Before she became a licensed therapist, Jaime Castillo heard over and over again about the healing powers of massage. Seeing the results for herself compelled her to pursue a career in massage therapy, and today she helps clients get balanced with massage sessions instead of suggesting they sleep on tightropes. Each massage is tailored to the client's individual needs and Jaime draws from experience in a variety of modalities including myofascial release and trigger point therapy.
Although RockSalt Spa offers various types of massage including Thai and LeStone, its signature and unique treatment is salt therapy. Also known as halotherapy, salt therapy creates an anti-inflammatory environment that is beneficial to those suffering from allergies and other respiratory problems. During 45-minute sessions in a salt-therapy room, clients simply breathe in the micronized salt air which helps clear out bacteria, excess mucus, and any Legos they may have inhaled as a child. The therapy has been credited for relieving various ailments of the lungs; it may even help treat bronchitis, sinus infections, and ear infections.
Traditional Chinese medicine is built on the belief that healing begins when the two forces at work within the body settle into equilibrium. The practitioners at Berkeley Community Acupuncture and Massage trust this holistic principle will overcome their modern patients’ afflictions just like it did for those who practiced it before “ouch” was even assigned a petroglyph. Their acupuncture and massage treatments cure pain and disease from the inside out, and whereas acupuncture enlists thin needles to rebalance the flow of energy through the body, massage does the same thing using gentle kneading motions. Clients can combine the techniques or select just one in order to help ease digestive and respiratory disorders or simply diminish the stress of daily life.
Immortal Palace's therapists practice acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine to help patients overcome an array of physical and mental illnesses, from chronic pain and infertility to anxiety and insomnia. Using needles as thin as cats' whiskers, they stimulate different combinations of acupoints to strengthen the flow of chi, or life force, that circulates along the body's energy meridians. The therapists, who specialize in women's health, also oversee a diet program called The Only Nutrition Program You'll Ever Need, which helps participants detoxify their bodies and overcome cravings for sugar.
Soothing music fills the private treatment rooms at Highland Massage Company, where licensed and experienced therapists trade in scripted massages for custom techniques and varied pressures. These personalized combinations of modalities work together to address each visitor's particular goals and needs by either soothing overstressed muscles or using therapeutic pressure to help the body heal itself. Add-ons, such as hot stones and aromatherapy, can also enhance experiences, gently coaxing clients into a relaxed, worry-free state. When each session concludes, therapists revive clients with filtered water infused with their own herbal-tea concoction to encourage detoxification.
Good Needles' licensed acupuncturists Jennie Hammett and Tina Laue value education as much as experience. Both practitioners bring a litany of licenses, accreditations, and experience gained from years of study to their clinic each day. In addition to acupuncture, they specialize in other areas of traditional Chinese medicine such as herbal prescriptions. Although some of their clients initially exhibit trepidation when it comes to acupuncture due to a fear of needles, they relax when they realize they are approximately 1/40th the diameter of a medical hypodermic needle. This means they're thinner than a human hair and thinner still than an old human hair's walking stick. Possible benefits of acupuncture include relief from stress after one visit, but at least four to six treatments may be needed for optimal results.