Carpenters are partial to hammers, hairdressers favor scissors, but massage therapist Bernadette's tool of choice is her hands. The specialist deploys them to perform an array of therapeutic massages, easing aches and pains with soothing strokes and essential oils. Bernadette also offers an array of rejuvenating spa services, pampering clients with relaxing stone massages, firming anti-cellulite treatments, and mango-scented scrubs.
When Monica Wason moved to Salinas, she was in the midst of planning an addition to her family. Though she soon discovered that there were no prenatal health venues near her new home, she was undeterred. She decided that she'd simply open one herself, and founded Green Belly as a wellness center for fellow pregnant women. Soon, her clientele expanded to include postnatal and non-pregnant women as well as men, prompting Monica to broaden her efforts. She funneled her experiences as a nurse and massage therapist into pampering services, and hired a teaching staff to help lead yoga, Pilates, and belly-dancing sessions. Today, she continues to welcome guests from all walks of life into Green Belly's lime- and cream-colored rooms to fulfill their wellness needs. As sun beams through the studio's skylight and bay windows, her aestheticians work to brighten faces with Jadience skincare products. She exclusively stocks the spa with organic products, complementing the center's nature-inspired décor while also honoring the trees who taught her slow-breathing techniques.
Despite it's name, Back Pain, Neck Pain & Headache Relief Center does more than relieve upper-body aches and pains. The center is helmed by Doctor of Chiropractic Mark Kimes, whose chiropractic adjustments alleviate carpal-tunnel syndrome, tingling in the limbs, and fibromyalgia, as well as headaches and neck and back pain. The center also offers pain-relieving massages and nutritional programs, which include supplements and negative-calorie ice-cream sandwiches.
Graciela Gonzalez focuses on blanketing her clients with a deep sense of relaxation during each massage session at Sereneti Massage. She accomplishes this fete with techniques that include Swedish, deep tissue, shiatsu, and reflexology. Graciela also massage clients in the comfort of their own home or a vacationing neighbor’s home.
Heaven Scent Day Spa & Salon is an elegant space, with golden walls, soft chandeliers, and a trickling fountain. Skilled stylists float about the salon, transforming hair with cuts, color treatments, and smoothing keratin blowouts. Meanwhile, in spa treatment rooms, skincare specialists rejuvenate skin with exfoliating body wraps and anti-aging facials. Massage therapists soothe aches and pains with an array of massages, including Swedish, aromatherapy, and reflexology. And at mani-pedi stations, nail technicians pamper clients with paraffin hand treatments and detoxifying foot masks.
Aestheticians at Vitality Skin Care coax forth deep exhalations, drawing upon Epicurean Discovery's line of natural skincare products to tailor facials and body treatments to individual needs. Cosmetologists work amid racks of Glo Mineral makeup, jane iredale products, and paraffin wax for soothing hands and faking the royal seal on field-trip permission slips. Meanwhile, massage therapists call upon aromatherapy and various modalities to mend aching muscles and balance internal energies, and Infinity Sun airbrush-tan units slip silently across skin.