Aestheticians at Vitality Skin Care coax forth deep exhalations, drawing upon Epicurean Discovery's line of natural skincare products to tailor facials and body treatments to individual needs. Cosmetologists work amid racks of Glo Mineral makeup, jane iredale products, and paraffin wax for soothing hands and faking the royal seal on field-trip permission slips. Meanwhile, massage therapists call upon aromatherapy and various modalities to mend aching muscles and balance internal energies, and Infinity Sun airbrush-tan units slip silently across skin.
Despite it's name, Back Pain, Neck Pain & Headache Relief Center does more than relieve upper-body aches and pains. The center is helmed by Doctor of Chiropractic Mark Kimes, whose chiropractic adjustments alleviate carpal-tunnel syndrome, tingling in the limbs, and fibromyalgia, as well as headaches and neck and back pain. The center also offers pain-relieving massages and nutritional programs, which include supplements and negative-calorie ice-cream sandwiches.
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.
Guests to Muse Carmel Spa can get their beauty and relaxation fix in a variety of ways. Massage options such as the Soul Searcher help soothe and unwind, and No Junk in the Trunk treatments stimulate circulation to help detoxify with anticellulite cream. Skin glows after relaxing body and facial treatments, including Dead Sea–salt glows, mud wraps, and anti-aging facials.
Daniele Uzes and Lishanna Tryllium, the cofounders of People's Integrative Medicine & Acupuncture, saw fit to gather a large team of holistic-health professionals whose specialties are as diverse as the practioners themselves. The roster includes a hypnotherapist, a chiropractor, massage therapists, and numerous acupuncturists and medical qi gong practitioners who have trained in China. The team collaborates to heal clients' physical and emotional ailments through private and community acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, and other forms of Eastern and Western medicine. The practicioners also accomodate their beach-loving clientele by specializing in surf-related injuries. Several on-staff aestheticians cater to countenances with facials, peels, and microdermabrasion, as well as full-body waxing services.
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.