Shortly after receiving her certification, licensed massage therapist Pinky Nhanesana set out to find a job in a spa. She thought that her combined education in massage and business management would attract potential employers, but the fact that she was also expecting her first child complicated matters. Undeterred by the fact that most businesses seemed unwilling to hire a mother-to-be, Pinky set out to create her own studio—one where she could share her talents and enhance her clients’ overall well-being with massages and other therapeutic treatments.
Six years later, Pinky knows even more about stress as the proud mother of three. Stationed in an office inside Club X Gym—not far from her home in Santa Rosa—she plies muscles with gliding strokes and firm pressures, paying attention to her clients’ individual tensions from sitting in stiff office chairs or commuting to work on bareback tigers. Committed to continually learning new skills and techniques, Pinky updates her list of services regularly. Alongside Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue massages, her current menu includes reflexology and body scrubs.
Calistoga Massage & Chiropractic Center is a chiropractic practice, massage center, massage school, and weight-loss clinic all in one. Its founder, doctor of chiropractic Steven Ticen, has tended to patients for nearly a third of a century with services that run the gamut from chiropractic care and Zerona body contouring to hot-stone massage and spa facials. He employs a number of graduates from his attached massage-therapy school, which teaches students a signature technique, the Calistoga massage?a firm, Swedish?style massage that relieves tension and cures the phobia of other people's fingers.
Doctor of Chiropractic Richard Fourzon of Fourzon Chiropractic and Laser Center ushers traditional chiropractic into the modern era. He combines its founding principles of drug-free, noninvasive health care with techniques that use up-to-date technology. Instead of "popping" the back with conventional adjustments or rolled-up wet towels, he uses an arthrostim device that gently moves discs into healthier positions. Laser therapy circumvents the skin without breaking it to focus its therapeutic beams on internal scarring and inflammation.
The stylists and nail techs of Mane Event Salon & Spa apply 25 years of collective beauty-industry experience to pamper patrons inside their tranquil, earth-toned space. Red curtains billow as deft trims evict split ends from patrons seated in salon chairs or excess foliage from houseplants preening themselves in broad mirrors. A footbath at the base of a spa pedicure throne soaks guests' toes in effervescent bubbles before techs brush on polish or adorn fingers with acrylic tips.
At MaxLife, Dr. Tanya Maximoff has one goal: to help her patients lead healthy, pain-free lives. To do so, she combines her training in chiropractic adjustments with massage therapist Kelly's skills in massage therapy—two treatments that activate the body's self-healing abilities without the use of drugs or profuse begging. In addition to hands-on therapies, Dr. Maximoff also fosters healthier eating habits by doling out nutrition counseling.
At Health Performance Chiropractic, Doctor of Chiropractic Darius Bunyad cares for his patients with a whole-body health regimen that easily adjusts to address all body types, from athletes to pregnant women to children. He became a chiropractor because he wanted to fight spinal misalignment—which he says is the root of most aches and pains, particularly those associated with age—and to focus on improving overall wellness. Dr. Bunyad cares so much about this problem that he began volunteering in his home country of Afghanistan in order to help those in need of spinal adjustments and additional medical care. Dr. Bunyad’s compassion and dedication to patient care led him to establish Health Performance Chiropractic in 2011, and he has already overseen the treatment of hundreds of residents with chiropractic services and restorative massage therapy. Because he also believes that overall wellness involves positive self-esteem, Dr. Bunyad uses Zerona laser treatments to reduce inches as well as to help train his laser-tag team, the Fightin' Lumbars, for future battles.