As a nationally certified and licensed massage therapist with a master's degree in special education, Jolie Schiering knows the power that touch can have to reduce anxiety and show support. Drawing on this experience and more than 1,000 hours of bodywork instruction, Jolie tempers troubled sinews with a variety of massage techniques. Lounging in a private room, clients prepare for Swedish, shiatsu, or hot-stone bodywork as the scented tendrils of aromatherapy oils uncurl through the air. When not calming muscles as a therapist, Jolie uses knowledge gained while acquiring a personal-training license to compete in races such as the San Diego Marathon, and obtained CPR certification from Red Cross.
"Liberation Yoga is founded on the belief that every human being can and should be free." This motto sums up the philosophy of Liberation Yoga, while the center's practices put the motto into motion. Here, students can free themselves of stress and tension during classes that incorporate the mind-body-spirit connection through deep breathing, core-strengthening moves, and meditation. By practicing the ancient technique, students can also lower their risk of heart attacks and relinquish dependencies while increasing their self-awareness and sense of community with other practitioners. These benefits extend outside of classes as well. In the Wellness Center, visitors can further their healing during massage and reflexology sessions, reducing muscle aches and calming their minds from mentally cursing their muscle aches.
Skinny Buddha helps clients achieve balance and healthfulness in life with fitness classes and a menu of organic meals. Head chef Elyce Jacobson prepares healthy, organic foods and orchestrates catering services, and certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist Shaka Davidson leads small-group exercise classes and one-on-one training sessions.
Traditionally, all that's required of people getting a massage is to lie down and be quiet. Not true with the Thai massages at Thai Serenity Spa. During Thai massages, fully clothed clients lie on a mat on the floor while massage therapist Natwadee "Juju" Lippolis?who trained at the Taralai Thai Massage School in Bangkok?stretches their bodies by pulling limbs, lifting upper bodies up off the floor, and sometimes even rolling bodies over atop her own. All the while, she uses her palms, fingers, elbows, knees, and feet to activate pressure points, releasing tension and boosting energy flow throughout the body.
Juju is trained in plenty of other massage styles, including sports, prenatal, and hot stone. Aside from smoothing knotted muscles, she can smooth silhouettes with Lipo-Light body contouring treatments that use LED light to emulsify fat cells. It may sound clinical, but she performs the sessions in her cozy spa, a converted house with like-home touches, such as skylights, upholstered furniture, a tea bar, and bathrooms.
Michael Baier has been a full-time practitioner of the healing arts since 1999, and though he has been through certification programs and apprenticeships, he considers his hands-on experience his most valuable training. With more than 7,000 client sessions beneath his belt, he offers in-depth bodywork sessions, performing Thai yoga bodywork and traditional Thai massage to promote deep relaxation while relieving tensions. Michael brings a friendly demeanor to his work, and helps his clients improve the quality of their life through stress reduction therapy and energy healing treatments.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Most popular service: Acupuncture
Brands Used: Serin needles, Japanese golden moxa
Boris Shapiro grew up in the Soviet Union with a fascination with martial arts and Eastern medical practices instilled in him at an early age. He initially pursued Western medicine as a career, and in an attempt to broaden his abilities, he began incorporating Eastern practices into his work. However, after earning his medical doctorate, he decided to abandon his traditional Western practice, and headed to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York to earn a degree in acupuncture. He has since studied under countless acupuncture experts, and applies his knowledge one needle at a time, working to help his patients maintain overall wellness. Among many other ailments, his treatments are designed to address back pain, stress, fatigue, and depression.