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.
A close-knit team of hair stylists, aestheticians, and nail technicians keeps abreast of the latest beauty techniques to craft tranquil spa and salon experiences. Massage and body treatments marry Eastern and Western techniques, and a line of 45- to 60-minute facials targets complexion concerns while preserving fleeting facial expressions with professional products from Dermalogica, PCA, and DermaQuest. The bustling salon shapes trendy hairstyles for men and women as well as glistening nails with OPI products at cushioned manicure stations and whirlpool pedicure chairs.
Linda Bowers channels two decades of experience in the health and beauty industry into her vision: helming a tranquil spa that allows the mind, spirit, and body to relax and rejuvenate. To do this, she’s transformed her studio into a peaceful refuge where clients can temporarily escape the stresses of work, family, and ferociously persistent encyclopedia salesmen. Within these peaceful digs, she and her staff perform services for the skin, including facials, corrective skin peels, and microdermabrasion. They also gussy up appearances with SofTap permanent makeup and spa waxing sessions performed with gentle products. To ensure relaxation penetrates deeper than skin level, the staff hosts a full menu of relaxing massages that include traditional Swedish massages, deep-tissue modalities, and hot-stone therapies.
When it comes to promoting holistic wellness, there are few therapies that fall outside Mija Cameto's scope. The certified massage therapist alleviates stress and muscle pains with standard relaxation and deep-tissue techniques, but she's also adept at performing a number of alternative modalities. Her specialties include Japanese reiki and shiatsu and Hawaiian lomi lomi, a modality that incorporates fluid motions and percussive tapping to unblock the flow of energy. Mija works at the Journey Center in Shingle Springs, but for an additional fee she can perform sessions in the comfort of your home, office, or giant peach.
Massage therapist Carly Bradley customizes her massages—Swedish, deep-tissue, aromatherapy, sports therapy, and hot stone—to address the unique needs of her clients. This is her mission at Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork—to break from the boilerplate and give each client what they need, whether it’s a therapeutic massage for a sore back or an hour-long release from standing in as the family’s dinner table. Her massages typically use a mix of different modalities and include features such as hot towels and hot stones. Carly also has hands-on experience servicing clients that have special needs such as stroke victims and the physically disabled. Combining skills she learned at the Healing Arts Institute with a deep sense of compassion, Carly strives to help her clients achieve mind-body harmony through massage.
The stresses of everyday life can be draining—both physically and mentally. At East2West Massage and Wellness, the therapists specialize in providing clients with a sorely needed jolt of rejuvenation, using specialized massage modalities to alleviate tension and increase alertness. For an indulgent afternoon escape, the therapists can use relaxing Swedish strokes to boost circulation and gently soothe musculature near the surface. Deep-tissue techniques take a more therapeutic approach by targeting the knots and tension-laden connective tissue that can contribute to chronic pain. Additionally, the therapists offer the unique modality of Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi massage, which not only eases aches but also quiets minds.