Siam Touch's licensed massage therapist, Samak Suiseeya, animates traditional Thai massage techniques gleaned from more than 500 hours of training to relieve stress and aid full-body relaxation. Treat tense muscles and sore skeletons to a 60- or 90-minute Thai herbal massage, which incorporates a variety of soothing techniques—including herbal compresses, acupressure, deep-tissue massage, meditation, assisted yoga, and reflexology—to help patrons achieve higher levels of mental and physical repose. Throughout the intensive, yet relaxing, treatment, the massage therapist makes full use of his hands, thumbs, and arms to break the bonds of internal tension and promptly discard any board games glued to the back. In addition to easing knots and other general aches and pains, the lengthy treatment can also help increase flexibility and circulation.
The staffers at D Hair & Spa-Massage perform head-to-toe beauty treatments from hairstyling to massage. Additional treatments include facials designed to treat an array of skin issues, from acne to dry skin, with Dermalogica products.
A white canopy hangs from the ceiling's center, forming a snowy, gabled pathway. Shorter green curtains pull back to reveal a series of private rooms, with the canopy's flowing excess folds decorating the wall in modest emerald ponytails. After clients lie down on the Asian–style floor mats, one of Chiang Mai Thai’s skilled massage practitioners enters to mend muscles using Thai techniques, thought to have been practiced for several thousand years. By blending these time-tested stretching and joint-rotation exercises with modern Swedish and deep-tissue techniques, lightly oiled hands can release toxins held captive in the blood and career goals of becoming Han Solo trapped in the subconscious.
Sue Ferrier opened Dana Point Bodycentre as a place of holistic healing and pampering spa services. On the healing side, she leverages her training as a massage therapist to oversee a staff of skilled bodywork experts that are well versed in a variety of soothing modalities—Swedish and hot stone are just two of them. On the pampering side, she works with aestheticians that make use of Jan Marini Skin Care and SkinCeuticals products as they dole out classic European facials and rejuvenating peels. They even render exfoliating body scrubs and wraps with natural salts, sugars, and mineral mud. And in case clients value familiarity, Sue boasts residence in or near Dana Point since 1973.
At Simple Beauty Spa, the staff pampers clients with a full array of health and beauty services. This includes everything from facials and mani-pedis to massages and spray tans, making the spa a true beauty oasis. But it’s also a place to relax and simply feel good. And thanks to organic products used in the majority of the spa’s services, guests can even feel good mentally, and not guilty when they hug a tree or afraid when it hugs them back.
To help her patients overcome stress and bodily aches, Ashley Tomasino relies on techniques outside the realm of traditional pain-relief therapies. Shamanic healing, reiki, and Thai massage form the foundation of her repertoire, which often doesn’t require physical intervention to produce feelings of well-being. Ashley’s own brand of reiki, in fact, is equally effective regardless of where her patient is, allowing her to offer treatment in-office or over the phone.
The certified massage therapists at Massage Thai Way know 72,000 ways to lull the body into relaxation. That's because their treatments follow an ancient system of 72,000 energy pathways known as sen lines, a network that purportedly reaches even to the ears, fingers, and toes. They use acupressure techniques to target these trails during Thai massages, varying the firmness of their pressure to client comfort. Clients remain fully clothed and lie on a futon as the therapists unwind overworked areas, bearing down on aches and guiding the physique through a series of yoga-inspired stretches.
These maneuvers are fully customizable, and the therapists alter their poses depending on the client's needs and habits. For example, they might aim to enhance an athlete's mobility, quell a construction worker's lower-back pain, or remedy common office-job ailments, such as fingers that have become lodged between computer keys. Clients are encouraged to discuss their desired amount of pressure with their practitioner before their 60-, 90-, or 120-minute session.