Nestled amid the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Balance Studio Spa beckons patrons into a holistic mecca festooned with tile mosaics and flowering plants. The health spa is the brainchild of owner Melissa Stone Santangelo, a massage therapist and intuitive healer who is an expert in the field of TLC. With a passion for alternative health care, Melissa restores patrons' physical and mental balance either within a weathered-wood building or in the garden, where draperies shelter outdoor treatment areas. Visitors to the practice can bask in spa treatments or take home Melissa's new book, SpaCipes, The Spa Cookbook, or Balance Tool Kits that include yoga DVDs, guided meditation materials, and allen wrenches for tightening up loose joints. Custom spa packages encompass a diverse suite of treatments such as reiki, food facials, and food body treatments.
The team at Butchart Health Center consists of Dennis Butchart, a doctor of chiropractic, and fellow physicians, Dr. Robert Duplain ND and Dr. Corrine Wang ND. Together they take a deeper a look at the root of patient's surface symptoms to target the underlying cause. The root of many ailments often can be traced to spinal misalignment, which he and his colleague Dr. Jeremy Jones then treat using a variety of adjustment techniques and stern lectures.
Their teammate, J. A. Servatius, a naturopathy specialist, takes a similar holistic approach to his weight-loss and wellness treatments. He aims to help his clients make positive changes in their lives by adopting proper nutrition and healthy habits.
In business since 2002, Day Dreams Massage Therapy is a thriving spa due in large part to the 15 years massage experience each of their therapists possesses as well as being nationally certified. This deep knowledge of bodywork informs them as they completely customize treatments for each client. They draw on a variety of techniques??deep tissue, Swedish, hot stone??in order to ease stress or target specific areas of concern, such as chronic pain or joint immobililty. In addition to massage, they invite guests to bask in the beneficial rays of the infrared sauna, where radiant heat and the whispered encouragements of a cool towel aim to increase blood circulation and decrease stress. In addition to this, the spa offers carbon heated and cedar wood box saunas.
The body-purifying staff at The Detox Cottage assists in flushing out intestinal tracts and evicting harmful bodily toxins with a portfolio of preventive health and wellness services. For clients who are uninitiated with the colon-cleansing process, amicable technicians lend an ear, resolving concerns and touting the potential health benefits.
A 30-minute consultation precedes every colonic and takes place in a private treatment room with soft music and low lights. Once acquainted with each client's health needs, therapists may suggest other detoxifying treatments, such as massages, infrared-sauna sessions, or sprints through local car washes.
The knowledgable staff at New Breath of Life makes clients feel better from the inside out with detoxification treatments. Such treatments include infrared-sauna sessions, which cleanse clients' bodies by causing them to sweat out toxins, and colon-hydrotherapy treatments, which flush the colon with triple-filtered water. She also offers herbal body wraps that contour the body and circulate lymph back into the blood stream. In addition to detoxification treatments, the team offers massages and waxing and skincare services.