Certified massage therapist Erin Warfield Shaffer expresses her belief in holistic approaches to wellness by treating bodies to a detoxifying combination of hands, herbs, and hydrotherapy. Shaffer's four massages range from hot-stone techniques that melt tension in backs to reflexology methods that manipulate the feet in an effort to relieve pain in the rest of the body. She also cleanses bodies with such detoxification rituals as the acupoint session, a massage-like treatment that causes key points in the body to absorb healthy herbs so that clients don't have to sleep on a pile of herb-crusted halibut. The center also concocts custom facials and peels that nourish the skin with hydrotherapy, botanicals rich in Vitamin C, and other organic ingredients.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Perinatal massage
What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
I specialize in many aspects of women's wellness which include fertility, the perinatal time, early labor, labor and birth as well as the postpartum period and beyond. One of my signature treatments is called the labor preparation massage. This session is catered to the specific needs of each women and is a blend of relaxation and rebalancing techniques with the use of acupressure to support the natural process as the body prepares for birth. All of the techniques performed during this treatment are comfortable and safe for full term pregnancy and are supportive to what is already occurring in the body. It is a wonderful way to connect with your body during the last stage of pregnancy and a wonderful way to connect with your baby before your birthing time.
What?s your favorite part about your job?
Getting to work with women and partners as they become families. Supporting women during such a sacred and transitional time is an honor. As a massage therapist, it's amazing to see women go from feeling discomfortable to truly enjoying their pregnant bodies!
What steps do you take to make your clients feel at ease?
_I make sure that every session is special and unique for each client. I always provide time to sit down and talk before we ever begin a treatment so that my clients feel comfortable and are able to provide me with helpful information to make their session as effective and enjoyable as possible. I also do a postural assessment beforehand to address specific needs and focus areas. During the treatment, I set up special pillows for optimal positioning. I use a blend of eastern and western massage techniques with focused intent to create a safe space for a body/mind healing experience. I encourage my clients to communicate their needs and wants and to ask as many questions as necessary.
I also have many resources for support and education and a lending library for all my clients! I believe knowledge is empowering which is why I do my best to create an open, learning environment while also offering a serene and nurturing space for a relaxing massage experience._
The licensed aestheticians of Simply Nails and Spa have one goal in mind: make their clients' nails look great. To that end, they offer spa manicures and pedicures, gel nails, and intricate nail art delivered in a professional, no-frills environment. Come in and sink into a cushy chair and dip toes into a sea salt soak, then have nails buffed, filed, and polished to perfection by one of the friendly staff. Clients can also opt for French and shellac pedicures to give feet more oomph than a glitzy pair of Christmas socks. Simply Nails and Spa provides free mimosas upon request and also offers massage and waxing services.
Red Lotus Reflexology and Wellness Center is a place to relax and heal. At this soothing center, licensed massage therapists offer revitalizing reflexology treatments, during which firm pressure is applied to specific points on the feet believed to correspond to major organ and muscle groups in the body. Also offering Swedish, Thai, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massage, as well as infrared-sauna sessions and herbal wraps, the center is a calming headquarters for reviving the body and spirit.
The therapist at Libra's Massage & Holistic has worked in both spa and medical settings. That means she's versatile?see the 15 different massage she offers?but also experienced in?both sides of the massage coin: pain-relief and pampering. She makes both available at Libra's; it all depends on the needs of the client in front of her. If a client's suffering from chronic pain, injury, or muscles wound as tight as a breakdancer's shoelaces she can administer a deep-tissue or sports massage. If the client's looking more for an escape or break from stress there's Swedish, hot stone, and reflexology massages.?And in addition to exotic massages like the Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage and Thai massage, she also offers "the works" massage, a Swedish-based treatment that involves hot stones, aromatherapy, and a body scrub.
At Wat Po Thai Spa, a 2010 nominee for Best Day Spa by Best of LA, technicians bolster well-being with services that range from traditional Thai massage to skincare. The house-specialty Thai Combo fuses Thai massage, Swedish massage, and reflexology into an international amalgamation of relaxation similar to naptime at the UN. Thai massage harnesses compression, stretching, and rocking techniques to improve circulation of vital energy along the body's pathways, and Swedish massage encompasses gentle strokes such as gliding, kneading, and stretching to increase oxygen flow in the blood and forge full-body tension relief. Patrons walk away from massage sessions with relieved stress, allayed aches, increased internal alignment, and enough flexibility to fold bodies into an empty Pringles can at the first sign of danger.