At Quantum Contact & Fitness, a personal trainer gets bodies sweating and muscles groaning with cardiovascular workouts and strength training. Once exercisers hit their limit, they turn to the massage therapist. He uses Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, and reflexology techniques to eliminate lactic acids that accumulate in muscles during exercise, resulting in pain relief and muscle repair.
Shortly after receiving her certification, licensed massage therapist Pinky Nhanesana set out to find a job in a spa. She thought that her combined education in massage and business management would attract potential employers, but the fact that she was also expecting her first child complicated matters. Undeterred by the fact that most businesses seemed unwilling to hire a mother-to-be, Pinky set out to create her own studio—one where she could share her talents and enhance her clients’ overall well-being with massages and other therapeutic treatments.
Six years later, Pinky knows even more about stress as the proud mother of three. Stationed in an office inside Club X Gym—not far from her home in Santa Rosa—she plies muscles with gliding strokes and firm pressures, paying attention to her clients’ individual tensions from sitting in stiff office chairs or commuting to work on bareback tigers. Committed to continually learning new skills and techniques, Pinky updates her list of services regularly. Alongside Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue massages, her current menu includes reflexology and body scrubs.
At Health Performance Chiropractic, Doctor of Chiropractic Darius Bunyad cares for his patients with a whole-body health regimen that easily adjusts to address all body types, from athletes to pregnant women to children. He became a chiropractor because he wanted to fight spinal misalignment—which he says is the root of most aches and pains, particularly those associated with age—and to focus on improving overall wellness. Dr. Bunyad cares so much about this problem that he began volunteering in his home country of Afghanistan in order to help those in need of spinal adjustments and additional medical care. Dr. Bunyad’s compassion and dedication to patient care led him to establish Health Performance Chiropractic in 2011, and he has already overseen the treatment of hundreds of residents with chiropractic services and restorative massage therapy. Because he also believes that overall wellness involves positive self-esteem, Dr. Bunyad uses Zerona laser treatments to reduce inches as well as to help train his laser-tag team, the Fightin' Lumbars, for future battles.
Targeted training in designer chemical peels, LED light therapy, and Brazilian waxing give Katy Triacca an edge as an aesthetician. She puts her education to good use at Katy Triacca Aesthetics, where she not only performs these specialized spa services, but also tackles other issues. For example, she waxes faces and blends a facial that zeroes in on rosacea.
With more than a decade of experience under her belt, Vera Groff, owner of Rejuvance Skin Care & Massage, puts clients on the path to healing through soothing massage therapy. Prior to opening her own practice, Vera used her gift at a chiropractic office, where she helped individuals recover from injuries. Today, she offers deep-tissue, reiki, and prenatal massage to all sorts of clientele, from chronic pain sufferers to those weighed down by the stresses of working five days a week or participating in an Atlas look-alike contest. Vera also offers skin-softening facials as well as a 90-minute package that combines the relaxing properties of both facial and massage.
Therapist and holistic life coach Mary Sanicola combines her scientific understanding of human anatomy and physiology with an appreciation for healing methods that treat the body as a single, interconnected organism. Rather than take other therapists at their word, Mary traveled around the world to arrive at her current treatment philosophy. Her journey brought her to Tokyo, where she spent two years mastering zen shiatsu massage and on to New York City, where she honed her Swedish-massage techniques on stressed-out cabbies before returning to Northern California to practice reiki therapy.
Today, at Evolving Bridge, Mary continues to target physical as well as incorporeal symptoms with bodywork treatments that gently relieve muscular stress and address the body's energy balance. Clients in need of a more hands-off approach to wellness can benefit from a life-coaching session, during which Mary shares her personal insights to combat anxieties more effectively than a whirlpool filled with thousands of steeping teabags.
Within the soothing ambiance of Seasons of Skin Day Spa, Alisa Carrasco patiently enhances eyelashes with a steady hand. Clients with full sets of 50 lashes per eye wake up every morning looking as if they've already applied two coats of mascara, and those who opt for the Glamour sets, which up the count to 65 lashes per eye, perpetually flaunt a dark, thick look that mimics three coats of mascara. Though these natural-looking lashes last through showers, swimming sessions, and appearances on slime-based quiz shows for up to four weeks, they will eventually fall out naturally. Clients can then return to Alisa for touchups to indefinitely extend their extensions.
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