Back in Action Massage owner Chris Barnes and his staff of therapists know a thing or two about relaxation. When he wasn’t spending blissful afternoons lounging on the deck of his sailboat, Barnes logged 900 hours in National Holistic Institute's core program. In the process, he achieved the highest levels of massage mastery available. An expert in Swedish, shiatsu, Thai, and deep tissue massage, he also uses his adroit hands to relieve stress by performing myofacial therapy or opening really stubborn cream cheese packets for clients during big meetings.
Angelina Spector may have been a certified personal trainer since 1994, but according to her, she's actually in the business of making dreams come true. "Physical transformation begins with a dream," she says on MindBody Connection’s site, referring to the secret hopes her clients hold for what their bodies might be able to do or look like. She keeps these hopes in mind when constructing individualized regimens that build muscle and burn fat through group exercise workshops or personal-training sessions.
With the aid of six other teachers, Angelina slims physiques with a selection of name-brand exercises, such as Pilates, Gyrotonic, and the Nia Technique, a combination of martial arts and dance used to fight off the rhythm when it inevitably comes to get you.
With more than 10 years of experience in soothing sinews, Anya Drapkin blends a variety of Eastern and Western massage modalities to lift aches from anxious backs and shoulders. Backed by an impressive list of certification and training, Anya uses her skilled hands to knead muscles using organic lotions and light oils, complementing custom massages with soothing aromatherapy. Practicing styles that include Swedish, deep-tissue, myofascial-release, and prenatal massage, therapeutic sessions work to lessen stress or focus on repairing areas of specific injury from work-related repetitive motions or participation in professional body-slam competitions.
When he opened his wellness center after seven years of practice and even more years of dreaming, Elon Bartlett, D.C. wanted his office to be a family-friendly place. The facility offers easy access for strollers, and the bathroom hosts a baby-changing table, where parents can change their babies into independent adults. There are also toys and kids' books in the waiting room.
Acorn's welcoming atmosphere is a perfect pairing for its treatments, which help patients young and old find relief from pain through chiropractic care, massage, and yoga. The office also serves as a center for holistic prenatal services, including pregnancy massage, baby care, and breech prevention.
Licensed acupuncturist Christopher Pearson and his team at Be Well Integral Healing Space strive to not only help heal patients, but to do it in the healthiest way possible. To achieve this level of wellness, they established a lineup that includes a licensed naturopathic doctor, a certified massage therapist, and two licensed acupuncturists. Supplemented by herbal and naturopathic family medicine, Be Well Integral Healing Space specializes in the ancient arts of massage and acupuncture.
The quartet of healers outfitted their space to soothe the eyes and minds as they work on bodies. Rows of candles cast soft light across the private treatment rooms, creating a calming astmosphere that is mirrored in the gauzy fabrics draped over massage beds and cascading from the ceilings. Potted plants and sunlight bring a touch of nature, without having to find a squirrel certified in acupuncture.
The certified massage therapists at Oakland Massage Therapy ply away muscle tension with practiced strokes and spa-like add-ons. Within a cozy private room, they mend aches with gentle Swedish strokes and stretch sore muscles with deep-tissue kneads. Warm towels envelop backs and limbs in soothing comfort enhanced further by the penetrating heat of hot stones. Therapists also soften skin with salt scrubs, and tackle stressful thoughts about work or the ending of 1984 with aromatherapy.