Licensed aestheticians and massage therapists Kaitlyn and Sangria of Zen for Men ignore the myth that women alone long for pampering. The two unwind masculine muscles with Swedish and Esalen massage techniques, keep whiskers in check with professional barbering, and revamp rugged visages with facials. The interior crackles with charcoal-black accents set off against walls the bright red of the Kool-Aid Man realizing he ran through the wall of the wrong house. Beneath gold statuettes, potted orchids, and hanging art, crimson blankets drape across massage beds.
The licensed massage therapists at Lamorinda Reflexology & Wellness perform muscle-management services designed to alleviate tension and treat chronic pain. In addition to Swedish and deep-tissue massages, they specialize in foot reflexology and other holistic treatments that clear energy pathways throughout the body. To enhance visits, the center provides clients with tea to sip and gluten-free Oreos to juggle.
Before earning his doctorate and moving to Costa Rica with his wife to work in chiropractic clinics, Doctor of Chiropractic Beckman worked as a neuroscientist for the drug industry. In his bio he describes this career change as a 180, because he is now dedicated to helping people maintain their wellness rather than masking their pain with pharmaceutical drugs.
At his practice in Lafayette, Dr. Beckman uses chiropractic treatments to offer comprehensive healthcare to each of his clients with a specialty in family care and sports chiropractic. Therapies include active-release techniques to remove scar tissue from muscles, as well as physiotherapy exercises to stretch and strengthen muscles in problem areas. The staff also offers physical therapy and exercise training in its gym to strengthen the body and prevent further injuries. In addition, Dr. Beckman pairs with massage therapist Sandy Denzler to offer treatments that help the body repair itself, much like the treatments a car receives at a holistic mechanic.
Green Spa Massage puts bodies back into balance with rejuvenating back and foot massages. Within the spa's scented rooms offering an array of fragrances, Swedish or deep-tissue massages disentangle muscle knots and improve range of motion with deep kneads, gentle pressure, or smooth, gliding strokes. Meanwhile, their foot massages and reflexology treat aching feet and promote feelings of well-being.
How does one start a skincare business with no equipment, products, or money? Kim Evans found herself in that predicament when she started her business immediately after passing the state boards. With nothing but faith and a strong work ethic, she began tending to her clients' skin needs inside a rented room of a small spa. She worked 80 hours per week and became a licensed massage therapist to expand her business into what it is today: a wellness spa that enhances the beauty and health of skin and body through spa services and massage. Inside 2Gorjis Integrated Health & Wellness, three private treatment rooms house clients as two skin therapists cleanse surfaces during custom facials, or wrap bodies in aromatherapy herbal linens. The staff members bolster natural features with eyelash extensions, meticulous body waxing, and makeup artistry that includes exclamation points drawn next to eyebrows.
Back 2 Perfect Wellness Center's owner and massage therapist Laura has a sixth sense for what her clients need to heal. Using keen instinct honed over years of caring for people with chronic pain, stress, and general physical discomfort, Laura can tell where her clients' aches and pains lie and how to root them out with nine massage-therapy styles. Of course, Laura doesn't work on instinct alone. The attentive therapist takes the time to listen to visitors? ailments, and even encourages them to bring in a list of their symptoms, which can range from backaches to fatigue to premature antler molting. Laura customizes each massage session using therapeutic modalities including Swedish, trigger point, prenatal, and myofascial release. Laura also heads up a team of massage therapists with their own specialties, including a reiki master and sports-injury rehabilitator.