Looking and feeling your best comes from the inside.
So take care of your whole body with our arsenal of Bay Area health and wellness resources including yoga and fitness classes, healthy meal plans, relaxing massages, energy healers, chiropractors, sound baths, and even holistic vets for your BFF. We've curated the best of it all. Go forth, and be well.
(From the editors: This guide was originally published in January 2017 and has been updated in 2018 to reflect the latest news and closures.)
Bliss Out: Massage Therapy, Acupuncture + Energy Healing in the Bay Area
SAY "AAH" MASSAGES
The recent addition of CBD-infused massage, promising an aromatic and anti-inflammatory experience, is reason enough to revisit the beloved Kabuki Springs & Spa (1750 Geary Blvd., Japantown), where communal hot tubs, a cold plunge, steam room and sauna promise you'll feel refreshed. In need of some deeper pampering? Try one of their worldly services like the Javanese Lulur—a traditional Indonesian ritual with a massage, turmeric and rice body scrub, a moisturizing yogurt application, and exotic flower bath. // Although anyone could benefit from the hands of holistic massage therapist Michelle Bravo, the EOS™ Lymphatic Massage at EOS Massage (450 Sutter St., #2011, Union Square) is particularly healing for people seeking post-operative support for oncology, plastic surgery, or orthopedic procedures. Includes therapeutic-grade essential oils to help soothe, detoxify and heal the body. // At the all-suite, hyper-luxurious Meadowood Spa (900 Meadowood Ln, St. Helena)—complete with soaking pools, relaxation gardens, and its own culinary offering—hotel guests and club members may hole up among plush furnishings, private steam rooms, and views to tranquil natural surrounds for the Essential Journey, a 90-minute refresh sesh that includes a one-hour massage, facial or body treatment plus a wellness consultation. // We're all for the lavish, luxurious spa massage experience, but when we need something down and dirty, we go straight to Suchada Thai Massage (multiple locations), for a 90-minute
beatdown Thai Therapeutic Massage that leaves us feeling like jello. // In addition to Swedish and shiatsu massage, Pearl Spa (1654 Post St, Japantown), a women-only oasis, is known for its unique Korean spa offerings: Let a pool of marble-sized clay balls massages your aching muscles, or balance your energy and blood sugar levels in the Himalayan salt room. // We love International Orange (2044 Fillmore St, 2nd Floor, Lower Pac Heights) for its four-handed massage, in which not one, but two practitioners use four hands to rub in a myriad of calming aromalicious body balms from local company In Fiore. A finishing heat towel for the shoulders melts away any remaining tension.
ACUPUNCTURE + BEYOND
Moss Acupuncture (415 Spruce St., Presidio Heights), a traditional Chinese medicine practice led by Jennifer Moss, serves up acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, and moxibustion to relieve whatever ails you, from PMS to poor digestion. // Known for her sense of humor, thorough consultations, and magical pre-needling massage, Marintha Tewksbury (605 Chenery St., Civic Center) is a universally adored healer. // Jonah Hershowitz, cofounder of San Francisco Acupuncture Group (220 Montgomery St, Suite 450, FiDi), is passionate about helping his patients with highly individualized plans that may include acupuncture, massage, herbal medicine, and light and laser therapies. // Healthy, radiant skin starts with a comprehensive skincare and body wellness consultation with Kristina Holey (864 Post St., Tenderloin). Once she has identified internal and external imbalances, treatment includes a combo of traditional Chinese medicine and dietary and lifestyle recommendations. // For almost 40 years, Goop-approved acupuncturist Margaret "Peggy" Arent (620 Euclid Ave, Inner Richmond) has been practicing holistic Classical Five Element acupuncture. The journey begins with a rigorous diagnostic consultation. (Fun fact: Alice Waters is a longtime student.) // With a background in cell and developmental biology ,Camille Schindler of Honeycomb Acupuncture (541 Athol Ave, Oakland) pairs acupuncture sessions with massage so you feel entirely rejuvenated afterward. // Jonny Nobleza of Root Source Medicine (2730 Telegraph Avenue Suite 2, Berkeley) is one of the most zen-ned out humans you'll meet—just being in this yogi's presence has a calming effect. Practicing East Asian medicine, acupuncture, and bodywork, he offers craniosacral therapy, cupping, and moxibustion, and more.
Integrative nurse practitioner Anne Easthope's expertise is treating women's health and fertility issues, as well as autoimmune and thyroid/adrenal problems at CPMC's Institute for Health & Healing Clinic (2300 California St., Pacific Heights). Addressing more than just symptoms, her unique treatment blends nursing, holistic, and medical care to meet the needs of each client. Everyone needs to clear their chakras at some point, right? // When the time comes, hit up Tanya Corona (1069 York St., Mission) for a crystal therapy session wherein various gemstones and rocks are used along with a combination of healing techniques such as reiki. These sessions are also meant to activate your own healing abilities. // Put a little shamanism in your life with a session at Vibrant Reiki (399 Arguello Blvd., Inner Richmond), where founder and shaman Anna Dorian blends traditional ceremony with the needs and desires of individuals, which often includes laughing, or crying. // SF Reiki Center (3150 18th St #243, Mission) caters to a multitude of reiki needs include private sessions, distance sessions, a Monday evening clinic, as well as classes and workshops.
COLONICS ARE THE SH*T
With the tagline "We Really Know Our Sh*t," TMI Colonics (1478A Church St., Noe Valley) is our kind of place for a good flush. Hydrotherapists Marianne Graham and Julianne Bice use the LIBBE "open" system regarded as the most comfortable and advanced way to lose your, well, you know. // Marinites in need of Marie Kondo-ing their colons flock to CleanseMarin (1100 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., #3, Kentfield) for colon hydrotherapy, as well as customized detoxification/cleansing programs. // Revel & Rose (3303 Buchanan St, Marina) offers a smorgasbord of colon-hydrotherapy treatments, including the Dotolo closed system, where a therapist controls the flow of water used. Expect reasonable prices and excellent technicians. // Cultivate Detox (4333 Piedmont Ave, Oakland) is the only Bay Area studio offering the Woods Gravity cleansing system; you can even take a class in colon hygiene.
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