Bhaskar Banerji still remembers where he was when he decided to become a healer. He was sitting down for another one of his Western and Non-Western Medicine classes at the University of Michigan when that day?s lecture on polarity therapy began. The lesson did more than just captivate him?it inspired him. And so, over the course of the next 25 years, he went on to practice energy healing, study shiatsu and Swedish massage at the National Holistic Institute, and travel to Chiang Mai, Thailand, to hone the art of Thai massage at the Sunshine Network. Upon returning to the states, he bolstered his experiences with a master?s in holistic-health education from JFK University.
Today, Banerji teaches Thai massage at the McKinnon Institute, sharing his insights during both beginner and intermediate classes. In class, he shows his students how to rotate joints, stretch muscles, apply pressure, and cut blue wires even when the red ones seem like the obvious choice. And of course, he also offers Thai massages for those who want to simply relax and enjoy the soothing combination of yogic movements and breema modalities.
The licensed massage therapists and estheticians at Sofitel Massage believe that true beauty begins on the inside, which is why they offer relaxing treatments that bring out the good in every one of their clients. At this carefully designed, soothing studio, spa-goers can receive Swedish, deep-tissue, reflexology, or Thai massages that help to loosen tight muscles. Clients can also stick around for an hour-long massage, or spend the day enjoying other de-stressing treatments from within the comforts of this quiet oasis.
At Rutsamee Thai Spa BodyWork, a team of trained massage therapists uses traditional Thai massage techniques to help clients achieve a balance between their physical and mental wellness. The spa's signature treatment, the Thai body massage, combines gentle kneading with calculated stretching of the muscles and joints. Alternatively, therapists can perform other services such as Thai foot scrubs and reflexology treatments, aromatherapy massages with essential oils, and deep-tissue massages.
Family Spa is a place for the entire family to enjoy. Chair massages, along with foot and body massages are offered. Though the techniques may be simple, the result revitalizes the body and energizes the mind. Combine both a foot and body massage for a completely relaxing experience. Oil massages are available as well. For feet that need extra attention, try foot reflexology treatment. Guests enter Family Spa to find a soothing autumn color palette complete with accents of nature and candles to begin the relaxation of the senses. Then, the massage completes the rest. Stop by during the day or after work to get a weekly massage, keeping the body ready for the next week. Specials and more information are available on Family Spa’s website.
Located in downtown Walnut Creek, Marquee Day Spa is a massage-only spa that has just one goal: make every massage exceptional. Believing that regular massage can help improve relaxation levels and circulation, as well as add to a general sense of well-being, the licensed massage therapists offer Swedish, and deep-tissue massages, along with shiatsu, acupressure, and reflexology.