During his time as a certified massage therapist, Carey "Kari" Hassinger has developed his own style. He works deep into muscles, using Thai yoga?s stretching techniques and deep-tissue?s intense pressure to release tension and restore the body's balance and range of motion. Working out of Santa Clara, San Francisco and San Mateo, Kari treats one or two people at a time. His couples massages are interactive and involve teaching duos how to massage each other at home or massage the people in front of them at the symphony. Kari also travels to homes to perform outcall massage services.
As its name would suggest, Thai massage shapes most of the treatments found on Balance Traditional Thai Massage and Spa's menu. Clients can choose traditional sessions that integrate reflexology, stretching, and kneading with the palms, feet, and forearms, or variations that introduce heated herbal compresses or prenatal techniques.
At both locations, sessions are performed in curtained-off areas strewn with colorful duvets and pillows. The waiting rooms help clients find peace with colorful flowers and magazines detailing George Clooney's newfound appreciation for nonmodels.
Cocoon Urban Day Spa's personally tailored services help clients shut out the stressors of everyday life, as well as refresh appearances. During the signature facial, for instance, clients relax on a plush treatment table while aestheticians apply a customized mask, plump up their skin with oxygen, and then knead knots out of their backs, necks, and shoulders. The decadent facial also includes a calming Shirobhyanga head treatment, which fights insomnia better than lavender-scented PJs.
For those who do need to get back to the real world as soon as possible, Cocoon offers services such as 15-minute Brazilian waxes, 30-minute dermaplaning treatments, and mani-pedis performed simultaneously by two technicians. This particular treatment was featured in Vogue.
The spa's doctor-partners perform more intensive treatments, too, including Botox injections and teeth whitening.
Dispersed throughout a class studio and a spacious workout floor, World Gym Rochester's trainers usher guests of all ages and abilities toward physical health. Their certifications—granted from organizations such as NFPT, CrossFit, and Moms in Motion—bespeak experience in several fitness fields, just as the gym's class curriculum covers exercise styles from Zumba dances to martial arts. As the trainers emphasize realism during their personal sessions and group workouts, they eschew the gimmicks of pocket treadmill salesmen for a focus on achievable results.
Guests can cycle beneath the lightning bolt decor of the spin zone, watch television as they jog in the cardio area, or heft weights aboard strength machines on the fitness floor. Tanning and chiropractic amenities can also tend to physiques that aren't working through reps or posing as life-size Operation game boards in the childcare room.
Paule-Dominique Anneheim, a certified massage therapist and owner of Voil? La Familia, eases muscle pain with techniques customized to the needs of men, women, and infants. Since she was 17 years old and living in Marseille, Paule-Dominique has been working with both healthy and disabled youngsters. She went on to become a children?s massage instructor and expert on wooden-block ergonomics before moving to Tahiti to help open a clinic. The experienced massage therapist now brings gentle kneads and Swedish massage techniques to bear against tension and pain in private rooms speckled with colorful orchids. Oil infused with vitamin E steeps skin in moisture and prevents stretch marks, and the therapist's expertise in pediatric, prenatal, and postpartum massage allows her to soothe mothers stressed by pregnancy and little ones stressed by investigations into what the cow says.