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.
Santa Cruz Core has a staff of trainers, yoga instructors, dietitians, massage therapists, and fitness instructors who help clients get and stay in shape with a wide range of wellness services and fitness classes. Their team is committed to creating a community of wellness and to helping others achieve optimal health. They also work with clients who are rehabbing an injury, looking to increase their overall performance, or hoping to change their body.
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.
Hot stones, soothing kneads, and Thai stretches relax clients at Believe it Massage at Dao Healing Center. State-certified massage therapist Lynetta Denniston specializes in a variety of massages, including Swedish and reiki. But she believes in nurturing more than just muscles. As a life coach and yoga practitioner, she dedicates herself to helping clients untie tension at the source, adopting healthier, happier lifestyles through meditation and breathing exercises.
Signature Service: Full-Body Massage
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: Moderate hydration before and after your session.
Q&A with Eric Walther, Owner
People go to spas to forget about the outside world. How does your decor help create an atmosphere where visitors can unwind?
The New Awakening treatment center is bathed in deep red tones, draped with silks, and adorned with imagery to help you feel warm and invited. With soft lighting and music to soothe the soul, you can melt away stresses and relax the mind.
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
Holistic healthcare is my life's purpose and is what drives me to continue to hone my skills for the benefit of all.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Traditional healing arts have roots that go back over 1,600 years. This art incorporates various healing modalities that are intended to meet the specific needs of the client in order to attain maximum benefit.