1976 was the United States' 200th birthday. It was the year the $2 bill was issued and the VHS was introduced. It was also the year that licensed acupuncturist and body mender Phil Caylor founded and instructed at one of the first massage schools in Santa Cruz. Now with more than 40 years of experience, Phil expertly slackens musculature with an ample repertoire of techniques.
Initial assessments of the body's overall health may segue into acupuncture to unblock energy flow or into the long, flowing strokes of Swedish massage to ease full-body tension. Whether releasing knots with firm deep-tissue techniques or investigating organ function with nutritional response testing, Phil complements his sessions with relaxation training to ensure wellness at home and pinky-lift training to prevent embarrassment at tea parties.
Vanity Skin Care's owner and chief aesthetician gifts women with a break from the world, and the chance to return to it feeling beautiful. She maintains a clean, peaceful spa, without a speck of dust to distract from her clients during treatments. There, she soothes skin with an array of facials and peels that reduce the appearance of sun spots, wrinkles, and acne. She also provides an array of waxing services to remove extra hair from faces and limbs where it could distract people while they are driving or turning cartwheels down the street.
With certifications in acupuncture, Oriental medicine, and massage therapy, Jenny Johnston treats ailments with natural tools. She approaches her traditional Chinese medical treatments with a mind for Western science, drawing influence not only from time-tested techniques but also from her training in orthopedics and bio medicine. Although Johnston focuses many of her holistic treatments on women’s health, she can tailor her acupuncture sessions, herbal remedies, and massages to treat maladies of all kinds, from allergies and digestive issues to backaches and neck pain.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Formulas
Brands Used: Designs for Health, Health Concerns, Golden Flower
Pro Tip: More parking is available behind the building; pay attention to designated spots for surrounding businesses.
What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
Acupuncture and herbal formulas are the cornerstone of my practice. I employ bio-communication tools to better understand one's unique constitution. A report is generated that benefits both myself and the client, with charts and graphs detailing organ and vertebral function. Using Shiatsu, Tui na, and Thai massage techniques enhances circulation, which is extremely effective in relieving pain and promoting relaxation.
Out of your entire repertoire, which is your favorite service to perform and why?
I offer a 90-minute traditional Shiatsu floor massage that is preformed on a thick mat. The entire routine is so relaxing?a head-to-toe massage with passive stretching, such as hip mobilization, neck traction, and achilles stretching. It's not difficult to see why most [clients] are snoring in 20 minutes. It makes me happy to give individuals the space they need to just relax.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
In addition to traditional Chinese medicine, I employ techniques to help individuals evaluate their constitution through questions regarding nutrition, cravings, weight gain, problem areas, etc. This will define an individual's "body type" through an assessment of dominant gland function. With this knowledge, miraculous and enduring body transformations occur.
Certified massage therapist Christine Esler specializes in sports medicine, so she fits right in among the athletes at Bike Dojo, the spin class studio in which she works. One need not be an athlete to benefit from her treatments, though. Her Swedish, deep-tissue, and shiatsu techniques relax tense muscles or biceps that won't unclench from a strongman pose or a guy holding up the humidifier pose. To ease the path of her healing hands, Christine daubs skin with her own signature blend of aromatherapeutic oils. Lavender-scented or unscented oil are also available.
Liza Van Dine was 7 years old the first time someone asked her to help heal through the power of touch. Since then, she's sharpened her energy-healing skills, and supplemented her talent with certifications in various massage-therapy modalities. At California Holistic Massage, Liza offers an array of therapeutic massages, along with a healing bodywork discipline called TwoShotPress that she invented herself.