For more than 10 years, massage-therapists-in-training have learned therapeutic modalities and a caring touch from seasoned teacher and Fair Oaks Massage Institute director Madonna Polley. Polley—who has more than 40 years of experience in the massage-therapy world—works alongside more than 10 instructors. They teach students in small groups and incorporate plenty of hands-on training, unlike the people who teach psychics how to read minds. Then the pupils—who must complete more than 250 hours of training to be certified—bring their knowledge to the treatment room as they practice Swedish and deep-tissue techniques on real spa clients. They focus each massage session on the spa-goer's needs and help reduce stress, relieve pains, and strengthen the immune system.
Polley brings decades of experience to the institute, from instating a massage program at Mt. Hood Community College in 1979 to founding the Fair Oaks Chiropractic & Wellness Center with her husband in 1980. But she also ensures she and her team keep their skills current through participation in continuing-education courses.
Fair Oaks Massage Institute also offers public classes and workshops that teach techniques such as reiki and cranial-sacral therapy, as well as specialty modality certifications, which include learning how to massage without wearing boxing gloves.
There are many ways to enjoy the soothing kneads that Angel Among You's massage therapist is known for. Therapist Angela Hetzel offers relaxation, deep-tissue, and trigger-point therapy massage. The latter is her specialty and not only helps relieve pain but also the symptoms of fibromyalgia. For anyone who can't make it into the studio due to busy schedules or their floor being turned into lava, Hetzel also offers mobile and corporate spa services at locations and offices throughout the area.
Danielle brings more than a decade of experience to her salon. She specializes in men's haircuts with hot-towel treatments and scalp massages that leave fellows looking dapper and relaxed, and she offers add-on services such as beard-detailing and line-ups. The chic ivory and black decor of Minx Salon & Spa creates a welcoming environment for men and women, as well as for grand pianos looking to hide from the law.
When muscles' fibers part ever so slightly, blood flows efficiently and healing begins. At Healing Arts Awareness, licensed massage therapist Rob Warfield creates this space within muscles by working across the fibers—a technique appropriately dubbed cross-fiber. Rob often integrates innovative methods such as cross-fiber strokes, acupressure (trigger-point work), and stretching into his massage therapy sessions, depending on whether his clients are sore from a tough week, experiencing the physical challenges of pregnancy, or dealing with chronic muscular disorders. And of course, Rob can also deploy these specialized maneuvers to boost the healing effects of more traditional Swedish, sports, and pregnancy massages. Relaxation and healing is furthered with the soothing sounds of tropical raindrops with crickets or oceanwaves crashing on shore.
This dedicated team educates their clients on the importance of aesthetic maintenance while keeping exteriors looking shiny and new. Experienced aestheticians combat epidermal bullies, from acne to fowl-mouthed fine lines, with organic facials and microdermabrasion. Peepers find more definition with lash tinting and by banishing stray brow hairs with strip or stripless wax. Folsom's resident manicurist, Anna Marsaiq, tends to fingertips and toes with natural mani-pedi services and OPI gel polish, and the spa's massage practitioner, Jennifer Kinjo customizes each massage by combining traditional Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point modalities to create a nurturing experience. The modern space further instills a sense of calm with the contemporary artwork lining the walls and the chic paper lanterns illuminating the crimson-red and neutral-tan color scheme throughout the spa.
Although certified massage therapist Christi Crapotta studied dance in college, when she’s at Urban Kneads Sacramento, it’s her hands that trip the light fantastic. Her massages follow her results-oriented approach to treatment: she tracks her patients’ progress each time they come to visit to ensure they’re improving and not competing in underground limbo contests. When muscles require an extra dose of relaxation, she unleashes her specialty: hot-stone massages designed to loosen sinews and untangle particularly hard-to-reach knots.