As an avid athlete, Megan Brooks looked forward to a lifetime of tight, sore muscles. Physical stiffness did not impede her agile mind, however, which targeted massage therapy to deepen her knowledge of the body and hurdle the side effects of exercise. She formalized her passion at the National Holistic Institute's College of Massage Therapy in San Francisco, and she graduated with a letter of excellence. Currently, she focuses on harmonizing body and spirit with her strong hands and the warm, soothing light emanating from her third eye, knowing firsthand that this balance—different for every client—is critical to general well-being and athletic performance. A specialization in integrative massage reflects this attitude, as the style allows her to respond to individual problems with any stroke from her repertoire, including Swedish, deep-tissue therapy, and rarer styles such as Hawaiian lomi lomi.
As director of the manual therapy program at Inner-Action Sports Rehab in Oakland, she continuously expands her knowledge of how the human body works, fails, and can be righted without jamming limbs into a T-square. Practicing the 3,000-year-old art also sparked her interest in the ancient holistic health systems of ayurveda and Chinese medicine, the study of which she has penned into her continuing-education schedule.
Signature Service: Deep-tissue therapeutic massage
Brands Used: Biotone
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Normally, a deep-tissue massage involves the client lying undressed on a table while the therapist works their fingers deep into areas of tension or chronic pain. Dawson’s Stress Reduction's signature deep-tissue massage is a little different.
For this massage, clients stay fully clothed while the therapist walks across their back using barefoot shiatsu techniques. The therapist also relies on myofascial release, trigger-point therapy, and stretching techniques, as well as a few traditional deep-tissue moves and other Western massage therapies.
The therapist further relaxes clients with stress-management massages and chair massages, for which they tote an ergonomically designed chair to off-site locations, including the client's business or corporate treehouse.
If Kume Foot Spa and Tea Bar’s the trickling water fountain, botanical art, and drifting herbal aromas don’t immediately mark it as a tranquil haven, its lengthy list of commendations will. Readers of Oakland Magazine named it the Best Spa in 2012 and the Best Place to Treat Your Feet in 2011, and the magazine's editors called it the Most Relaxing Place to Take a Load Off in 2010. The cozy, Asian-inspired spa has also been nominated
in the Best Day Spa category on the San Francisco A-List.
Inside the spa’s lauded confines, skilled massage therapists and reflexologists perform treatments ranging from acupressure and shiatsu sessions to soothing aromatherapy massages with lavender, ginger, and peppermint essential oils. At the tea bar, guests sip complimentary loose-leaf varieties grown in the mountains of China while gargling responses to the nearby water fountain.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We offer Massage Therapy, and Acupuncture, and have time and space to treat your whole body-mind spirit.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
During my Massage and Acupuncture career, I ve seen a lot of people that have benefitted from stress reduction, and the treatment, and elimination of their injuries. It inspires me to help people be the best they can be, and become more flexible, with more range of motion in their joints.
What do you love most about your job?
I love the calm and serenity of my office inside a spa, and I feel honored to be able to help people change, and improve their lives, and I am often inspired , and learn from my clients.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
"This was the first time I had a Massage, and the Cupping massage was excellent!"
Andrea Turner CMT (Certified Massage Therapist) is ready to provide you with the best massage to relax both body and mind. Andrea offers deep tissue massage, trigger point massage, sports massage, massage for jaw pain, pregnancy massage, Swedish massage, and essential oil massage for all your relaxation and muscle-repair needs. Not sure which type of massage to choose? Don’t worry. Book an appointment with Andrea Turner Massage Therapy and after a brief discussion about what you’re feeling, Andrea will create something that’s just right for you. Not quite sure yet? How about this: Andrea Turner CMT received the Best Massage Therapist award in 2013 and 2014 by readers of Oakland magazine. She’s even been mentioned in the Best of the Bay every year since 2011. So whether it’s relief from those long hours sitting at a desk, repair for a sports injury, or anything in between, Andrea Turner Massage Therapy can get you back where you need to be – pain free – in no time at all.
For Jinny Pak Lee, owner of Polish on Piedmont, getting a manicure is about more than making your hands pretty. She subscribes to what she calls the “Polish lifestyle,” which includes "bettering the lives of others around us and at the same time, bettering ourselves." As part of this lifestyle, she advocates getting regular grooming services including manicure, messages, and waxing treatments. In her view, feeling clean and beautiful helps improve her clients’ overall experience. Thus, she frames her treatments as a calming experience that will leave people happier with themselves and the world.
To try one of these rejuvenating treatments, start with a customized facial to remove dirt and debris or a blueberry and honey hydrating mask to inject moisture into dry skin. Waxing treatments strip hair from the forehead to the toes, while mani-pedis add a coat of polish to all 10 of your digits.