Mark Richards has worked in a number of settings, including gyms and spas, but he prefers a private studio because that setting allows for him to provide personal attention to each of his clients. The result of that preference: Natural Healing & Massage by Mark Richards, CMT. The licensed massage therapist welcomes each client with an open ear and two capable hands. His training and decade-plus of experience has helped him master many modalities, including relaxing Swedish massages, and the more therapeutic deep-tissue variety. He can render sports massage, as well—a technique designed to help athletes prepare for a big game or relax after a demoralizing spelling bee contest against a sportswriter. Throughout all his work, Mark takes particular care to tailor each massage to meet the individual client's needs, rather than offering boiler plate massages.
Mercy Medical Group Plastic Surgery and Laser Center believes that how we look can affect how we feel. The plastic surgeons at this skin- and body-care center are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and they offer natural-looking procedures aimed at boosting self-confidence, from facelifts and breast augmentation to tummy tucks, brow lifts, and liposuction. Clients are free to come in for a a no-pressure consultation. If they know what procedure they want, that's fine, too. Among the non-invasive procedures they offer are chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and Botox services. The staff here is professional, experienced, and eager to help—they're happy to answer questions or prank call your third-grade teacher for you.
Even before becoming a naturopathic doctor, Dennis Godby was always interested in preventative medicine and the healthy effects of exercise and nutrition. A lifelong runner and founder of a cross-country activism project called The Run, Dr. Godby works to educate patients on the mind-body-spirit connection and how it applies to overall wellness. At Sacramento Naturopathic Medical Center, he and his team use a variety of tests and good old-fashioned listening to diagnose chronic and acute ailments. They then treat these ills with supplements, counseling, and other proven methods.
At Happy Day Spa, a number of massage services are available to boost circulation and lymphatic flow and encourage a state of serenity. The spa also offers foot reflexology, a treatment that strives to improve overall health, relaxation and renewal by targeting specific nodes on the feet. Meanwhile, hot-stone, deep-tissue, and Swedish massages manipulate tense muscles, and a crystal foot massage pampers soles with crystal mud—a gel-like solution made from a specialized powder, warm water, and the dirt outside after a diamond storm.
In addition to skin-care treatments such as Botox and services with the Obagi Skin product line, Calvine Urgent Care is open 365 days a year to usher in a flurry of ailing patients so that the board-certified doctors and nurse practitioners can work their medical magic on non-life-threatening symptoms, from fevers to broken arms. Neutral-toned chairs and a flat-screen TV distract patients before Calvine's friendly team fixes them up with medical equipment, including x-rays, ultrasounds, and a full range of diagnostic tests for drugs, pregnancy, or hemoglobin. In case patients cross into more serious medical territory, the clinic's fully loaded procedure rooms come filled with intubation kits, EKGs, crash carts, and defibrillators for restarting hearts and toasting marshmallows. The office's staff helps urgent medical patients by taking them within 30 minutes of their arrival, as well as offering ZipPass, an online appointment scheduler.
Surrounded by a lush curtain of foliage, the Briggs Mansion evokes an unshakable sense of luxury to those who step inside the shadow of its beige façade. The mansion’s exterior, however, pales in comparison to what goes on inside. As the certified massage therapist behind Energy is Life Heal Thy Self Massage, Pamela Allen outdoes her luxurious surroundings with treatments that nurture sinews weakened by injury, stress, and toxins. In addition to Swedish, deep-tissue, and chair massages, she offers specialty modalities such as lymphatic massage, which supports the immune system by removing toxic blockages. Pamela's aromatherapy treatments also relieve stress by matching specific smells to emotions and memories: rosemary for contentment, lavender for motherhood, and peppermint for the time you walked in on Santa Claus doing his laundry at your house.