When first meeting clients, licensed massage therapist Stacey Allen goes over their health histories and asks them what their goals are. She does this as a way of engaging the client, but she can usually sense their aches just by watching them walk into the studio. A patient may complain, for example, of chronic neck pain, but Stacey notices something off in his gait. Then she learns of an old knee injury. Working over the client's body, she can tell that though his knee has healed, his body hasn't let go of the tension that resulted from compensating for the injury. And so she sets to work, gradually undoing the deep-set tension reaching from the knee to the neck.
Stacey gives every client this depth of individualized treatment, drawing upon massage modalities that include therapeutic, Swedish, sports, and deep-tissue work. Her journey into massage therapy started somewhat by happenstance?as a bookkeeper, she'd often greet coworkers with a quick shoulder massage, which became her form of a handshake. When the economy slowed, she decided to expand her repertoire and study massage. Naming her practice after a mentor's mantra, "We heal from within," Stacey puts guests at ease with relaxing spa music, Tempur-Pedic table toppers, and candles scented like a mother's love.
Massage therapist. Lifestyle coach. Group fitness instructor. The list of Kathleen Pleasants’s vocations goes on and on. At Clearly Unique, Kathleen caters to clients' health and wellbeing, relying on her years of experience as a holistic health practitioner. As head massage therapist, she charms muscles into relaxing and dissipates stress and pain with deep-tissue and Swedish massages and neuromuscular therapy. Kathleen also has a special touch for carpal tunnel syndrome, alleviating the painful symptoms with three physical-therapy sessions.
Going above and beyond traditional massage services, Clearly Unique also hosts a range of workshops. Classes teach the art of reiki, advanced massage techniques, energy balancing, and even nutrition, in which Kathleen—who is not just a nutritional counselor but is also featured in the book Is She Naturally Thin or Disciplined? —leads the way to healthy eating.
Signature Service: Massage
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 12
Pro Tip: Please let us know what type of massage you like so we can match you with the correct therapist.
Sometimes the little things make all the difference. Do you bake any supplementary services into your main services?
Our trained massage therapists perform Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, and hot stone massage. Some have had advanced training in other techniques, and all of them specialize in certain techniques. That is why we look at your health history, goals, challenges, and lifestyle?to match you with the best therapist for your situation?rather than just putting you in a time slot.
The practitioners at Stone Medical Group take a holistic approach to health, seeking out the root cause of ailments and working to bolster overall wellness through natural treatments. They expertly integrate a variety of bodywork techniques, such as Swedish massage, and shiatsu, with the goal of promoting pain alleviation, improving immunity, and increasing range of motion. Craniosacral therapy targets disturbances along the spinal column, while neuromuscular facilitation nurtures connective tissue and soothes the myoskeletal system.
Yemanya Carey’s resume of massage training and certifications spans the traditional modalities—including Swedish, deep tissue, pregnancy, and cranial-sacral therapy—as well as the more exotic techniques, such as lomi lomi, reiki, and crystal healing. She practices her therapies at Birthing A New Humanity. Massage, however, is only one of the many treatments she offers to heal bodies, minds, and souls. Her guided meditation sessions are infused with sound therapy to promote senses of deep relaxation, and her essence light therapy aims to ease emotional imbalances that manifest as chronic pain. For wee ones, she runs a children’s mystery school, where she introduces them to yoga, meditation, and the chakra system.
The laid-back, fun-loving mentality of SoCal surf culture pervades Spa Samudra & Hair Lounge. Kids and pets walk freely throughout the premises as shoppers peruse the organic skincare line, made from wholesome, all-natural ingredients. Spa Samudra, however, seamlessly balances this surfer charm with the staples of a traditional day spa. Its organic skincare products, for example, are used in classic facials, which include steam cleans, exfoliation, and optional extractions. The aesthetic team also brightens faces with peels and soothes feet with detox footbaths. In addition, the 11 hairstylists at the up-and-coming hair salon pamper strands with an array of haircuts, color, and smoothing Brazilian Blowouts.