The massage therapists at Bella Manos Massage Boutique banish tension by performing relaxing therapies designed to loosen muscular knots and boost mood. Other benefits of massage can include reduced anxiety levels and an increased desire to lie face down on a table in a dark room.
At BuenaVentura Massage, certified massage practitioner Robert Alan Schleifer utilizes a range of techniques to eradicate aches and tension. Schleifer wields his knot kneading know-how to assuage chronic back pain with a counter-strain therapy massage, a gentle treatment designed to ease subterranean discomfort by targeting nerve, tissue, and muscular maladies. For sweet serenity, opt instead for a Swedish/Esalen-style massage, which combines thorough and direct strokes in order to treat the neck, shoulders, and back. No matter how guests choose to let loose, both mind and body will have no trouble sinking deep into BuenaVentura Massage’s quaint office space and adjoining patio, both a stone's roll away from the nearby beach and downtown businesses.
Twin Palms Health and Beauty Boutique is aptly named: owners Shannon and Sharlene are twin sisters. In their spa, the SoCal natives echo the tranquility of their favorite landscape, the beach, where they spent their childhood days together. They and their staff relax guests through massages, antioxidant-rich body wraps, facials, and more amid modern, tropical decor.
Amid the white, ethereal-curtained confines of A Secret Place Salon and Spa's waxing chamber, aesthetician Carla Cable performs hair evictions with expertise garnered from more than 10 years in the industry. After clients jump, leap, or teleport onto the silver-blanketed treatment table, Cable will slather unwanted strands with warm wax before cleanly stripping them from their follicular domiciles. The entire service takes about 15 minutes, after which personages can leave the salon boasting a smoothness seen elsewhere only in newborn beach balls.
Kali Institute's clinical curriculum and experienced instructors effectively transform pupils into licensed massage practitioners and somatic therapists. By covering subjects such as anatomy, body mechanics, and ethics, the 250-hour massage-therapy program produces licensed practitioners who know much more than just basic kneads and strokes. Students may advance their studies with additional programs that cover topics ranging from neurostructural bodywork to Asian medicines and herbs. Kali Institute also houses a student massage clinic, where graduation-bound pupils calibrate their kneads, strokes, and soft, soothing voice by pampering customers during 60-minute Swedish massages.
Karen Glass restores clarity to foggy muscle windows in the comfort of her historic downtown Ventura studio. Drawing on more than 10 years of experience, Karen can promote relaxation with Swedish strokes on her heated massage table or access lower-layer muscles with deep tissue techniques and by releasing trigger points. Clients are also free to request relaxing add-ons such as warm towels, hot stones, or a nuzzle ambush from an army of adorable puppies.