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.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
A unique method for treating pain and tension is by treating myofascial trigger points. Trigger points are painful when pressed on, causing shortening of the muscle fibers, and have a special property called referred pain when a trigger point in one area can create pain in another area.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I was inspired to study Chinese Medicine when I grandmother told me of how her mom could not walk and went to acupuncture. She walked out of the office that day!
What do you love most about your job?
I love working with diverse people. I love working with Chinese herbs which we have an extensive collection of at our office.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
"I wish I would have found you sooner!" & (happiness tears)
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.
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.