Licensed massage therapist Phutsog Wangamo has spent more than 25 years practicing traditional Tibetan medicine, an art that first appeared millennia ago and later assimilated elements from the Greek, Ayurvedic, and Chinese healing traditions. Along with graduates of the Shang Shung Institute School of Tibetan Medicine, Wangamo founded a healing center where she could share this ancient healing art with others.
Today, Shang Shung Tibetan Healing Center continues to earn new converts with a holistic approach that focuses on balancing the mind and body. The center’s wellness professionals address problems that range from stress and insomnia to the aches of old age. A personalized health consultation benefits first-time patients, recommending dietary and lifestyle changes based on individual factors. The wellness expert might also suggest kunye massage, a Tibetan healing art that incorporates medicinal oils, hot stones, pressure-point therapy, and assisted stretching. For a more general overview of holistic health, sit in on one of the center’s monthly public talks. These informal gatherings center on topics such as pediatrics in Tibetan medicine and how to prevent aging without freezing oneself in carbonite.
Before founding Indigo Massage and Healing Center, Joe and Charity pursued virtually every interest they could, traveling across the globe to explore potential passions. Joe worked odd jobs and honed his interpersonal awareness as a nurses’ assistant and life coach, and Charity devoted herself to helping start a rainforest preserve in Costa Rica and volunteering at a Moroccan orphanage. Both their paths, however, eventually converged on their mutual passion: massage. Together, the couple boasts 500-hour certifications and endless additional training, and along with a team of doctors and bodywork experts, they work on issues ranging from muscle pain to overactive skeletons. Beyond the suite of wellness services, which includes acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, and yoga classes, the center offers mental counseling to ensure its clients’ holistic health.
At CLINIC Alternative Medicines, a team of massage therapists, acupuncturists, and holistic healers congregate in a like purpose: to heal the body without the use of drugs or surgery. Their approach to this mission involves a range of hands-on treatments such as massage and reiki sessions along with holistic modalities designed to tap into the body’s energy to locate and heal the source of illnesses. Before treating patrons with reflexology, nutritional therapy, or mind body counseling, the team demonstrates their commitment to wellness by consulting with each client to better understand their condition and goals.
Licensed massage therapist Pamela Smith kneads muscles to more soothed states, helping clients to achieve peace of mind and body. Through the blending of six different massage modalities, Pamela customizes the one-hour muscle molding to suit each client's needs. For example, athletic clients or those suffering from chronic injuries from games of full-contact checkers may receive a combination of sports massage and deep-tissue work to target tight muscles, coaxing them to less tense topographies through stern but comfortable pressure, similar to curfew lectures from concerned dads.
Massage Therapists Lindsey Anderson and Anne Roberts plow away clumps of tension, pain, and anxiety with massages in various modalities. Skilled in Swedish and deep-tissue, they tailor each session to their clients’ individual health issues; simply tell them what ails you during a pre-massage consultation, and they will make sure to focus their attention on areas with the highest concentration of tension or “Kick Me” signs.
Salon Herdis's amiable aestheticians pamper nails, hair, and skin with doting care and ample experience, earning them the title of Best Hair and Nail Salon in the Valley by the Valley Advocate. Treat a mother, grandmother, or fairy godmother to an afternoon of luxurious rejuvenation, beginning with the 75-minute custom facial, where an epidermal expert will scrutinize skinscapes, mapping any oily or dry patches (an $85 value). According to the surface conditions observed, a team of appropriate Dermalogica treatments will get to work cleansing, softening, and discreetly tugging the corners of the mouth into an enigmatic smile. Up top, hair nests then bask in a luxurious shampoo and conditioning during which the stylist befriends each individual follicle, later peer-pressuring it into a stare-worthy style (a $30 value). Finally, in addition to traditional buffing and polishing, the spa manicure includes an extended hand massage and your choice of either a paraffin dip or aromatherapy mask (a $35 value).