic massage and requested a deep tissue therapist that can work out the knots and kinks in my neck and shoulders. I love the energy of Zen and the staffs, very peaceful and friendly. No gossips like at most spas and I was able to enjoy the fine arts, decors, and hot tea. When I saw my therapist Thavy was very petite and I thought to myself...no way she can do a deep tissue on me! I was totally wrong! She gave me the best deep tissue/sports massage ever! She did some trigger points that was very intense, but worth bearing and felt an automatic relief in my neck down to my back. She's very strong and skilled. I have received many many deep tissue massages before and she is the BEST and a MASTER at her craft! I am so looking forward to my next session with Thavy and I totally recommend her to everyone.
January 26, 2008
A fabulous facial experience!
Debbie, the esthetician, gave me an excellent facial today both being attentive to my fear of painful extractions while providing a superior experience. Particularly notable - as opposed to leaving you when you have a mask on, she gives a wonderful neck and hands massage. She also gave great advice for the care of my face in the future, without pushing products!! This is the best facial and spa experience I have had. The atmosphere of the spa itself was wonderful: serene and caring. I highly recommend it.
January 23, 2008
Professional and relaxing
Being a guy, I'm usually skeptical with doing the massage and facial ordeal. I must say though, after my first real facial, I left ZEN with a definite yes on another return. The location is in a very quiet plaza and the overall layout of the spa is cozy and quiet. The great thing about this spa is: you don't feel like youre going to a dermatologist office. I had a men's facial with Debbie and i must say that it was a great first time. She was super friendly, knowledgable about products and she def. has good hands. I've already made it a plan to come back more often. I recommend Debbie and her staff to those in the san diego area.
April 5, 2006
Best Massage I've EVER Had
I came into ZEN looking to replace my regular massage therapist who recently moved. After receiving my treatment, I thought, this is what I was looking for. I think the work on my neck and shoulders has opened up the tightness and stiffness I have been dealing with for the past couple of months. The attentive staff were able to make me feel comfortable right away and the treatments I received have led to a "pain free" life for the last eight months. Thank you.
April 5, 2006
Skin Care at its BEST
I recently came in to see Debbie B. at the ZEN Sanctuary in Kensington and was pleasantly surprised by the calm and beautiful atmosphere. Debbie greeted me immediately and made sure that my needs were being met. After a thorough and relaxing facial, as well as some waxing and tinting services, I went away compeltely satisfied. I will recommend Debbie to all my friends.
March 16, 2006
Beautiful from start to finish
Congratulations, your facility is beautiful and in a great location with plenty of parking. Very, Very Nice! It was especially nice to be treated with such heart felt kindness and respect. Your abilities as a massage therapist are remarkable. Thank you for your assistance in relieving my congested energy and bringing balance to my state of mind and physical being. You have given me a lovely gift.
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