Give backs a wicking and limbs a tickling with a soothing massage that lasts for sixty golden minutes inside Nailphoria Day Spa’s stress-melting confines. Kick back and extend out, offering extremities to the graceful hands of a skilled muscle molder that will provide an informative consultation before and after kneading body dough. Opt for the long, soothing strokes of a Swedish massage, the focused, tension-blasting pressure of a deep-tissue massage, or the muscle-rejuvenating touch of a sports massage. A foot-reflexology massage transforms stiff soles into loose and limber shoe-fillers, similar to squirrels snoozing in a pair of fermented pumpkins.
As you might expect, students at Barefoot Movement aren’t required to bring footwear when they take part in up to 40 weekly yoga classes. Yoga classes range from vigorous to restorative variations, and also include sessions for pre- or postnatal moms, barefoot bodywork sessions, and training for prospective yoga teachers.
The Network Wellness Spa's experienced skincare specialists employ botanical extracts and natural products to refresh and exfoliate tired mugs. Aromatherapy scents such as jasmine, rose, and ylang-ylang swirl through the air during muscle-melting massages, facial steams, and pre-pedicure foot soaks, and aestheticians customize three kinds of facial to clean pores more effectively than a doll-size vacuum. The spa also caters to men with a shaving treatment complete with hot-towel service.
As their name implies, at Angel Feet Reflexology, they specialize in one thing: reflexology. Their specialty treatment is a foot reflexology session that includes a complementary massage of the rest of the body. The treatment begins as clients dip their feet in a Japanese foot bath before a therapist begins to focus on the upper body including the head, face, and neck. They then turn their attention to the feet and legs, using the ancient art of reflexology to stimulate self-healing and energy flow. Sessions finish by focusing on the back, waist, and shoulders with acupressure massage or with a deep tissue treatment on a massage table.
A spa in the traditional Asian style, Zen Springs spa both accommodates guests on a single-appointment basis for massages, body treatments, and skincare services, and rents private suites for more extended pampering. The private rooms feature luxurious amenities, including swirling hot tubs, glass steam-shower rooms, yoga platforms, and bath sandals and towels. Guests can linger in one of the romantic spa rooms from one hour to an entire evening. Between stays of any duration, Zen Spring’s staff thoroughly disinfects each tub with fresh batches of non-chlorinated water sieved from filtered panda tears.
As an avid athlete, Megan Brooks looked forward to a lifetime of tight, sore muscles. Physical stiffness did not impede her agile mind, however, which dreamed up Art of Peace Massage to deepen her knowledge of the body and hurdle the side effects of exercise. She formalized her passion at the National Holistic Institute's College of Massage Therapy in San Francisco, and she graduated with a letter of excellence. Currently, she focuses on harmonizing body and spirit with her strong hands and the warm, soothing light emanating from her third eye, knowing firsthand that this balance—different for every client—is critical to general well-being and athletic performance. A specialization in integrative massage reflects this attitude, as the style allows her to respond to individual problems with any stroke from her repertoire, including Swedish, deep-tissue therapy, and rarer styles such as Hawaiian lomi lomi.
As director of the manual therapy program at Inner-Action Sports Rehab in Oakland, she continuously expands her knowledge of how the human body works, fails, and can be righted without jamming limbs into a T-square. Practicing the 3,000-year-old art also sparked her interest in the ancient holistic health systems of ayurveda and Chinese medicine, the study of which she has penned into her continuing-education schedule.
The certified massage therapists at Oakland Massage Therapy ply away muscle tension with practiced strokes and spa-like add-ons. Within a cozy private room, they mend aches with gentle Swedish strokes and stretch sore muscles with deep-tissue kneads. Warm towels envelop backs and limbs in soothing comfort enhanced further by the penetrating heat of hot stones. Therapists also soften skin with salt scrubs, and tackle stressful thoughts about work or the ending of 1984 with aromatherapy.