After spending years watching her sister and father deal with the effects of scoliosis, Shannon Lynn Brown found herself interested in helping others with similar health issues. That’s the reason she attended The New School for Massage in Chicago and became a certified massage therapist and a member of ABMP. Shannon now treats chronic and acute muscle pain inside Breathe, a yoga studio with red roof tiles, a high wooden ceiling, and wall niches inhabited by Buddha statues.
Shannon uses her intuition—as well as her knowledge of anatomy—to minimize the pain caused by scars and to the ease the aches associated with pregnancy and breastfeeding. Her experience as a swimmer and yoga practitioner informs her sports-therapy massage and enables her to skillfully apply kinesio tape, which can improve circulation, manage swelling, and make duct tape seem so inferior you might give a roll of it to a subordinate to express your dislike of their work. In addition to nurturing her clients back to health, Shannon has taught students at her alma mater and at Five Branches in California.
Enjoy the simple elegance of Body Resultz Skin Care. Designed to enhance your vitality and wellbeing, you will find a peaceful respite from the stress of the day. Body Resultz Skin Care captures a comforting and relaxing atmosphere for female and male clients with convenience and location in downtown Santa Cruz.
Phoenix DeLeón, owner of Phoenix Rolfing focuses most of her practice on Rolf Structural Integration treatments. During 90-minute Rolfing sessions, Phoenix focuses on manipulating the body's connective tissue to bring the body into alignment in order to perfect her clients' posture and decrease back strain. In addition to Rolfing, Phoenix also offers therapeutic massage.
Aesthetician Wendy Smith helms Bare, where she welcomes guests for waxing, skin care, and massage services. In a clean and comfortable environment, she fastidiously removes unwanted hair from areas such as sideburns, legs, or arms. Meanwhile, facials and chemical peels cleanse and soothe visages, as Swedish massages evict stress and anxiety from back muscles.
Lead by Dr. Tonya Fleck-D'Andrea, N.D., an all-female team of naturopathic doctors and massage therapists at Santa Cruz Naturopathic Medical Center soothes bodies with holistic care in a nurturing environment. First-time patients create a personalized treatment plan during a two-hour consultation with a licensed N.D. (naturopathic doctor). In these sessions, the doctors review lab work done in the past year, go over current medication, and discuss the client’s health concerns to establish a regimen designed to treat these issues and prevent conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and turf tonsils. The Center's specialists strive to establish an open dialogue with patients when tailoring therapies by performing physicals and ordering new lab work only as necessary. Precision healing also comes from the hands of licensed massage therapists, whose cross-training in Swedish massage, Craniosacral therapy, and acupressure create a single super-modality sent from the future to terminate knotted muscles and release stress-induced tension.
The skilled aestheticians and therapists at L'Atelier Day Spa work sore muscles, wax unwanted hairs, and unclog pores with a mélange of spa services. A one-hour back or chest wax for men ($55+) makes shirts feel suddenly roomier, and a one-hour New Brazilian wax for females ($75+) allows a waxee to wear even the skimpiest string bikini. The organic 45-minute buff-and-shine pedicure ($40) includes a cuticle trim, nail shaping, and massage to remove calluses and make paws as smooth as a freshly glazed bowling pin. An age-defying and disappointingly non-edible one-hour Firm facial ($105) plumps and tightens up skin by slathering it with a blend of marshmallow root, acai berry and other fruit antioxidants.
Under the new management of Sondra Lee and Nickolas Jones, Tonic Salon & Spa renews and rejuvenates with an array of salon and spa services. Stylists trim tresses, apply makeup, or add new color using Pureology products as clients follow along in mirrors of various sizes, shapes, and opinions of who's fairest. Team members also perform skincare services powered by the Organics skincare line and massages that send much-needed care packages of oxygen to corporeal outliers.
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