Tragedy inspired a career for Pnina Zoharah. In the late 1980s, Pnina’s mother fell ill with multiple sclerosis, and while her family turned to Western medicine for help, Pnina began research of her own. Eventually, she stumbled upon a self-healing book that outlined how one practitioner, Meir Schneider, cured his own blindness. Unfortunately, Pnina’s family did not have the funds to take her mother to see Schneider before her death.
Though her mother was gone, Pnina carried on, moving to San Francisco to study with Schneider and learn about energy work, hands-on healing, and emotional release. Today, she continues on her path, now with several publications and teaching seminars under her belt. She's also the owner and practitioner at Movement and Spirit. Within her relaxation oasis, she administers tailored bodywork sessions using several techniques, from Swedish and deep-tissue to neuromuscular and reiki therapy. Pnina encourages clients to turn to movement for relief with dance and movement therapy, which incorporates slow, gentle, and sometimes unusual movements, and hearkens back to her first understanding of self-healing with yoga for the eyes classes and vision-enhancing bodywork sessions. She even helps with emotional troubles through emotional-release work, spiritual counseling, and spiritual-parenting seminars, which are designed to boost communication between adults and kids.
Susan Renaud’s healing abilities stem from a lifetime spent developing a natural insight and intuition in regards to the well-being of others. From athletic pursuits to teaching, she has always found a way to empathize with and assess the source of pain in those around her. Today, through spiritual healing, she aims to enhance the lives of her clients by manipulating the natural flow of energy through their bodies.
Susan’s process employs energy healing at the cellular level, meditative regression, and other techniques to help to soothe physical ailments. More intuitive than an airport scanner, Susan probes inside the body to heal on physical and spiritual levels. Remote healing also helps Susan to unearth bodily complaints from afar or from beneath couch cushions. Once established, healing programs can include a variety of remedies from exercise and dietary changes to meditation and herbs.
Certified massage therapist Hazel Frost took her massage education one step further with advanced training in neuromuscular therapy. She deploys those skills, along with Swedish and deep-tissue techniques, during 60-, 90-, and 120-minute massage sessions. Hazel offers shiatsu, thai, and reflexology massages, in addition to trigger-point and myofascial therapy. Also a certified holistic health coach, she helps her clients accomplish their overall wellness goals such as losing weight or increasing their energy level enough to beat Super Mario Bros. in one sitting.
The staff at The Fifth Avenue Spa showers clients with a repertoire of soothing treatments amid white leather couches and swaying sprays of cut flowers. Décor characterized by shades of sand lets accents of purple leap from sunset photographs, blooming orchids, and images of flying people-eaters gracing the walls. With contented sighs drifting free after massages and body wraps, patrons shutter electronic devices so as not to break the relaxing spell. The intimately lit treatment rooms make eyelids increasingly heavy and delight off-leash shadow puppets during waxing treatments and facials.
Amelia Paris Salon & Spa's squadron of aestheticians, each boasting at least 20 years of experience, pampers and beautifies skin with attention and care. Soothing products and deft hands plunge faces into wells of tranquility during carefully tailored Signature facials, in which these seasoned skin gurus work to shield and rescue epidermises from the effects of premature aging, acne flare-ups, and misguided lard facials. A deep cleansing then frees faces from excess oil before an exfoliating scrub shoos away roughened outer layers. To conclude the session, a set of extractions decongests pores to unveil a complexion as spot-free as a freshly bleached dalmatian.