Day Spa in Arcadia

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We are a holistic natural spinal care center which utilizes the art of Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Massage therapy, and Rehabilitation to treat spinal problems.

638 W. Duarte Rd. #16
Arcadia,
CA
US

Swedish vs. Deep-Tissue Massage: Finding the Right Way to Relax

Swedish and deep-tissue massage are two bodywork approaches that render very different benefits. Read our guide to choose the best option for you.

The relationship between deep-tissue and Swedish massage is much like that between DayQuil and NyQuil. Both are designed to help you feel better, but the one that makes the most sense depends on your individual needs. Here's what to expect from each of the two modalities:

Swedish massage combines four distinct motions?effleurage, petrissage, friction, and tapotement?to help relieve muscle tension and stimulate blood flow, thereby energizing the body and soothing the mind during a single relaxing session. The four phases are easy enough to distinguish. Effleurage refers to the smooth, gliding strokes that help relax soft tissues at the beginning of the treatment, followed by the squeezing, rolling, or kneading gestures of petrissage. Deep, circular motions make up the friction phase, in which layers of tissue rub against one another to boost circulation. Therapists conclude the massage with tapotement, a rapid cadence of percussive taps performed with cupped hands, fingers, or the edge of the hand.

Whereas Swedish massage focuses on relieving mental and physical tension, deep-tissue massage has more specific concerns. Due to stress and other factors, the layer of connective tissue that covers and interpenetrates the body's muscles and bones?the fascia?often tenses up, resulting in muscle knots and a painful buildup of lactic acid. Deep-tissue massage aims to warm up the fascia and release the accumulated toxins. To achieve this, the therapist?s fingers, thumbs, and elbows move along the body in slow, deliberate strokes, applying pressure to penetrate beyond superficial muscle layers. Although the intensity can produce some discomfort, deep-tissue massage should still be relaxing; the goal, after all, is to relieve the tension between muscles and their weird roommate, the skeleton.

10 North 1st Ave
Arcadia,
CA
US

The tranquility specialists at Spa Thai Essence take an all-natural approach to stress relief and skincare. More than five styles of massage call on herbal compresses, aromatherapy scents, or simply the skilled hands of a massage therapist to ease muscular tension and center the mind. To hydrate and purify skin, body scrubs made of milk, coffee, or oats buff away dead cells and provide pores with a balanced breakfast, while facials performed with Bioelements serums or ultrasound-emitting phonophoresis devices help skin regain a youthful glow.

1010 S Baldwin Ave, Ste 201
Arcadia,
CA
US

The nail techs at Emerald Day Spa use organic products as they beautify hands and feet with mani-pedis. During the 60-minute service, an aesthetician gently massages and scrubs pavement pounders with a nutrient-rich Himalayan salt scrub, exfoliating soles and heels as fingers soak in a dip and share secrets about who they like-like. Nails then undergo a trim, buff, and cuticle treatment before being slathered in a green tea detox to expunge impurities.

21 S 1st Ave
Arcadia,
CA
US