The staff at Healing Arts Institute instructs aspiring therapists in body work that aims to eliminate pain from the center of the body. Anatomy and physiology classes, classrooms with full-length mirrors, and more than 1,600 square feet of space help interns learn body mechanics. A vast understanding of the body?s inner workings help them as they move from classroom study to the school?s onsite spa, where clients can schedule massages with them or with the school?s experts. Student interns complete over 200 hours of training, and while beginning interns perform gentle Swedish-style massages, more advanced practitioners can quell injuries with their handiwork. Regardless of style, all of Healing Arts Institute?s clients depart from the massage clinic feeling more relaxed than a sloth traveling through a speed trap.
Healing Arts Institute also has a community-acupuncture clinic where a licensed acupuncturist, not a student, inserts needles into several clients at once. Clients lie back in recliners and rest while the needles go to work. Because the acupuncturist can treat multiple people at a time and no private treatment rooms are used, community acupuncture costs less than private acupuncture. It is also the type of acupuncture commonly used in Asia.
When she's trying to make someone relax, massage therapist Jenny Henderson doesn't stop at a simple Swedish, sports, or hot-stone massage. She supplements most of these treatments with sweet-smelling aromatherapy, plus optional add-ons. Two of these?a scented foot bath and reflexology treatments?pamper the feet. The remaining treatment, cupping, can stimulate circulation and the flow of lymph fluid using suction. For clients who prefer a less firm sports massage, Jenny also leads stretching-only sessions, which help them to become flexible enough to snap a football to themselves.
In her years as a massage therapist, 23rd and J owner Teresa Vega has not only perfected her technique, but she's honed her own signature massage style. She puts an extra-relaxing spin on modalities such as reflexology, hot-stone, Thai, and deep-tissue massage?Teresa complements every session with a bubbly footbath, a salt scrub, and hot towels. Outside of her massage offerings, Teresa also uses tattoo ink and a steady, artful hand to apply permanent eyeliner, lip liner, lipstick, and brow makeup. She'll even add a sassy beauty mark, or draw a pair of glasses so clients always look smart.
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.
Certified massage therapist Natasha K. Apiag brings her expertise to every massage she performs at Enlighten Bodhi Massage. A versatile practitioner, she offers a wide range of massage modalities, from relaxing Swedish treatments to zesty aromatherapy massages.
Family Spa is a place for the entire family to enjoy. Chair massages, along with foot and body massages are offered. Though the techniques may be simple, the result revitalizes the body and energizes the mind. Combine both a foot and body massage for a completely relaxing experience. Oil massages are available as well. For feet that need extra attention, try foot reflexology treatment. Guests enter Family Spa to find a soothing autumn color palette complete with accents of nature and candles to begin the relaxation of the senses. Then, the massage completes the rest. Stop by during the day or after work to get a weekly massage, keeping the body ready for the next week. Specials and more information are available on Family Spa’s website.