Certified massage practitioner Ian Edwards prefers to use firmer massage techniques, which are better at targeting pain and tension deep within muscles. At his spa, Five Point Palm Massage, he maneuvers between Swedish, deep-tissue, trigger point, and other modalities to customize each massage to the needs of the customer. He can also focus on specific areas of pain such as the back, neck and shoulders, or legs and feet.
The team at Monterey Day Spa, offers clients the spa services they seek: nailcare, hot-stone massages, gentlemen’s facials, and organic sugar scrubs. The staff provides services with natural, opulent products that incorporate soothing aromatherapy oils and creams where possible.
After spending a handful of years crunching numbers for her family's car business, Doran Poma decided to pursue a passion for skincare that she developed as a teenager. Since completing beauty school in 2006 and becoming a licensed aesthetician in 2007, Doran has used her expertise to clear the complexions of numerous clients, including a woman in her 50s who'd been dealing with acne since her teens. This April, Doran began running her skincare operation out of a gut-rehabbed salon, where she uses phytomer and Jan Marini products to pamper clients with specialized facials designed to treat conditions ranging from acne and discoloration to wrinkles in the time-space continuum.
At Peak Performance Massage, certified and experienced massage therapists offer a variety of soothing services. They specialize in sports and injury massage, in which they work on localized areas to increase flexibility and help lessen the chance of injury, but also offer other modalities, including Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massage. Their other treatments include steam therapy, scalp treatments, and foot scrubs.
In an open space of hardwood floors and walls of mirrors, members work up a sweat on treadmills and elliptical trainers while focusing their attention on the personal TVs each machine is equipped with. This is one of the many perks at FitU's Modesto, Oakdale, and Riverbank locations, some of which also feature massage therapy that can soothe muscles after working out or running into the weight room’s clear plexiglass walls. The enthusiastic staff is always on hand to dole out pointers to those heaving free weights or pushing toward David-like physiques on the circuit weight-training machines. They also motivate patrons in a social setting with group fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and spinning sessions. During one-on-one personal-training sessions, they zero in on a patron's abilities and goals to develop a challenging, yet manageable, fitness regimen. In addition to all the fitness-related amenities, the Modesto and Oakdale locations also feature cardio movie theaters and childcare facilities.
Armed with master’s degrees in Chinese Medicine, Oona Hull and Daniela Urbassek work to naturally detect and ease the source of poor health. Their practice, Acupuncture and Alternative Medicine Center, takes full advantage of Eastern medicine to offer patients a full flight of preventative care. Their acupuncture treatments help relieve blockages in the body’s energy pathways, and natural herbs fill the holes in the Western diet commonly caused by eating too many processed foods.
Continuing the center’s theme of natural restoration, Daniela uses massage therapy to calm overworked muscles; the insight she gets from being a yoga instructor helps her be more in tune with her clients’ bodily maladies. The center also offers ancient qi gong therapies that help bolster the body’s energy and ability to heal itself, which is why UFC fighters often undergo qi gong mid-bout.
Aspects Advanced Face and Body may not be for the indecisive. Its vast menu of treatments spans the entire spectrum of spa options. This staggering range of treatments goes from decadent massages to beautifying facials and waxing sessions. For clients who truly can’t make up their minds, those who need a little extra time away from home, or those on the run from bounty hunters, Aspects tempts with a number of spa packages.