A therapist with over 31 years of experience uses deep-tissue bodywork or shiatsu to balance the body
Up to 55% off Two-Hour Bodywork Session
During the summer of 1970, Moscow State University math student Mikhail Brodsky traveled to the Konda River in Western Siberia to log trees. While there, he visited his first banya?a public Russian bathhouse?and tried Siberian steam bathing. He became enamored of the practice, but didn't get to experience it again until visiting another Siberian town four years later. He soon started traveling throughout the world to study all the baths and hot springs he could find, earning the nickname Archimedes?for the ancient Greek mathematician?due to his habit of helping bathhouse staff members solve problems.
After moving to California, Mikhail decided to open his own bathhouse. Though design and construction took 12 years, he and a group of international friends finally opened Archimedes Banya SF, a coed public bathhouse that blends the aesthetics and traditions of Greek, Turkish, German, and Russian bathhouses with modern amenities. Spa staffers usher guests into steamy hardwood saunas and cold swimming pools on four themed floors, each decked out in warm cream-colored tiles or cool blue and silver accents. Deck chairs populate the rooftop patio, where visitors take in views of the bay and excise any remaining stress by screaming at boats. In private spa rooms, therapists knead guests' muscles during Russian platza massages and soak them in natural herb and mineral baths. The bathhouse is open until midnight while the bar and dining area stays open as late as 11:30 pm.
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.
From pink martini sparkle mani-pedis to signature facials, Quince Spa offers exotic treatments in an equally exotic atmosphere. This dimly lit spa exudes tranquility, offering clients a haven to plop down on a cozy massage table for a hot stone massage or let their feet soak in wooden foot baths while they sip complimentary beverages and recline in leather chairs that are partitioned off by Shoji screens. Using products from OPI, Havainas, and Essie, Nail technicians perform ginger tea bamboo sugar mani-pedis, as well as Japanese Yuzu citrus callous removal pedicures and gentlemen’s manicures. Massage therapists, meanwhile, harmonize the mind and body with massages and foot reflexology treatments. The staff also offers eyebrow tinting and facials, helping clients look younger while undoing damage caused by UV rays that whisper insults into pores as they penetrate skin.
At Zazen, students relax their bodies and focus their minds during sessions of Zen Buddhist seated meditation, the soothing practice for which the center is named. But both Zazen locations work to cultivate calm with other services as well. Sensory-deprivation tanks block out distracting external stimuli as guests float in 10 inches of warm saltwater, a practice many say helps them grow their awareness of the present moment. Massage sessions focus on freeing the body from tension, so it can be experienced as spaciousness rather than constraint. Yoga classes also help guests become mindful, filling hearts and limbs with enough calm energy to quiet a bawling infant with a single, whispered "shhh."
Tucked away beneath the carved wooden eaves of a Victorian-style house, San Francisco Face and Body aims to provide a haven from everyday worries and cares. The friendly staff concentrates laser-like focus on customer service, customizing aromatherapy scents, massage techniques, and mask ingredients to each client’s skincare needs. Aestheticians smooth hirsute areas with numbing natural analgesics and imported French waxes designed to grip hair, not skin, easing the pain of separation without the need for regular Skype dates with estranged former moustaches.
Within a 17th-floor penthouse, Spa J'Adore's wide windows allow rays of sunlight to illuminate Buddha photos, exposed-brick walls, and brilliant orchids. Their décor, a combination of urban chic and zen sensibilities, reflects the massage practice's dual focus on Western and Eastern traditions. To that end, massage therapists are equally adept at deep-tissue and Swedish treatments as modalities from Thailand and Japan. The staff also paints on tans with brushes instead of sprays during body-bronzing sessions, which create a smoother, more natural appearance. After their treatments, clients can lounge on the spa's balcony, sipping herbal tea from heavy clay cups and relaying semaphore messages to hikers on distant mountains.
I am an acupuncturist and herbalist. I don't treat symptoms, I treat people. Listening to my patients is the most important tool I use in my acupuncture practice. I offer consistent, nurturing support in my quest to help you find balance and whole health in your body and mind.
Licensed acupuncturist Christopher Pearson and his team at Be Well Integral Healing Space strive to not only help heal patients, but to do it in the healthiest way possible. To achieve this level of wellness, they established a lineup that includes a licensed naturopathic doctor, a certified massage therapist, and two licensed acupuncturists. Supplemented by herbal and naturopathic family medicine, Be Well Integral Healing Space specializes in the ancient arts of massage and acupuncture.
The quartet of healers outfitted their space to soothe the eyes and minds as they work on bodies. Rows of candles cast soft light across the private treatment rooms, creating a calming astmosphere that is mirrored in the gauzy fabrics draped over massage beds and cascading from the ceilings. Potted plants and sunlight bring a touch of nature, without having to find a squirrel certified in acupuncture.
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.
After 30 years in the corporate world of investment banking, Roy Bergmann needed a change. He decided to ditch conference rooms in favor of studio space, and founded The Mindful Body to explore his passion for yoga, massage, and wellness. He gathered a team of like-minded individuals with the goal of providing a healing and nurturing center.
Today, they employ more than 20 yoga teachers who conduct a suite of more than 60 classes per week, including such styles as the mind-body-synchronizing Ashtanga, the classic-asana-focused Hatha, and nurturing restorative and prenatal yoga for moms to be. Also on board are more than 45 massage therapists trained in everything from Swedish and deep tissue to the Chinese practice of organ massage to neuromuscular therapy, a system designed to make muscles smarter.
Whether his clients are athletes aching from strenuous exercise or mothers seeking some time for themselves, certified massage therapist Jerry Cuffey strives to understand their bodies and improve their quality of life. Jerry is a strong believer in the power of touch and its ability to unlock natural healing through gentle contact. Trained in a wide variety of massage modalities that range from Swedish and deep tissue to shiatsu and reflexology, Jerry works to first understand the underlying causes of his clients’ ailments, thereby identifying individual aches and removing any planets that have accidentally perched on their shoulders.
As an acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist, Amy Baird Schlegel L.Ac, D.A.O.M treats chronic and acute ailments, emotional unrest, and a wide range of injuries. At her clinic, she combines acupuncture, custom herbal preparations, and massages to treat problems such as back pain, sciatica, and fatigue.
While in college, Doctor of Chiropractic Dennis Ngai suffered injuries from a severe car accident, interfering with his studies and setting him adrift. He found the tonic for his injuries in chiropractic care, discovering his career calling in the process. Whether clients find themselves in a situation like Dr. Ngai's or simply seek preventive care, the doctor and his staff at Daly City Chiropractic Center tend to individual health concerns with physical therapy, reflexology, massage therapy, and comprehensive chiropractic care. Dr. Ngai created the massage wellness center to help his community live a stress-free lifestyle.
Before Aaron Harris ever rescued a sore back with massage, he dashed to the aid of others as a paramedic. Today, he applies his knowledge of kinesiology and physiology with a backdrop of soothing sounds rather than sirens to help his clients recover from injuries and battle chronic pain. To ensure top-notch treatments, he staffs his office with current students and alumni of the National Holistic Institute who also studied kinesiology, anatomy, and physiology. These trained therapists are skilled in massage modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, zen shiatsu, and Thai. And when they aren't kneading sinews, they perform holistic techniques such as energy work, aromatherapy, crystal healing, and reiki. They can also leave their office to mend muscles and mobilize joints on-location at events, such as a tin-man convention.
Flowing vines, fragrant flowers, and peaceful bamboo trees set the mood inside the coral-colored space known as Phoenix Rising Salon & Day Spa. Within such calming confines, resident stylists and aestheticians pamper guests with salon and spa services that range from elaborate hot-stone and reflexology massages to holistic Indonesian floral footbaths, which stimulate the nerve endings in the feet to invoke a feeling of relaxation. For additional serenity, the salon-and-spa space also leaves lungs feeling light with an oxygen-exchange system that sends good air in and bad air to the island of misfit molecular compounds.