In two quiet and cozy studios located within remodeled former residences, the massage therapists of BearKneads Massage Therapy—each backed by more than 500 hours of educational training—practice a variety of modalities to help soothe aches and pains. Specializing in Swedish, deep-tissue, and neuromuscular therapies, massage therapists help ease nagging maladies, encourage deep relaxation, and wholeheartedly accept drooling. Some of BearKneads Massage Therapy’s specialized therapists are also versed in hot-stone, sports, and lomilomi Hawaiian-style massage.
At Living Free Therapeutic Massage, licensed massage therapist Karen Morehead Small helps her clientele conquer stress with a range of therapies. Karen’s repertoire includes Swedish and deep-tissue massage techniques, which she tailors to suit the needs of each client.
The licensed therapists at Modern Day Massage customize each treatment to their clients? needs, be they based in pain relief or relaxation. Their skillful hands expertly maneuver over muscles to perform treatments that range from Swedish and deep-tissue massage to couples massage and pregnancy massage. They also dole out specialty services such as neuromuscular therapy, which works to heal muscles with a holistic approach that stimulates the release of endorphins, and pressure point therapy, which seeks out pockets of pain and beaver dams that may be blocking energy flow.
In the late 1920s, the Great Depression was rendering most Americans professionally and financially paralyzed. But in a small California kitchen, Merle Nethercutt Norman was putting a plan in motion to formulate her own skincare products and share them with family and friends. She truly believed in her formulas, knowing that by getting them on as many faces as possible, she would develop a following of customers. She was right?within a few years she and her nephew were opening their first studio in Santa Monica, and they eventually unveiled a series of independently operated stores that enabled women to take ownership during a time of gender-based limitations such as men-only restrooms.
Today, in approximately 2,000 stores across three countries, the three basic principles of Merle's original vision still apply. Each studio is independently owned and fosters an in-depth knowledge of the company's own line of makeup and skincare products. Just as Merle shared her creations with close friends and sallow mannequins more than 80 years ago, today's aestheticians embody the business's "try before you buy" philosophy. A menu of complimentary studio services?from foundation checks to express facials?allows patrons to sample the lauded brand before committing to the purchase of products or full spa treatments.
At Active Edge Massage Therapy, the licensed massage therapist doles out soothing 30- to 90-minute massages. Plying her trade inside Sports Junction, she administers massage treatments that include calming Swedish-style sessions. Able to help relieve various types of shoulder pain, backaches, and muscle tension, the treatments also induce relaxation in guests weary after a long day of work or an unsuccessful nap on a shark-infested waterbed.
True to their name, the folks at Bambù Organic Massage use 100% organic oils and lotions, which are free of parabens and propylene glycol, to guide each and every one of their relaxing and therapeutic massages. Jeffrey Paul Schafer and the six other nationally certified massage therapists specialize in their own brand of bodywork, including time-tested standbys such as Swedish and deep-tissue, but all share a desire to work out stress and muscle kinks and can combine modalities to induce mind-body harmony. The versatile menu of massages also goes beyond the basics to include exotic treatments such as reiki and bamboo massage, which augments deep muscular work with warm bamboo stalks to soothe tense muscles and lure away any pandas sitting on the spine.