Human touch is essential to the emotional development of a relationship and the physical development of high-fiving muscles. Hail to the powers of hands with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $65 for one 90-minute Natural Mystic spa package (a $195 value), which includes:
- Lavender-eucalyptus foot bath
- Herbal body wrap
- 25- to 30-minute Thai massage
- 25- to 30-minute Back to Life massage
- $115 for two 90-minute Natural Mystic spa packages (a $390 value)<p>
The Natural Mystic spa package is designed to bring frazzled bodies and spirits back into balance through calming herbs and various massage techniques. Therapists begin the 90-minute treatment by plunking tired feet into a warm bath filled with lavender, eucalyptus, and sage advice from retired sneakers. Herbal wraps placed around the neck, shoulders, back, and face elevate relaxation with a blend of herbs designed to calm the senses, including peppermint, spearmint, chamomile, and eucalyptus. From here, the treatment segues into two 25- to 30-minute massages. The first, a traditional Thai massage, blends acupressure and deep pressure with the hands, elbows, feet, and knees to increase joint mobility. Then a Back to Life massage combines Swedish, shiatsu, and neuromuscular techniques to loosen areas of chronic tension or gravitas.<p>
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.