Angel Ong is a member of the distinguished team of stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists that makes up the staff at GMS Art of Beauty. The staff's credentials make this boutique spa and salon a clinic of expertise and vision?there are Master Stylists and Master colorists, licensed aestheticians, and certified educators, with backgrounds that include work for TV and Hollywood red carpet events. Amidst overstuffed velvet couches, cone-shaped hanging lamps, and distressed walls, Angel and her colleagues pretty up the hair, skin, nails, and bodies. From hair design to signature facials and skin resurfacing, the stylists and aestheticians tailor their craft to embellish each client's individual features and blend with the features of their stunt double. Between GMS Art of Beauty's salon and spa, they offer everything from cuts and keratin treatments to anti-aging treatments, massage, and nail care.
Elements Massage fends off unnecessary medical procedures with soothing techniques that trigger the body's natural healing abilities. Clients are paired with therapists who assess their specific aches and health conditions. They then use four levels of pressure and a blend of up to six modalities, such as deep-tissue, Swedish massage, and finger ballet, to create a customized massage. Their soothing kneads combat pain, loosen tight limbs, and disperse oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.
The massage therapists at Pure Health resolutely commit themselves to relieving chronic pains. With each massage, they strive to have clients leave feeling better than they did when they first came in?whether they were covered in aches, knots, or jellyfish. To this end, the therapists perform a variety of massage modalities, ranging from the deep strokes of Swedish massage and the scent-assisted relaxation of the aromatherapy technique to the hot, soothing rocks of hot-stone massage.
Text neck may sound like a gimmicky condition, but Doctor of Chiropractic Jonathan Sweeney would say otherwise. Texting tends to draws the neck forward, resulting in a posture that can cause muscle strain, as well as more serious problems such as disk hernias and pinched nerves.
To undo the effects of text neck, sports and work injuries, and other function-impacting issues, Dr. Sweeney and his team take an integrative, holistic approach that considers the whole body. Based on initial examinations, the staff—which includes massage therapist Kelly Allen and eclectic-health practitioner Dee Dee Torre—decides what treatment or combination of treatments would have the most positive impact on each patient. This might include chiropractic adjustments done alone, or in conjunction with therapies such as massage, rehabilitative strength training, or reiki healing that aims to infuse patients with healthful energy.
Having honed her skills at Healing Arts Institute and a number of upscale spas, massage therapist Martha Escamilla moved back to her native San Jose to open her own practice. The result is Gifted Hands Massage, a relaxation haven tucked inside the yellow house that hosts Century Chiropractic Center.
Inside, Martha relaxes muscles and relieves tension with Swedish, deep-tissue, and pregnancy massage, customizing each session to address each client's particular therapeutic needs. She also works to stimulate healthy energy flow and promote overall wellness through reiki, a healing practice that involves laying on of hands. Her 5- to 30-minute onsite chair massages help relax office workers at their places of business or at the chaise-lounge factory of their choice.
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.