Doctor of Chiropractic Randy Moyer and his staff take a team approach to holistic healing. In addition to performing the latest techniques in chiropractic care and offering a variety of services such as skin therapy, Moyer Total Wellness features more than a dozen licensed and experienced massage therapists, striving to alleviate patients' discomfort and prevent chronic degenerative diseases. Their customized treatments and specialization in areas such as shiatsu, lymphatic drainage, or myofascial release made Moyer Total Wellness the winner in the Best Massage category of CityVoter's 2012 and 2013 A-Lists. Therapists loosen muscles in five dedicated massage rooms, including a suite for couples looking to relax quietly together or communicate during their session via knowing glances.
The multifaceted crew, including 16 massage therapists, two personal trainers, and three estheticians, welcomes guests 12 hours a day, seven days a week. A holistic nutritionist and exercise physiologist helps keep patients on track during personalized weight-loss plans, skin therapy services include facials, dermaplaning, and microdermabrasion treatments, and an on-staff doctor of chiropractic helps clients manage pain.
Symmetry Therapeutic Massage Spa sprang from the dream of two friends and fellow massage therapists who sought to demonstrate that massage could be used to better physical health. They started small, with a one-room office behind a Pilates studio. Soon, however, they found themselves juggling more appointments than they could handle. Just two years later, they moved into a sprawling new sports-partnered studio, creating a new source of relief for athletes whose massages previously consisted of lying in the middle of the turf during a game.
Today, Symmetry's founding pair leads 30 other licensed therapists, each with her own unique background and specialty. These practitioners treat clients with more than a dozen massage modalities, including neuromuscular massage, which relies on static pressure to relieve area-specific pain, and Thai Yoga. Services such as soothing steam therapy and invigorating dry body-brushing augment the offerings.
During the studio's semi-private workshops, including couples' workshops, the therapists teach clients how to perform their massage techniques at home. This allows clients to connect with their partners during couples massages whenever they have some private time at home or a long wait in a grocery-store line together.
Traditional Chinese medicine is built on the belief that healing begins when the two forces at work within the body settle into equilibrium. The practitioners at Berkeley Community Acupuncture and Massage trust this holistic principle will overcome their modern patients’ afflictions just like it did for those who practiced it before “ouch” was even assigned a petroglyph. Their acupuncture and massage treatments cure pain and disease from the inside out, and whereas acupuncture enlists thin needles to rebalance the flow of energy through the body, massage does the same thing using gentle kneading motions. Clients can combine the techniques or select just one in order to help ease digestive and respiratory disorders or simply diminish the stress of daily life.
Guided by a licensed medical director, the team of certified laser technicians at Hellenic Laser Spa helps men and women refine their complexions with an array of skin services. Harnessing noninvasive light waves from diode, yag, and alexandrite lasers, team members prune unwanted body hair, even out pigmentation, alleviate acne, and blast toenail fungus. Radio frequency, infrared light, CO2 fractional, and Botox and Juvéderm injections iron out facial wrinkles that lead to sagging skin, crow's-feet, and being mistaken for a painting of an ancestor. The facility also boasts a team of massage therapists ready to smudge away stress with soothing kneads during Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages.
Steve and Kim Weiner take pride in their ability to mesh medical-grade wellness treatments with a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere. The co-owners began their careers as an aesthetic equipment salesman and a paramedical aesthetician respectively, giving them extensive professional insight into the role that technology can play in rejuvenating clients’ appearances. Their spa embraces some of these technologically based treatments, including infrared body wraps, teeth whitening and hair removal with cosmetic laser systems, and lipotron skin-tightening sessions, which use radio frequencies to firm skin tone and broadcast warning messages to crow’s-feet. The center also offers basic spa treatments, such as massages and deep-cleansing facials.
The whirring sound of blow dryers competes with audible ooohs and ahhhs escaping from clients’ mouths at Avery Bella Salon and Spa, where a passionate styling crew pampers people from cowlick to toenails. Hairstylists and color specialists sling Kevin Murphy products as they refashion mop tops into chic styles and add depth and dimension with highlights.
At the nail station, Nikki the nail tech indulges hands and feet with spa manicures and pedicures and vibrant OPI color. Environmentally friendly cleansers and moisturizers by Éminence are used during exfoliating facials, which a licensed aesthetician customizes for each client. Avery Bella also offers a specially designed salon and spa menu for guys.