Massage therapist Sherri Battle began her education stateside, but her pursuit of authentic Thai-massage techniques eventually led her to the modality’s birthplace—either Thailand or the maternity ward. While abroad, Sherri studied under two bodywork masters, one specialiazing in a type of deep-tissue work known as “nerve touch,” and the other well-versed in northern Thai methods. Sherri eventually loaded her new knowledge into her suitcase, perhaps with miniature shampoo and soap, and returned home to found Sher-Thai Massage. The signature treatment Sherri now uses was pioneered in the third or second century BC by a physician and rumored confidant of Buddha. Based on a matrix of sen lines, which conduct energy throughout the body, the technique releases built-up energy that can cause pain and disease with a blend of acupressure, gentle stretching, and assisted yoga maneuvers. She sometimes augments her treatments with steamed herb packs or a reflexology massage, which only targets the reflex points that connect to the entire body.
Rise Yoga's soothing studio begins releasing students' tension with calming, contemporary trappings before they ever set foot in the stress-relieving, mixed-level yoga classes led by experienced and attentive teachers. All of the 60-to 90-minute yoga sessions incorporate gentle stretches and meditative practices, including the beginner-friendly Hatha yoga session, a slow-paced class incorporating long-held poses and calming deep breaths. Vinyasa classes increase heart rates with dynamic flowing movements, sun salutations, and traditional yogic spelling bees in which students bend their bodies into common yoga vocabulary. Yoga therapy works to help students to overcome chronic pain or injuries, and intensive yoga workshops introduce students to the ancient practice or strengthen their relationship to it.
Run by a duo of longtime friends with a mutual love for baking, Cupcake Craving rocketed to popularity from its modest beginnings?within a year of the first store?s grand opening, Sacramento Magazine awarded it the Diners? Choice Award for the area?s best cupcake. Since then, the bakery has become a mainstay on CityVoters and KCRA 3's top-five dessert lists, and its handcrafted creations continue to earn new fans. Artful swirls of buttercream or cream-cheese frosting top the bakery?s diminutive cupcakes, which come in more than 20 traditional and signature flavors. The bakery can also handle orders for large parties and special occasions; an on-site artist designs custom cupcake cakes with special flavors and decorations to celebrate birthdays and welcome new gallons of milk into the home.
Every spa client that enters Esthetics by Jeanette is encouraged to slip into a robe. This act is more than just a formality; it?s an invitation to shed day-to-day stresses and step into a more relaxed state of being. But the robe is just the beginning?later, visitors can trade it for mineral-enriched European moor mud, which, when brushed over the body, helps to detoxify the skin and revive its tone. Clients can also trade the robe for the hands of a massage practitioner, who simultaneously plies stress from the mind and tension from the muscles with soothing Swedish strokes or hot and cold stones. A visit to the 100-degree Turkish steam room proves a nice break between a massage and de-stress facial, while a visit to the salon for a haircut, highlights, and a French manicure can help guests reinvent themselves without having to first acquire a patent.
Like any good personal trainer, Get Fit Sacramento's staffers relentlessly pursue their clients’ fitness goals, but they don’t limit themselves to one-on-one sessions to do it. Instead, they supplement individual training with group fitness classes, Zumba, and R.I.P.P.E.D. workshops, all held within their fully equipped facility. They toss in even more benefits for members that work outside the gym, such as supplying an e-cookbook full of healthy recipes or teaching pet dogs to say “Feel the burn!” Inside the facility, students whip around jump ropes, use BOSU balls to deepen pushups, and grunt in time with the clangs of weight-training machines. Slate gray equipment punctuates the expanses of teal blue walls along with motivational posters picturing sweating, smiling exercisers being chased by a sleuth of bears.
Housed in an opulent stone mansion, Yvonne Rodriguez's soft-lit massage studio welcomes clients in with green and brown earth tones that set the mood before she begins her treatments. When she was still testing out a career in the field of massage, Yvonne developed a passion for treating clients, and whether granting chemotherapy patients a soothing touch or treating others for everyday pains and stressors, Yvonne works to strengthen mind-body connections in her work. Essential oils and hot towels warm stiff muscles and skin when necessary, adding to the overall warmth and relaxation of her strokes. The studio's decor encourages relaxation as well; a skylight beams in natural light to live tropical flowering plants, and light from flickering candles helps keeps each moment serene.