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We went to IO for massages as a joint Christmas present. We both had the IO signature massage. Nathan (my masseuse) was great. He was attentive to my requests and quiet (not a big fan of the chit chat). I spent time before and after in the steam room and enjoying some tea and treats by the fire before showering with their great products and heading off to dinner. The staff was friendly, the ambiance was calming and unpretentious, and the service was great. I will be back just as soon as I can afford it! Here's what my husband thought.....
Joe, my masseuse was equally great. He gave me a strong massage and was responsive to the fact that I had had ankle surgery about 8 weeks previously. The environs were understated and comfortable. The steam room gave a LOT of steam and got good and hot. The shower pressure could have been a little stronger...but not so bad. I give this place a big thumbs up for the relaxing urban spa experience.
too granola for me. i like this place, it is beautiful, the service is pretty good and the treatments are great for what they are, but this is not my kind of spa. I like yoga, but do it to workout and wouldn't want to come here on a regular basis, it's part of my gym routine and there's no where else to actually workout pre or post yoga. Also overall it's more a fro-fro, hollistic spa which isn't what i look for in spas. I do think it's worth visiting as it's right up some people's alley, but i personally just didn't like my visit and will not be returning.
sooo relaxing. The atmosphere is so calm and clean feeling. I had a treatment by Joe. he was fantastic. He is so calming I immediately felt at ease. I live down the street, so the walk home after was pure bliss. I can't wait to go back.
Great environment. You immediately feel relaxed and special here. I love the lounge and treats. Felt like I had been in Calistoga without the drive. My massage was pretty good too.
best spa around. i LOVE this place. i first went there because it was up the street from my house. ever since i have somehow mangaed to make it a part of my life over the course of the past 2 years (and i do this making only $14 hour at my job). i have never had a treatment by the same person twice only because i have learned that it makes no different who you get- everyone is great there. its so quaint and i just love the dark book floors and the bright white walls. a suggestion: for holidays or birthdays tell everyone all you want are gift cards to international orange!
Cramped boring yoga classes, less than concerned staff. It's clear the reviews are polarizing here ... so here's mine to add in. Not good. The yoga classes are boring as can be, all of the instructors I've tried them ALL. Plus, it's a very very cramped teeny tiny room - not good for yoga at all. I've wasted so much money buying 5 packs of yoga cards here and just never being able to drag myself back to use them. The staff couldn't care less about you and are cold as ice. I'd pass on this place any day and I live 1/2 mile away. Don't spend money here. This place built itself on PR - I don't see any reason to go here personally. So the orchids are nice? Great.
Best Spa in the Bay. I live in Southern California and have been to spas all over and IO is hands down my favorite getaway when I have a few hours to take for myself in San Francisco, I would skip any spa in LA to go there. The service is amazing, the massage I had last weekend was to die for, my facial left me feeling 5 years younger!! And I was totally excited to find out that IO now has its own product line, could it get any better?!?! If you haven't had a chance to experience this place I would make an appointment asap. The massages and facials are great but if you have the time definitely try to fit in a yoga class before hand, followed by a steam and some chill time on their outdoor back patio with some tea and chocolate! I love IO, thanks to the staff for making it so special every time I come to visit SF
For Mindful Travelers and Residents.....
As someone who has traveled to many highly touted spas throughout the west coast, I can now claim that I live just 2 hours away from the best of them all! After a recommendation from a very good friend, I visited IO yesterday, following a visit to my daughter's home in SF. I was so overwhelmed by my experience that I decided to submit a review, since I see that several of the reviews I had read below may not reflect IO's current status.
I attended a memorable and very energetic power yoga class (arrive early enough to find parking) and experienced an incredible deep cleansing facial/massage that was the best in my 56 years. IO stands out, in my thinking, as offering a mindful presence for anyone seeking a calming, thoughtful and knowledgeable understanding of living in their own skin. My visit gave that incessant "mind-chatter" a chance to settle in the background while I rested in peaceful harmony with the beautiful simplicity and stillness of this meticulous spa. I so appreciated seeing the certificate on the wall that IO has chosen to be one of the first "green" yoga studios and they proved that belief throughout the spa, which encourages visitors to become more aware of our own practices! The staff was friendly, sincere and, ultimately, quite professional: they offered to store my purchases from nearby boutiques and the wonderful bookstore down the street; remembered my name, interests and earlier questions; didn't pressure me to purchase (but,of course, I did!); and made me feel that I "mattered," from the time I entered the door to my reluctant farewell. Yes, this is pricey, so it may not head a list of quick "to do" items for your day, but, IO is a true gift of time to your soul to slow down from the inside out so that you may continue to be present for all those other needs throughout the rest of your week. I can't think of a better way to treat yourself! I will definitely call my good friend today and say, "thank you!" I can't wait to return! Enjoy!
I am an avid spa goer, and love relaxing. I had the BEST massage ever with Christy...I tried the new IO Fusion... it was so relaxing, and the jasmine oils she used smelled like heaven. She transported me to a far away place and at the end she played some "chime Insturment" over me which I loved!
The womens locker rooms were sparkling, and they were very attentive to me. I will be back!!! I want to try everything here...it was a sunny day and the deck is so quiet and peaceful. Thank you world for giving us this place and gifted people who care.
great massage. I love this place, I get a lot of massages and would frequent IO more if it wasn't so spendy. A good place to treat yourself!
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