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.
Getting older is still inevitable, but at Whitely Wellness Center, Drs. Shane D. Whiteley and Bryn J. Henderson combine their chiropractic and holistic methods to slow the aging process to its lowest legal speed limit. “Age” in these terms is not necessarily limited to chronological years. Stiffening joints, weight gain, and spinal pain associated with arthritis and deadlifting Volkswagens also fall under the aging category and are fair game for the center’s custom combinations of advanced technology and time-tested techniques.
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.
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 19 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.