True Body Wraps

Tired of the same old massage or facial you're accustomed to getting when you walk into your neighborhood spa? Why not try a body wrap, which is great for slimming, detoxifying, or just plain feeling warm and buttery in a cocoon of foil and all-natural ingredients. If you're intrigued by the idea, give Laurel Heights outpost True Body Wraps a turn.

True Body Wraps is a teeny wisp of a spa, tucked behind a lush courtyard on tree-lined Sacramento Street. The establishment is miniscule but elegant, decked out in plush cushions and bamboo, and filled to the brim with rock gardens and murmuring water fountains, but you'll want to call before you see for yourself, because it's open by appointment only. There are only a couple employees, but don't be fooled by the size of the space, a modest studio split off into compartments by shoji screens. Inside, a mecca of beauty treatments and a long list of repeat clients await. -- Nirmala Nataraj