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.
"Sano" means health, and that is the focus of the staff members at the Sano Spa at Casa Munras Hotel - Monterey as they perform beauty and wellness treatments, such as massages, facials, and waxing services, using natural ingredients and essential oils. The spa's four spacious rooms are each equipped to host an array of treatments, including facials, massages, and body wraps and scrubs. Rich, exotic ingredients pervade each treatment, such as pure beeswax and aromatherapy oils incorporated into custom massages, or the marine-based serums used in the youth-glow facial, which evokes radiance unseen since before faces learned that the Fountain of Youth isn't real. The nourishing elements of brown sugar, seaweed oils, and coconut body butters bolster eight types of body treatments including wraps, scrubs, and baths. Sano's skilled technicians also provide makeup applications for special occasions and airbrush bodies with a natural-looking, sunless tan that makes the sun second-guess its relevance.
Between treatments at the upscale retreat, robe- and slipper-clad clients lounge beneath alcoves draped with ivory linens as they sip on cups of hot tea or a re-mineralizing cocktail. Lush plants and vibrant flowers weave around Sano Spa's outdoor garden, where patrons soak in the sun as they ease into a steamy Jacuzzi or curl up next to the glowing fire pit.
In 1981, Rabia Erduman's search for truth led her from Istanbul, her country of origin, to an ashram in India, where a meditative spiritual experience amid thousands of people helped her discover that life offers each individual many options and that change is possible. She went on to earn a bachelor's degree in psychology and become a certified hypnotherapist, and now assists others who are struggling toward self-discovery. In addition to facilitating change via the subconscious mind, Erduman performs bodywork, such as reiki energy therapy and therapeutic massage.
Erduman leads self-awareness workshops and is the author of Veils of Separation, a modern-day fairy tale narrated from the perspective of the inner child. She has also created several CDs that guide people toward true happiness. Her relaxation CD mimics the sound of the ocean and the rhythm of waves, relaxing the mind so it can become fully still and attuned to the subtleties of a seashell's life story.
Like a cottage out of a fairy tale, A Petite Retreat is framed by lush greenery and cobblestone pathways. Thankfully, there are no wolves in disguise roaming the halls of this charming spa?only the faint aroma of lavender and a friendly staff that will lead you to a private treatment room.
That?s not to say an experience at A Petite Retreat is anything less than enchanting. The spa?s two licensed massage therapists come equipped with organic healing ointments and warm heating pads that prepare muscles for custom Swedish and deep-tissue massages. The duo?s facials brighten complexions with vitamin-C and grape-vine extracts, and their body scrubs soften skin with an aquatic blend of mud and sea salt as they croon relaxing whale songs.
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.
To its proprietors, Body Sense is defined as "the ability to pay attention to our sensations, emotions, and movements." They believe that through this self-awareness, a person can find and sustain full-body wellness. The licensed technicians at Body Sense work with guests to determine the source of imbalance in the body and help find a suitable treatment. This may manifest as a customized skincare treatment or a therapeutic bodywork session that eases tension and promotes deep relaxation.