Having planned and executed massage therapy for the Tennessee Titans and competitors in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, the muscle menders at Athletic Edge know how to help the body recover from physical trauma and athletic exertion. Their highly individualized treatments pull from more than 15 modalities—soothing muscles with gliding Swedish strokes, targeting the deeper connective tissue with neuromuscular therapy, and even combining salutary techniques to treat the underlying causes of aches. Although the gentle or directed kneading can have a distinctively relaxing effect, the therapists specialize in jump-starting clients' natural healing processes and helping them overcome the soft-tissue pains that athletic activity, auto accidents, and full-contact charades can cause. The studios also partner with chiropractors and physical therapists to form a one-stop treatment center for athletes, with particular modalities complementing the strains incurred by particular sports.
The aesthetic professionals at Salon Elizabeth treat skincare as an art as well as a science, wielding advanced products from Repêchage, Cellex-C, DermaQuest Skin Therapy, and glo therapeutics. Over the span of two decades, the staff has cultivated a peaceful environment in which to perform skin-revitalization treatments and break the news to their parents that MTV no longer plays music videos. In private treatment rooms, they help clients erase signs of aging with medical therapies such as IPL photo-facials, biosonic microdermabrasion, and alpha-hydroxy acid peels, as well as spa therapists such as European, herbal-enzyme, and vitamin C-infused anti-aging facials. They also tone whole bodies with seaweed wraps, tangerine-lavender scrubs, infrared sauna sessions, and therapeutic massages.
At Back 2 Balance Massage & Holistic Services, Robin deGroot doesn't just give massages. With her long list of degrees and certifications in areas that include fine arts, health education, and teaching, Robin also dispenses health advice and life guidance. When it comes to massage therapy, she's proficient in such modalities as Swedish, prenatal, and shiatsu.
Co-founder Gillian Clark's been teaching since 1987 and is certified as both an instructor and personal trainer through ACE, AFAA, and Cal State Hayward. After developing the Yoga Booty Ballet at Crunch, Clark and partner Teigh McDonough (a trained instructor, trainer, dancer, choreographer, actress, and movement director for more than 20 years) created the boutique body-shop Swerve.
A foot rub is more than just a foot rub at Harmony Reflexology. The massage therapists here knead specific points on the soles and hands in an effort to combat aches and ailments throughout the body. The idea behind the treatments is that various organ systems and glands respond to this strategically administered, healing pressure. The therapists also perform full-body treatments, such as Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages, which they can combine with reflexology for a soothing head-to-toe experience.
The multispecialty team at Body Kneads takes a no-frills approach to pampering. Stylists offer guests a complimentary beverage as they get down to business transforming hair and nails. Aestheticians analyze skin during hydrating facials, and massage pros aim to send bodies into a state of relaxation. Whereas the jacuzzi area boasts a wall-length mural depicting a mountainous lake scene, the main salon is simply decorated with plants and flowers. Large mirrors allow patrons to admire freshly tanned skin or check to see if a body-scrub treatment has removed a self-applied chocolate bull's-eye meant for Cupid.