Christina Rodriguez graduated from massage school in 2011 and has been soothing muscles in 30-, 60-, and 90-minute increments ever since. Her experience has given her a well-rounded repertoire of massage techniques, including Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massage, as well prenatal massages that can ease the aches and pains of pregnancy and turn swallowed watermelon seeds into babies.
Founded with the goal of outfitting its pupils with the skills necessary to excel in the spa and salon industries, Milan Institute of Cosmetology deploys a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes professionalism and hands-on learning to train fledgling cosmetologists and aestheticians around the country. As the most important aspect of the course of study, student salons and spas serve as a real-world classroom wherein nascent beauticians—under the careful supervision of their instructors—can practice their newly minted skills on humans or sentient mannequins. The beauty apprentices gussy up patrons head to toe via sundry lavish salon and spa services—specific to each location—that may include nail services, haircare, facials therapeutic massages, or nourishing body wraps.
Dr. Gregory Stafford had tried nearly everything. After suffering from back pain for several years, he unsuccessfully attempted to fix his pain with drugs and spinal injections, stopping short of surgery. Instead, and the behest of his wife, he went to a chiropractor. The pain quickly dissolved and changed his life so dramatically that he quit his job at a pharmaceutical rep and went back to school to become a chiropractor.
Now at the helm of his own clinic, he fixes his patients vertebra by vertebra with consultations and digital x-rays that unearth the cause of pain. Alleviating aches and strengthening bodies is a number of services including massages, adjustments, and exercises such as pushups with an exercise ball or bench-pressing Dr. Stafford.
With more than 15 years of experience, massage therapist Deborah has had plenty of time to perfect muscle soothing techniques. Inside her quiet studio near Old Town Clovis, she eases tense muscles and tissue with four modalities—Swedish, shiatsu, deep tissue, and reflexology—and a serenade from Mrs. Potts and Chip from Beauty and the Beast.
Whereas other staff members at Mind, Body & Massage Spa help clients feel good with stretching and massages, Emily Rossotti helps clients look good with facial services. She offers numerous facials, including those that focus on the back or the skincare needs of men or teens. She also provides alpha-beta, lactic acid, and glycolic peels, which exfoliate and brighten complexions. Waxing and body wraps round out her services.
Tresorle Salon and Spa's highly trained strand-snippers mold updated 'dos with products from such brands as Paul Mitchell and Kenra, while keratin smoothing treatments oust unflattering frizz. During an hour-long appointment, scissors shear through ends and ensnared jump ropes before hairdressers fashion a new coif from cropped locks. Clients can also add two hours and a Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy treatment to their cut for sleeker strands. The formula sinks natural keratin proteins into cuticles, flattening flyaways and infusing manes with a polished finish. All hair types—including chemically treated or colored fibers—can sport straightened, velveteen head-threads for up to two and a half months following the treatment, as long as patrons wait three days to wash their hair or take their convertible storm-chasing.
As he revealed in a 2011 issue of Fresno magazine, Jaber Audi first discovered alternative healing methodologies after injuring his back. Rather than risk the side effects associated with modern medication, he sought relief through various holistic therapies, including acupressure, craniosacral therapy, and aqua massage. Deeply impressed with the procedures’ effectiveness at naturally relieving pain, he went on to learn their techniques and open his own health spa, Touch of Japan.
By balancing the mind, body, and spirit, Jaber and his resident massage therapist, Sandy, have led clients to health and the spa to two Best Day Spa titles from Central Valley’s People Choice Awards. Clients can stop in for a range of treatments—sometimes incorporated into a single session—including lymph drainage, shiatsu, and relaxing Swedish massages. To alleviate chronic headaches and muscular pain, the spa encourages clients to enroll in preventative maintenance every week or month, depending on how often they want to play hooky from work.