The staff at Healing Arts Institute instructs aspiring therapists in body work that aims to eliminate pain from the center of the body. Anatomy and physiology classes, classrooms with full-length mirrors, and more than 1,600 square feet of space help interns learn body mechanics. A vast understanding of the body’s inner workings help them as they move from classroom study to the school’s onsite spa, where clients can schedule massages with them or with the school’s experts. While beginning interns perform gentle Swedish-style massages, more advanced practitioners can quell injuries with their handiwork. Regardless of style, all of Healing Arts Institute’s clients depart from the massage clinic feeling more relaxed than a sloth traveling through a speed trap.
Healing Arts Institute also has a community-acupuncture clinic where a licensed acupuncturist, not a student, inserts needles into several clients at once. Clients lie back in recliners and rest while the needles go to work. Because the acupuncturist can treat multiple people at a time and no private treatment rooms are used, community acupuncture costs less than private acupuncture. It is also the type of acupuncture commonly used in Asia.
Because there's more than one road to health, Temple of Wellness Massage offers several bodywork techniques to ease chronic tension. In the comfort of a private room, a licensed massage therapist can improve circulation and increase relaxation with gliding Swedish strokes. Alternately, to relieve pain and stiffness, they can administer firmer deep-tissue or trigger-point techniques that access lower-layer muscles. Hot-stone massages are also available to help clients lose tension and snowmen lose weight.
Certified in thai massage since 2003, massage therapist Apple spent years soothing bodies in Thailand and the Northern Mariana Islands. Apple now calms the people of Sacramento with the signature thai blend of yoga-like stretches and rhythmic pressure applied to specific body parts, all administered as the client lies on a floor mattress. Her 30-, 60-, 90-, and 120-minute sessions can also include classic techniques such as Swedish, deep-tissue, prenatal, hot-stone, and 12-sided-die massage.
Candlelight flickers across Thai Massage Spa Retreat's private couple's room, where twosomes relax inside a bubbling Jacuzzi between sessions atop the massage table. Here, therapists use hot stones and various modalities—such as Swedish and Thai—to knead muscles and unwind intricately braided limbs. The relaxation extends beyond the couple's room, as aestheticians steam, cleanse, and exfoliate their clients' faces. Thai Massage Spa Retreat further pampers its guests with a complimentary steam room and free WiFi.
When Sonia Lucas opened the first Mellow Me Out in 2000, it was in a cramped, 1,000-square-foot studio with a broom closet for a break room and no washer or dryer. Since those humble beginnings, Mellow Me Out has grown to encompass two luxurious, fully equipped spas, including a downtown location hemmed into a business high-rise. Their new location on Arden Way near Watt Avenue features amenities such as a Mermaid Room with saltwater fish and a Jungle Room which is adorned with a safari tent. At both locations, Mellow Me Out's team of aestheticians delivers skin, hair, nail, and massage services that earned the business recognition as the Best Day Spa by Sacramento News & Review in 2011.
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