When Natural Rhythm Healing Hut?s founder Farcia De?Toles Medearis opened her spa in 1999, she knew she wanted to model it after healing centers found in indigenous West African villages. Farcia told the San Leandro Patch that, as a child in Liberia, she watched her grandmother concoct herbal remedies and lead traditional healing dances, which inspired a deep appreciation for dance and movement in healing. Each of Natural Rhythm?s massage modalities uses techniques based on these dances to speed recovery by employing music and cadenced body movements that tune into a person?s inner rhythm and natural theme song. Even the lobby mimics a traditional healing hut with tribal patterns, rounded treatment rooms, and hand-painted murals featuring rural African scenes.
Some of the treatments offered at this retreat include 60- to 90-minute massages that mingle Eastern and Western strokes as well as herbal body wraps designed to detoxify, tighten, and smooth the skin. Farcia also leads healing fitness classes such as Nia, a program that combines dance, martial arts, and yoga to tone the body and relieve stress. All therapists at her practice have a health-education background and receive ongoing training in the center?s special bodywork techniques.
In its role as Bay Chiropractic’s dedicated massage center, Bay Bodywork possesses one thing other massage centers don’t: proximity to a full chiropractic team. Whether they’re consulting with the doctor to bolster an existing treatment regimen or working with a client to heal a new issue, the center’s massage therapists are uniquely qualified to mend both deep-seated issues and general aches and pains. As a result of their medical surroundings, the therapists specialize in the results-oriented techniques of therapeutic, deep-tissue, and sports massage, which can not only relieve tension but also shorten injury recovery time.
It looks so simple: a length of twisted cotton glides across the face, grazing the upper lip, eyebrows, and hairline. This is threading, an ancient hair-removal art with roots in India and the Middle East. Masters of this art, M&M Thread Salon’s staff members quickly ensnare bristles in their threads, creating lines as sharp and clean as the battle ax that chops soap into bar form. The treatment is particularly beneficial for people with sensitive skin, as it uproots hair without chemicals or harmful products. The salon also performs waxing and facials.
Characterized by broad-leafed fauna, private massage rooms with plush beds, and soothing white-and-lavender walls, Haven Day Spa offers an island-style respite from the helter-skelter outside world. The spa specializes in natural facials and massage. In keeping with the island theme, therapists knead away tension using a Polynesian style of massage called lomi lomi. The centuries-old modality, imported from Hawaii, gets blood circulating, spiriting oxygen to far-flung extremities with the help of gliding strokes. Focusing their attention on faces, aestheticians perform a handful of facials and body treatments. For the natural facial and deep-pore facial, they start with an in-depth skin analysis, sleuthing out the causes of blotched complexions and other complexion-based maladies before customizing a regimen of exfoliation and cleansing.
Though the trained technicians of Mayflower Beauty Spa aim to be the best in the state, their top priority is always their clients. And to show their devotion, Mayflower’s team creates individualized treatment plans that address each client’s specific beauty concerns, from sparse lash lines to acne. Mayflower’s technicians also help clients make informed decision about available treatments—including infrared body wraps, permanent makeup, and microdermabrasion—by educating them on the service, as well as how it will interact with their body. And to truly make their clients comfortable, technicians remain with them throughout the whole service, making sure they feel attended to and don’t have scary dreams about monsters under the table.