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Most popular service: Deep-tissue massage
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: No
Out of your entire repertoire, which is your favorite service to perform and why?
Deep tissue and structural integration allow me to address the source of physical problems rather than just the symptoms.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a client?
A client found complete relief from pain and was able to walk upright again without a cane.
What steps do you take to make your clients feel at ease?
I communicate clearly about the issues they want to address.
Ashley Burnett will be the first to tell you that, although the path to wellness isn?t always an easy one, the destination is a place filled with love and self-acceptance. A lifelong lover of dance, Burnett?s active lifestyle was thwarted time and again by a crippling sugar addiction. By the time she reached college, the normally chipper young woman found herself dragged down by anxiety, depression, and overwhelming body issues. Upon realizing the source of her physical and psychological troubles, Burnett thought back to the organic diet espoused by the farmers markets back home. With that in mind, she vowed to make a change. Today, she teaches other women to do the same through her work at Strong Body Love. Ashley?s services range from detox plans and nutritional coaching to massage therapy and a unique Body Love Bootcamp, where she leads students in the worthwhile labor of learning to accept themselves.
Zumba is a Latin- inspired dance fitness program that incorporates Latin and International music and rhythms. This class combines fast and slow movements that tones and sculpt the body with cardio- based easy-to-follow steps.
When Earthbody looks to hire new massage therapists and licensed aestheticians, it doesn't consider recent graduates?rather, it's looking for people with years of training and experience beneath their belts, and who still love what they do. It wants people who are healers at heart, able to lavish each client with skillful services and attention. Each detail at Earthbody has been carried out with similar mindfulness?from the spa's own line of organic body and facial products, all crafted in small batches in San Francisco, to little luxuries such as heated and infused foot towels and complimentary tea service.
To set the mood, the staff lights soy candles and tea lights, which burn cleanly so that even those with allergies can breathe easily. Surrounded by this soft glow, aestheticians renew skin with facials or treat bodies to massages that not only make muscles feel great but also uproot deep-seated tension. After each session?be it a couples massage or hot-oil Indian scalp treatment?the staff can compost, recycle, or launder everything used during the sessions. Dr. Shawn Goozh, a licensed clinical psychologist, also offers somatic-psychotherapy sessions that use bodywork to deepen traditional psychotherapy.
The staff's attention to detail hasn't gone unnoticed by the media. "This intimate Hayes Valley spot is more healing center than mere day spa," writes the San Francisco Bay Guardian. "Therapists are trained in several modalities and develop custom sessions for every client, including consultations before and after treatment." In 2010, SF Weekly named Earthbody its pick for best day spa, citing its "ecological sustainability and ancient holistic rites."
Mixing beauty and business comes as naturally to Trang Warden as it does to any dealer of fine art. Her father was a man of great entrepreneurial spirit, and her mother was the owner of a San Francisco salon, giving Trang the seeds of two complementary passions. After earning her business degree and gaining a job at a Fortune 500 company, she still worked weekends at a spa with her sister, honing a talent she’d discovered with a part-time manicurist position at age 17. Today, she continues to blend commerce with cosmetic savvy—though now in one place: Zen Day Spa.
At the wheel of her beauty haven, Trang pampers hands, feet, and faces with an extensive treatment menu that relies on botanically sourced products from brands such as Epicuren, Murad, and Yonka-Paris. Tropical scents waft from mani-pedi stations, where toes soak in a signature jelly bath sprinkled with rose petals and nail technicians massage limbs with a papaya-pineapple scrub. Other body therapies incorporate volcanic clay and propolis mined from plants and flowers by bees wearing hardhats in Brazilian rainforests.