For more than a decade, The Kneaded Touch’s massage mavens have reduced pain, increased energy, and ameliorated anxiety with deft touches and expert techniques. Nestle into one of the studio's comfy beds for an hour-long Swedish massage, during which time stress will be scolded while muscles are tenderized by wise hands guided by topographical maps of Scandinavia. The facility’s clean, inviting rooms are stocked with plants and candles, making for a superbly serene atmosphere in which daily troubles dissolve.
The massage therapists at Nice To Be Kneaded Massotherapy customize massage sessions to fit the needs of each individual. During a relaxation massage, therapists use gentler strokes to boost circulation. They can deepen their pressure for sports massages, which aim to speed healing and unravel stubborn knots and bowties. They also incorporate aromatherapy and hot stones to further relax clients and relieve stiffness.
Although each massage therapist has his or her own technique, most have the same end goal: the well-being of the client. With Shannon at Body and Soul Massotherapy, clients should see massage as a tool of healing, whether they are recovering from injury, need to unwind from tension, or have been walking around with their elbows pointed outward all day. Shannon and her cohorts expunge stress with a range of modalities, including soothing relaxation to more-intense deep tissue.
Esprés Nails and Spa’s massage therapists melt away tension using Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, prenatal, shiatsu, foot-massage or reiki techniques. Spagoers who choose the first option feel smooth, flowing strokes sweep over tense feet, relaxing tendons drawn taut after too many games of beach racquetball. 20-minute detoxifying ionic foot baths then soothe feet when negative ions dive into warm water and lie in wait under the waves to drag toxins out of toes.
Sacred Cross Horse Services founder Ashley Mason has transformed her extensive background in horseback riding and show jumping into a unique training program. At stables tucked away in redwood forests, students attend English-style riding lessons that focus on basic fundamentals such as grooming, tacking, and learning how to bond with horses. The lessons cater to students' individual needs and skill levels while simultaneously prioritizing their education and enjoyment. Sacred Cross also leads horse camps for children, as well as lessons designed to impart a sense of responsibility, teach empathy, and stop them from trying to lead the dog into a canter. Students are required to wear long pants and heeled shoes while riding.