Gail Perry discovered her calling in the mid-1990s. Though she had no formal experience with massage therapy, she started to massage friends and family members until finally, she quit her day job and attended the Massage Therapy Institute of Davis. Since gaining her certification, she has joined two professional associations and capitalized on her innate ability to intuit and meet clients' therapeutic needs. She describes herself as tireless and attentive, saying, "My work is about being open to listening to the wisdom of the body." To this end, Gail offers more than 10 styles of massage, including lymphatic drainage and pregnancy, but generally combines modalities in order to deliver personalized treatments.
Voted Best Day Spa in 2010 by KCRA 3, Mosaic Salon offers a sumptuous selection of hair, skin, and body treatments personalized for each pamperable patron. Haircuts range from $25 to $30 for a junior stylist, and up to $60 and more for specialty styling with a senior stylist, accommodating thrifty clients and competitive doubloon-vault divers alike. In between cuts, bang and neck trims come free of charge. Prepare fink follicles for the witness-protection program by cloaking them in color ($66+) or Kerastase and Shu Uemura conditioning treatments ($35–$60), leaving strands as smooth and silky as a pair of gossamer stirrup pants.
The licensed therapists at Oliv'u Spa & Massage Wellness Center know that the best massages make you feel good from the inside out. It's no surprise, then, that everything they do is meant to promote balance and relaxation—right down to their use of all-natural and organic products. Though some of their most popular services include bamboo and hot-stone bodywork, these therapists will happy stray from the techniques dictated by each style in order to address specific areas of concern.
Oliv'u also has a wide range of waxing services. Using a curated selection of products to prevent irritation and ingrown hairs, staffers apply their expertise on clients' specific areas to ensure an enjoyable experience. A nutritionist and aesthetician are additionally on hand, both of whom emphasize natural treatments and discourage overconsumption of massage oil.
Certified massage therapist Venie Gray invites clients into Trinity Touch Massage for indulgent and completely custom treatments. Venie uses a slew of massage techniques, including Swedish, deep tissue, shiatsu, and reflexology, to relax minds and coax stress from bodies. With help from hot stones, the therapist’s hands can alleviate chronic back pain, improve range of motion, and even ease a dependence on medication or Nutella. Venie also caters to expectant mothers with nurturing prenatal massages and can further purge a body of toxins with salt scrubs and body wraps.
As a one-woman operation, massage therapist Andrea knows she has to be on her game for each and every client she sees. At Massage by Dre, she designs unique treatment plans for everyone, considering people's injuries and tensions when performing treatments that might incorporate multiple modalities. Her main techniques are Swedish, deep tissue, sports, trigger point, and prenatal, which can be combined depending on whether someone needs relaxation or more therapeutic work. She's also been known to pepper in supplemental techniques such as reflexology and energy work.