In 2003, Gary Wrona was injured in a severe motorcycle accident. Even after a year and a half of conventional medical treatment, he was unable to function normally without chronic pain and had only a limited range of motion. It was only after his doctors told him they had done all they could that he began to seek alternative healing, which helped him regain normal movement and a pain-free existence. Now a certified massage therapist and master of neuro-linguistic programming, he runs his practice with a holistic approach—one that doesn't simply focus on physical elements but, instead, analyzes the interactions of mind, body, and spirit like three philosophers in a cage match. Beneath the exposed wooden beams of a second-floor loft, he customizes massages with Swedish, deep-tissue, shiatsu, and cupping techniques, hoping to unlock the healing potential that he himself experienced.
Flourish figures that if doctors ask you to fill out questionnaires before they treat you, other people who influence your health should do so, too. That's why the studio's massage therapists—each of whom has hundreds of hours of training—do exactly that, using the information the client provides to determine an appropriate bodywork approach. And their toolbox is packed. Their signature and premium massages encompass Swedish, shiatsu, reflexology, and trigger-point modalities, among others.
Treatments take place in private rooms where soft music plays. They usually occur with the client covered only in fresh, clean sheets, but clients can wear as much clothing or as many pork chops as they need to feel comfortable.
After working for years alongside chiropractors, Yvonne Street considers herself an expert at relieving the chronic aches and pains that result from injuries and constant stress. The certified therapist specializes in five massage modalities—Swedish, shiatsu, deep-tissue, prenatal, and trigger-point therapy—and draws liberally on Eastern and Western techniques to craft bodywork treatments that suit her clients’ individual needs. In 60- or 90-minute sessions, she combines long, gliding strokes, pinpointed kneads, and relaxing prods to leave bodies loose enough to help a genie move into its apartment.:m]]
The experienced massage therapists at Shibui Gardens Outdoor Spa vanquish stress with a multitude of relaxing massage services augmented by steamy sauna and hot-tub sessions. Flower-lined brick walkways encased by thick foliage wind through the spa's insulated downtown San Anselmo expanse, which is dotted with wooden structures housing two private massage rooms and open-roofed hot tubs boasting clear views of clouds or flocks of soaring pterodactyls.
With an expansive menu of services, Eden Day Spa refreshes bodies from head to toe using the latest techniques and quality products. Countenance caretakers rinse away dermal imperfections with a variety of facials, including the personalized European facial ($85) and a gentlemen's facial ($105) that deep cleanses, soothes razor burn, and paints on a dapper moustache. Relieving tense tendons, various massages—such as a soothing hot-stone massage ($105 for 60 minutes)—help bodies and their owners relax and forget about the impending woodchuck uprising. Eden Day Spa also offers makeup applications, body scrubs and bronzing treatments, and hair-removal services. Those seeking greater frontal fortitude can invigorate faces with a Dermio Oxygen Therapy treatment and facial, which rejuvenates the visage, neck, and décolletage, helping to facilitate collagen production and providing an oxygenated breath of fresh air throughout the entire body. Inspired by the style of ancient Turkish bathhouses, Eden Day Spa gives guests a sensory sanctuary complete with Mediterranean art and social quarters for chatting up Ottoman artisans.
The waxing aestheticians at Smooth Operations specialize in private grooming for private areas, preparing them to go public on summer's sandy runways. Unlike the wax used in your chess-club hazing, Smooth Operations employs anti-inflammatory Cirepil wax to provide as painless an experience as possible. The basic wax keeps certain sights modestly unseen during swimsuit-donning season. Opt for a decorative souvenir tuft or a landing strip fit for the Concorde from the French wax. The daring will emerge more aerodynamic than ever after a Brazilian wax, which levels all foliage down to the birthday suit. Depending on the size of the area, aestheticians may take 15 minutes to an hour to craft the bikini-area coif of your choosing, and sensitive areas stay as smooth as a well-oiled Slip 'n' Slide for up to four weeks.
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