After 1,000 hours of massage education and 17 years of experience, licensed massage therapist Neya Pasley has honed her skills to a point where she can zero in on aches and closely tailor her treatments to individual issues. Inside her comfortable, softly lit studio, she administers 10 massage treatments that can be augmented with various add-ons and an optional high-five. Among many possible benefits of Neya's treatments, clients have reported decreased levels of stress, increased flexibility, and improved circulation.
Located in Vista, New U Rejuvenation Center is both a fitness and wellness center under one spacious roof. For fitness, clients can come in for whole-body-vibration fitness sessions, which are said to achieve results in a shorter amount of time than traditional workouts. The center also features personal training with certified trainers and group-fitness classes such as Zumba and ab classes centered around hip-hop or music by The Chipmunks. Wellness services abound here––there are massage services, nutritional programs, an oxygen bar, and an infrared jade sauna, believed to be able to burn calories while detoxifying the body. Members can try a detoxing ionic footbath, or come in for one of the beauty treatments available from licensed aestheticians, such as a pedicure, bikini waxing, or a facial.
When first meeting clients, licensed massage therapist Stacey Allen goes over their health histories and asks them what their goals are. She does this as a way of engaging the client, but she can usually sense their aches just by watching them walk into the studio. A patient may complain, for example, of chronic neck pain, but Stacey notices something off in his gait. Then she learns of an old knee injury. Working over the client's body, she can tell that though his knee has healed, his body hasn't let go of the tension that resulted from compensating for the injury. And so she sets to work, gradually undoing the deep-set tension reaching from the knee to the neck.
Stacey gives every client this depth of individualized treatment, drawing upon massage modalities that include therapeutic, Swedish, sports, and deep-tissue work. Her journey into massage therapy started somewhat by happenstance—as a bookkeeper, she'd often greet coworkers with a quick shoulder massage, which became her form of a handshake. When the economy slowed, she decided to expand her repertoire and study massage. Naming her practice after a mentor's mantra, "We heal from within," Stacey puts guests at ease with relaxing spa music, Tempur-Pedic table toppers, and candles scented like a mother's love.
Yemanya Carey’s resume of massage training and certifications spans the traditional modalities—including Swedish, deep tissue, pregnancy, and cranial-sacral therapy—as well as the more exotic techniques, such as lomi lomi, reiki, and crystal healing. She practices her therapies at Birthing A New Humanity. Massage, however, is only one of the many treatments she offers to heal bodies, minds, and souls. Her guided meditation sessions are infused with sound therapy to promote senses of deep relaxation, and her essence light therapy aims to ease emotional imbalances that manifest as chronic pain. For wee ones, she runs a children’s mystery school, where she introduces them to yoga, meditation, and the chakra system.
Diana Bailey-Tudor is a licensed massage therapist with more than 20 years of experience mending muscles. While nestled in her cozy San Clemente studio, clients can seek a table or mat massage using such techniques as shiatsu, Swedish strokes, reiki energy healing, and deep-tissue pressure. When not removing charley horses in her human clients, Diana offers equine bodywork to ease tension in horses that may be named Charlie.
Massage therapist Liz Post uses massage to improve both physical and mental health, drawing upon the healing techniques of chiropractic care, spa sessions, and sports medicine. She adjusts her treatments depending on customers' needs, offering deep, intense strokes for athletes detoxifying after a hard workout or light strokes to accommodate moms-to-be. In between appointments, she conducts sugaring sessions to remove unwanted hair, leaving skin as smooth as the bald little heads of every doll that ever got in her way.