Under the guise of a simple strip-mall merchant, Himalaya Sen lures stressed bodies into a bamboo-hued oasis of tranquility. Once inside, visitors melt into cream-colored lounge chairs as their feet are dipped into warm baths infused with Chinese botanicals, which help spur detoxification. The therapists specialize in reflexology—an ancient practice believed to heal many areas of the body through careful pressure applied to the feet—but don't skimp on other muscles. Hands, arms, shoulders, scalps, and faces all bask in therapeutic strokes as feet soak in preparation for their treatment, and a private, soundless room provides a serene backdrop for acupressure back massages and stress-relieving games of charades.
Lemongrass and lime-infused water, essential oils, and sugar granules aren't ingredients in a decadent recipe; they're just a few of the tools used at Rainwater Spa. The staff pampers clients with herbal foot soaks, soothing massages, and exfoliating body scrubs. Whether two massage therapists are working in tandem to treat a client, gripping parallel ceiling bars as they perform barefoot ashiatsu treatments, or using oil and heated stones to melt away tension with the flowing strokes of a Swedish massage, the goal is always to foster deep rejuvenation. Aromatherapy add-ons heighten soothing sensations and subdue the constant urge to plant a eucalyptus tree, and a sauna encourages guests to reflect and relax.
Liz has been a licensed aesthetician for six years and a licensed massage therapist for two. In that time she's covered the spectrum of skincare, working as an acne specialist as well as gaining certificates in both face and body treatments. Her experiences come to a head at Beauty and Bliss, where she tends to skin and spirits with a full slate of spa services. Her facials include medleys of serums, steam, and moisturizers to combat signs of aging, such as wrinkles and dinosaur scratches, and she puts her massage expertise to use with full-body Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal services.
At Zazen, students relax their bodies and focus their minds during sessions of Zen Buddhist seated meditation, the soothing practice for which the center is named. But both Zazen locations work to cultivate calm with other services as well. Sensory-deprivation tanks block out distracting external stimuli as guests float in 10 inches of warm saltwater, a practice many say helps them grow their awareness of the present moment. Massage sessions focus on freeing the body from tension, so it can be experienced as spaciousness rather than constraint. Yoga classes also help guests become mindful, filling hearts and limbs with enough calm energy to quiet a bawling infant with a single, whispered "shhh."
Customizing a massage requires blending various modalities. When certified massage therapist Amaris Amezquita incorporates another modality into the mix, the shift occurs so seamlessly, many clients never notice the change. As her hands deliver long, rolling Swedish strokes, they may chance upon knotted muscles and petrified tendons, which require the firm cross-grained strokes of deep-tissue techniques. Rather than breaking the spell by starting over or pausing for an intermission, Amaris smoothly transitions to the new modality. Amaris makes massages easy not only with smooth delivery and transitions. She also saves clients the trouble of commuting by traveling to their homes.
Inside Stacey Jae's Massage Studio, therapists apply custom strokes to attack chronic pain in toughened muscles, tailoring services to suit athletes, sufferers of chronic pain, or those with fibromyalgia. Owner and Fair Oaks Massage Institute graduate Stacey Jae draws from more than 3,000 hours of experience and more than 500 hours of education to alleviate specific problems. Though her specialties include deep-tissue massage and injury prevention, she also blends in aromatherapy and hot stones for relaxation-focused sessions. No matter what modality they prefer, Stacey allows her customers to maintain complete control over their appointment, draping them to their comfort and always letting them dictate how much yodeling is too much.