The human body is a lobster trap for stress, as evidenced by how difficult it is for our muscles to relax and how we can't lie on the ocean floor without filling up with crustaceans. Easily release captured stress with today's Groupon: for $65, you get a 90-minute wrap and massage package, including an herbal back wrap, a footbath, and a facial (a $110 value), along with two types of massage (an $85 value), at Natural Rhythm Healing Hut in San Leandro (a $195 total value).
The massage therapists at Natural Rhythm Healing Hut combine modalities of Thai, deep-tissue, and Swedish massage with detoxifying herbal treatments to help harmonize the mind, body, and spirit. The 90-minute session kicks off with an herbal healing treatment that dunks tired toes into a footbath of lavender and eucalyptus before swaddling the neck, shoulders, and back with a wrap designed to extinguish aches and the campfires of body-dwelling stress. An herbal facial wrap similarly calms frontispieces with shea butter, aromatic organic muscle-soothing oil, and organic herbs such as peppermint, spearmint, and chamomile.
Already well on the way to renewal, guests then enjoy a Thai massage and a Natural Rhythm Back to Life massage, which blends practices of deep-tissue and Swedish massage with hallmarks of acupressure, shiatsu, and xylophone performances. The Thai massage helps impart yogic flexibility benefits, and the Back to Life massage and natural rhythm technique are designed to rehabilitate injury and unscrew the lid from chronic tension without asking a grandson for help.
The Natural Rhythm Healing Hut is a spa-like wellness center modeled after those found deep in indigenous villages. Amid calming earth-tone walls and houseplants that whisper flattering remarks, massage therapists dole out treatment paired with tips to help clients reach their health goals.
Natural Rhythm Healing Hut
When Natural Rhythm Healing Hut’s founder Farcia De’Toles Medearis opened her spa in 1999, she knew she wanted to model it after healing centers found in indigenous West African villages. Farcia told the San Leandro Patch that, as a child in Liberia, she watched her grandmother concoct herbal remedies and lead traditional healing dances, which inspired a deep appreciation for dance and movement in healing. Each of Natural Rhythm’s massage modalities uses techniques based on these dances to speed recovery by employing music and cadenced body movements that tune into a person’s inner rhythm and natural theme song. Even the lobby mimics a traditional healing hut with tribal patterns, rounded treatment rooms, and hand-painted murals featuring rural African scenes.
Some of the treatments offered at this retreat include 60- to 90-minute massages that mingle Eastern and Western strokes as well as herbal body wraps designed to detoxify, tighten, and smooth the skin. Farcia also leads healing fitness classes such as Nia, a program that combines dance, martial arts, and yoga to tone the body and relieve stress. All therapists at her practice have a health-education background and receive ongoing training in the center’s special bodywork techniques.
Old San Leandro
1475 E 14th St.
San Leandro, California 94577