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.
Backed by a degree from the National Holistic Institute and a California state massage certificate, Cynthia Silva hones in on ailing backs and tense shoulders. As she manipulates muscles and joints, decompressing the clenched gridlock formed by sitting at a computer all day or sleeping in a bicycle basket, her clients can fix their eyes on the painted butterflies that fan the walls, their wings outstretched as they float away alongside the last remnants of each patient's stress and tension.
Cynthia offers multiple massage modalities that cater to a wide range of needs. Swedish massages offer an hour of pure relaxation, prenatal massages soothe the overworked joints of expecting mothers, and deep-tissue massages deactivate pains emanating from sub-muscular layers. Before blissfully wobbling out of the studio, clients can shop an array of Detox Skin Intervention products which use all-natural, vegan ingredients to moisturize and detoxify the skin along with nourishing doses of Dead Sea salt. Backed by a local certification and state license, aesthetician Ashley Varien offers customized Dermalogica facials, body treatments, and waxing services to suit the needs of every client. She uses top-quality skin care products to personalize a treatment regimen, whether clients wish to combat aging, clear acne, or soothe sensitive skin. In addition to one-hour full-service facials, Ashley offers accelerated MicroZone treatments that target specific skin care concerns in only 20 minutes.
Clients lie sprawled out on comfy beds while polished Vogel-cut quartz crystals hang suspended above their bodies. This sets the scene inside of Hands of Light Massage Therapy, an oasis of holistic healing founded and run by Aimee Elam and Maria Ortega. Both are licensed massage therapists and well versed in numerous healing treatments. There are Swedish, hot-stone, and prenatal massages that benefit both physical and emotional well being. There are also exfoliating body scrubs that slough off dead skin. And then there's the aforementioned crystal bath. The crystals take on different colors?which correspond to the seven chakras. The colors emitted from the crystals are believed to cleanse participants' energy fields, making them feel as balanced and whole as a seesaw in zero gravity.
PG Laser Center & Chiropractic's presiding chiropractor, Doctor of Chiropractic Joe Glennon, complements his core chiropractic services with therapeutic laser treatments to ease discomfort and enhance exteriors. The center's FDA-cleared Avicenna high-powered laser bombards tissues with infrared energy to reduce pain, promote healing, and increase chances of finding car keys in the dark. Resident massage therapist Abel takes a hands-on approach to easing corporeal tension, employing techniques in quick 10-minute chair massages or 120-minute marathon sessions.
1976 was the United States' 200th birthday. It was the year the $2 bill was issued and the VHS was introduced. It was also the year that licensed acupuncturist and body mender Phil Caylor founded and instructed at one of the first massage schools in Santa Cruz. Now with more than 40 years of experience, Phil expertly slackens musculature with an ample repertoire of techniques.
Initial assessments of the body's overall health may segue into acupuncture to unblock energy flow or into the long, flowing strokes of Swedish massage to ease full-body tension. Whether releasing knots with firm deep-tissue techniques or investigating organ function with nutritional response testing, Phil complements his sessions with relaxation training to ensure wellness at home and pinky-lift training to prevent embarrassment at tea parties.
Vanity Skin Care's owner and chief aesthetician gifts women with a break from the world, and the chance to return to it feeling beautiful. She maintains a clean, peaceful spa, without a speck of dust to distract from her clients during treatments. There, she soothes skin with an array of facials and peels that reduce the appearance of sun spots, wrinkles, and acne. She also provides an array of waxing services to remove extra hair from faces and limbs where it could distract people while they are driving or turning cartwheels down the street.