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Welcome To Shine Skincare & Wellness

My name is Laurel de Graaf-Garcia and I have been a licensed esthetician since 2006  and a licensed massage therapist since 2016. l graduated from the Esthetician program at Fullerton College, and have completed a number of advanced esthetics courses at the International Dermal Institute and through Greet The Day professional education for oncology skin care and massage. 


I graduated from the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing in Culver City where I completed a 550 hour Certified Massage Therapist curriculum as well as a number of advanced elective classes. I continue to return to assist teachers in class.  I have taken a number of workshops specific to providing massage to the oncology community through Greet The Day as well. Workshops I have attended through Greet The Day include Foundation Oncology Massage, Oncology Massage and Skin Care Client

Clinics, Infusion Center Massage, Gentle Scar Tissue Mobilization, research workshops, and the 45-Hour Vodder-based Manual Lymphatic Drainage workshop which focused on MLD specific to lymphedema patients. My passion is manual lymphatic drainage, promoting health and wellness, and helping cosmetic and other surgical patients achieve their very best outcomes.  I also enjoy working with scar tissue to help restore range of motion, comfort, and beautiful, smooth cosmetic results after surgeries, but  I enjoy the challenges that every body brings to the table.

 

I continue to attend workshops and classes both in person and online. Currently I am learning more about new research into fascia and about the neurological-physiological connection. I am a current member in good standing with both the Associated Skin Care Professionals and Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals and am fully licensed and insured.

What to Expect From A Session

 

Massage

 

A massage session lasts anywhere from 60 minutes to 2 hours.  If it is your first time coming to me, please arrive 10 minutes early to fill out paperwork and ask any questions you may have. 

To begin, we will discuss any areas of tension, pain or discomfort you may have, or any areas you would just like a little extra time focused on.  I will step out of the room to allow you to undress to your comfort level and get settled on the table.  To preserve your modesty and comfort, you will be draped throughout the session except for the area being worked on.  I will address any issues of comfort at the beginning of the session, and throughout the session, please let us know if I need to modify anything such as pressure, temperature of the room or table or volume of the music.  This is your time, your session.  You should get exactly what you need from it.

 

At the end of your session, I will step out of the room to allow you to get off the table and redress.  Water is always available in the room.  I will be right outside. After your session, I hope you feel great, but please note that you may feel a little residual soreness.  This is normal and should resolve in a day or two.  It is important to drink plenty of water after your massage to flush any toxins released during your session.

At this time we can discuss any home care recommendations such as stretches, and a plan for continuing care to keep you moving and feeling your best.

Facials

 

A facial session lasts anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes.  If this is your first time coming to see me please arrive 10 minutes early to fill out paperwork and ask any questions you may have.

To begin, we will discuss any concerns you may have regarding your skin, what your expectations are from your service, and what you would ultimately like to achieve from your skin care program.  I will exit the room to allow you to undress to your comfort level and get comfortable on the table. 

 

A facial usually addresses the skin from the decollete (the area exposed when wearing a scoop or v-neck shirt) up to the hairline, although back facials are common as a separate service, and it is not unusual to add a hand treatment to your service. To preserve your modesty and comfort, you will be completely draped throughout your service, except for the area being treated. I will make you as comfortable as I possibly can at the beginning of your service, but at any time throughout, please let me know if I can do anything to make you more comfortable such as adjusting the temperature of the table or room, and of course if any products are uncomfortable for any reason, please let me know right away to ensure a safe and comfortable service. This is is your time and your service. I want you to get exactly what you need and want from it!

At the end of your service, I will step out of the room to allow you to get off the table and redress.  Water is always available in the room. At this time we can discuss home care, products, and a plan for continuing care to help you achieve your healthy skin goals. We feature Skin Script skin care products, but may use other products during your facial service.  All products used are naturally derived, free of parabens, and are, of course, cruelty free.

 

I am available for outcall services in your home. 

i can also come to your office,  business or school with 1-3 therapists for a relaxing rejuvenating chair or table massage experience for you and your employees. Please contact me for pricing and availability.

 

Any massage can be combined with a facial for a total wellness and relaxation experience.  


All services are by appointment only. I have set aside your scheduled time for you, so I greatly appreciate 24 hours notice for any rescheduling or cancellations. 

 

Please note there is no restroom inside the treatment room. If you should need the restroom during your service, I have spa wraps available for your convenience.  

The building doors auto lock at 6pm, and stay locked all day on Sundays.  If you have an appointment scheduled and you find the doors locked, I have not forgotten about you, I simply need to let you in.

I accept all major credit cards and debit cards with a magstripe or chip, Venmo and Zelle, and of course cash is always accepted.. 

Gift certificates and e-gift cards are available!

Thank you for visiting my site!  I look forward to seeing you and working with you to look and feel your absolute best!

Good To Know

Jason W.  "Absolute best place I have gone to.  Laurel is amazing at what she does. She's certified and can accommodate a big guy like myself.  I felt refreshed and after I went 4 to 4 with 2 home runs in my softball game."

Christina B.  "Thank you to my amazing masseuse who made me feel human again yesterday! Love you! XO

Stephanie G.  "Cutest and comfiest studio you'll ever visit.  Laurel is the absolute best and I always leave her studio feeling like a brand new human!  10/10 recommend if your skin needs a lil love."