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.
When the team at Neighborhood Wellness Center decided they wanted to add anti-aging services to their body-transformation mission, one staff member knew just what to do. Michelle, after 17 years of helping her clients keep their bodies healthy, went to beauty college to become a licensed aesthetician. Inside Neighborhood Wellness, Michelle runs Rejuvenate You. It is here that she promotes healthy skin with a variety of treatments to help rebalance oils, replenish and rejuvenate skin, and eliminate signs of aging with needle-free treatments. Neighborhood Wellness Center also offers massage therapy, ionic foot-detox therapy, and doctor-supervised detox cleansing to help clients lose weight before swimsuit season.
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.
Overseen by doctors Shane Whiteley and Bryn Henderson, Whiteley Wellness Center ushers patients toward their weight-loss goals through the use of lipotropic injections and informed medical advice. Designed to optimize liver health, lipotropics are a blend of vitamins and amino acids that target fat metabolism and can help facilitate weight loss. Whiteley's adipose experts will walk bodies through a one-hour introductory assessment, which includes a complete history, evaluation, and a choreographed kabuki flash dance. Introductory appointments also include the first lipotropic injection, followed by two or five additional weekly injections. Whiteley's medical professionals will also share brain-nourishing nuggets on exercise, lifestyle changes, and general health supplements such as appetite suppressants, available for an additional $10 per week. Caring staff is on hand seven days a week for questions, support, or spontaneous trust falls.