Licensed massage therapist Kaelyn Crehnshaw unties chronic muscle knots with a diverse menu of therapeutic bodywork. Kaelyn can draw on the heat-retention power of stones to promote relaxation, or blend flowing Swedish strokes and deep-tissue pressure to access lower-layer aches. Clients also may request Kaelyn’s signature raindrop therapy, ideal for improving mobility in struggling limbs and ill-fitting raincoats.
Monica Holden is grateful for two reasons: she's been able to practice massage therapy for more than 17 years, and she found a mentor in Dr. Myk Hungerford. This tenacious woman worked for half a century to train medical sports massage therapists during a time when professionalism in the field was hard to find because so few therapists carried briefcases. Monica had the great fortune of training under Dr. Hungerford at the American Institute of Massage Therapy, and now she pays it forward by presiding over a staff of certified therapists. These pros bring their massages to homes and offices, where they knead sore sinews with Swedish, deep tissue, shiatsu, and reflexology techniques.
Massage practitioner Savannah Yuen oils achy human hinges with an indulgent array of massage modalities. In the comfort to of a cozy room, clients can solicit Savannah’s shiatsu or firm deep-tissue techniques to improve mobility, or long flowing Swedish strokes to ease chronic tension.
What happens when a nightclub owner and yoga instructor partner up in a business venture? They create yoga workshops that incorporate heart-pumping bass and dubstep beats spun by the likes of FreQNasty and Rara Avis, in addition to traditional hatha and vinyasa lessons. Tim Dale and Tara Dale helm Yoga Tree, a studio that offers a wide variety of classes and yoga styles so that practitioners can find the style that best fits their practice, and instructors can lead classes in the specialty that speaks to them. And since opening their first studio in 1999, the duo has expanded their business to include six more locations throughout the Bay area to meet the demand for the Yoga Tree experience.
Teacher training courses are also available for those interested in leading their own classes. Students can opt for a 200- or 500-hour program, or elective classes that focus on Tantric yoga, handstands, and holistic Yoga Nidra. Yoga Tree also sells yoga-related products in their store, such as yoga attire, mats, books, and DVDs.
One part skincare boutique, one part spa, Spallure excels at keeping skin healthy and bodies beautiful. Moisturizers, cleansers, and scrubs from such brands as Bliss, Clarisonic, Kai, and Elemis line the shop's shelves, waiting for a shopper to scoop them up for at-home care or for a Spallure staffer to select them for use in an in-house spa treatment. These specialists polish clients from head to toe with full body waxing, facials, massages, and body scrubs dubbed with whimsical names, such as the fatgirlslim body treatment and the No Zit Sherlock facial. Meanwhile, spa packages for bridal parties, couples, and moms-to-be combine a number of luxuries into one blissful package, much like leaving a fancy hotel with a suitcase full of bathroom fixtures.