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19 Tamalpais Ave.
San Anselmo, CA 94960
Shibui is a charming, rustic spa built in the 1970's with private outdoor tubs and sauna. The facilities are surrounded by tall trees, cascading ivy, a sweet garden and light Japanese decor that lends to the serene atmosphere. Professional massage therapista skilled in a variety of modalities are on hand to deepen your relxation or to enhance and speed a healing process. The spa is conveniently located in downtown San Anselmo close to many restaurants, yet set back from the main road.
Menu of Services
Massage and BodyworkTherapy
Under the "Basic" price category are Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Lomi Lomi, Pregnancy, Ayurvedic, and Reflexology styles of bodywork.
We have three levels of therapists at Shibui: Junior, Advanced, and Senior. A 55-minute massage with a Junior Therapist is $80, Advanced make $85 and Senior Therapists
(in the field 20 years or more with years of additional training) are $90 for 55 minutes.
The hot soak before receiving the massage penetrates and opens the tissues enabling the bodywork to be that much more effective. A 25-minute hot tub or sauna can be added to any length of massage at a discount of $10.
For more in depth descriptions of each modality, click on the name of the style you're interested in.
There are several modalities included under the heading, "Basic" Massage that offer a relaxing and therapeutic session to each person. They release tension, open the circulation, stimulate the release of toxins and reduce aches and pains.
Add a specialty modality for just $5 more to a general Swedish, Deep Tissue,
Prenatal, Sports,or Lomi Lomi massage.
Choose from Visceral/Organ massage, Lymphatic, Neuromuscular therapy, Brain/Spine Integration, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Manual Medicine, or Shiatsu to combine the Basic modalities with.
Deepen and enhance the effectiveness and thoroughness of your treatment for just a few dollars more!
Deep Tissue Massage
For those who prefer more pressure or who have holding closer to the bones themselves.
Let the water soothe away surface tensions then ease into a deep relaxation with a glorious 40 minute bodywork session.
Have the therapist focus on just the areas that gather tension or stress for you and be amazed at how much better you feel in a short time!
Very helpful both before and after the birth to help the body manage its transitions
more smoothly. There are so many changes that occur on a deep and surface tissue level, it's recommended to support the system and guide it into optimum alignment with balanced tensions.
There are reflex areas in the hands and feet which correspond to various organs and systems in the body via nerve and energetic pathways. Reflexology stimulates those areas to help tonify them, release stagnation, and improve function. Working with these reflex areas has a calming effect on the entire body.
A soothing transmission of Universal Life Force that calms the system and stimulates healing
Includes working out adhesions, mobilizing joints, and stretching, to maximize performance and reduce injuries.
Smooth, long strokes for a relaxing, nurturing massage
Developed in India centuries ago, this soothing style of massage uses a special blend of herbal oils to help clear stagnation from the system, balance and increase energy, and enhance well-being.
Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy
This gentle osteopathic technique is a profound way to dive beneath sources of tension to release them from within.
Contacting the energetic, fluid, and connective tissue systems that have become blocked or stagnant frees them into renewed flow and balance.
The spine, cranial bones, pelvis and nervous system are gently encouraged to return to their original motion with ease and efficiency.
The releases and levels of relaxation are as deep as the levels of nurturing support the body receives with this special method.
Hot Stone Massage
Enjoy the additional depth of relaxation afforded by the perfect amount of penetrating heat from a natural source: stones.
As the carefully placed stones open the pores and release tension in the muscles, the therapists combines Swedish and Deep Tissue massage strokes to further enhance the release of toxins, stress, aches and pains.
The lymph system contain countless immune cells and is also an important part of the elimination process for waste in the body. Stress and stifled emotional can impeded the lymph and dampen the healing process.
It's also very helpful after injuries or surgeries. It is a very gentle modality and feels wonderful.
A specialty that's helpful for injuries, old and new. It works with the body's messages to the brain and creates the changes there so the brain doesn't return to the old pattern so easily.
It can include movements to do at home so your body retains the new organization that happens in the nervous system and throughout the musculo-skeletal system. It's also invaluable for neurological conditions and brain injury.
Orthopedic Manual Medicine
This style and approach to bodywork is aligned with the principles of osteopathy
and treats orthopedic or more complex injuries.
It is wholistic and includes techniques to open compressed or
sheared joints and vertebrae, release stagnant fluid or organ systems,
or balance over-stimulated brain nuclei along with the central and peripheral nervous systems.
Any of these scenarios can produce pain, stiffness, or tight muscles that may not easily release if treated only with massage. The techniques are gentle, specific, and effective.
Japanese acupressure which uses the meridian system and acupuncture points to facilitate energy flow throughout the body. Some say that all pain (not associated with tissue damage) is from blocked energy.
These modalities are more clinical and therapeutic in a targeted way. In addition to the release, relaxation, and nurture of the Basic Bodywork, they also address specific layers of the system as a door into the source of symptoms.
They include approaches like Shiatsu, Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation (Internal Organ Treatment), Manual Medicine, NeuroMuscular Reeducation (Feldenkrais and Trigger Point), Lymphatic Drainage, and Brain/Spine Integration. Hot Stone Massage is included in the specialty category, more because of the uniqueness of the approach rather than the targeted areas it effects.
Most of these modalities have their roots in Osteopathy and were developed by physicians. Treating on these levels have a direct effect on the musculo-skeletal system.
Recent studies estimate that up to 90% of musculoskeletal issues arise from internal organ or gut issues. Many fascia, nerves and blood vessels are shared between these structures and if something effects one, the other areas will also be effected.
Settling issues in the abdomen, pelvis and chest will help chronic problems with back, hip, shoulder and other joint issues immeasurably! It will also serve a much calmer nervous system, peace of mind, and an easier digestive experience. It is not to be missed! Combine it with a massage and you'll be a convert forever.
Whole Body Integration
Everything in our body is connected to everything else in some way. Issues seldom are isolated to one system, but usually involve nerves and vessels that are shared, ligaments and fascia that support or interpenetrate the area, and organs that are attached nearby.
There is less likelihood that an issue will return if all the layers are addressed simultaneously. Whole Body Integration does that. You've got to try it!
Hot tub #1
The last vestige of our old redwood tubs now has an acrylic insert. You can have the jets on or off and soak away the day in 104 degree filtered hot water.
Hot tub #3
A new fiberglass and Italian tile round tub with a small bench and large adjacent patio lends itself well to having an outdoor massage in the summer after your tub! It's the favorite tub for families who want their children to join them. We have pool toys at the front desk for them if you or they like. All prices are per person, children 8 years and under are free.
It seats 4-5 (depending on the size) comfortably and has magnificent jets that can be controlled from the deck.
|25 minutes with tub #3||$15.00|
Hot Tub Series
Buy a package of three half hour hot tubs in tub #1 for $30.
Commit to taking better care of yourself, one soak at a time (and save $6)!
Decide to take more time to take care of yourself and earn this great discount for spacious tub #3.
Prepay for 3 half hour tubs and schedule them at the time that works best for you for just $9.75 each until June 1st.
Red Cedar Sauna
Dry or Wet Sauna
Our sauna is lined with fresh red cedarwood and had adjustable temperatures.
Most clients prefer the range from 150 to 170 degrees.
It's possible to add water behind the rocks to release steam into the room for a little more penetrating heat, a little more sweat and a stronger detox effect.
A spray bottle with filtered water is also on hand in case you want to mist the rocks during your session.
We use aromatherapy with (if you like) essential oils of rosemary, peppermint, lemon and eucalyptus in the sauna before you session to enhance health benefits.
There's a cold shower adjacent to the sauna for contrast to increase circulation, or to close your pores afterwards.
Sauna and hot tub
Many people like the sauna and hot tub combination to give the body tastes of both dry and wet heat, interspersed with cold showers to stimulate circulation.
|25 minutes with tub #1||$20.00|
|55 minutes with tub #1||$34.00|
|25 minutes with tub #3||$22.00|
|55 minutes with tub #3||$36.00|
Sauna w/Salt Scrub Plain
Upgrade your detox experience in the sauna by including a scrub with our authentic salts
from the dead sea.
They are from one of the most ancient bodies of water in the world, rich with minerals, trace minerals and nutrients that help to feed, nourish, and heal the skin while sloughing off dead cells from its surface.
It strengthens the immune system while increasing the capacity for cellular communication and detoxification. Take a cool shower after to rinse off what your body eliminated and close the pores. You'll come out glowing!
Tub/Sauna with Tub#1
Enjoy soothing time in the tub, take a cool shower for contrast to increase your circulation, then switch to the sauna for increased benefit to the immune system. This tub is right next door to the sauna but is a little smaller than tub #3 with fewer jets and a smaller deck area.
Tub/Sauna Combo with Tub #3
This is the preference for most couples and groups since it has more jets with a larger patio area, a bench and lawn chairs to relax in. It's a few feet farther from the sauna, but worth it for the space if more people are coming along.
Tub/Sauna with Salt Scrub and Clay Facial
Luxuriate while you exfoliate and detox with our special ordered dead sea salts (self-applied) and French green clay.
Ease away the soreness, stiffness and stress in the warm water, then take a cool shower with the salt scrub, rinse and apply the clay. Give yourself at least 20 minutes in the sauna to let the clay dry, then rinse with cool water and apply toner to balance the skin's ph.
|85 minutes (for tub #1)||$58.00|
Basic Massage w/ Dead Sea Salt Scrub
For a few dollars more, include an exfoliating scrub after the hot tub. The warm soothing water relaxes and opens the skin, then a gentle, fine salt from Israel's 3 million year-old placid sea filled with dozens of enriching minerals cleanse and nourish the skin. Follow up with a therapeutic massage to enhance circulation and deepen cleansing releases.
Basic Massage w/ Clay Facial
This combination allows the deepest cleansing with a selection of three different clays from choice spots in the world to match a skin type.
Following a hot shower, the one you care about will apply French green, Moroccan red, or Bentonite clay on the face, neck, skin irritations, pimples, etc. They will then sit in a cedarwood sauna by candlelight with essential oils diffused into the room to allow the clay to do its healing work.
A cool rinse precedes the therapeutic massage of your choice or of his or her preferences. There are at least half a dozen to choose from.
Basic Massage w/ Salt Scrub and Clay Facial
This wonderful combination includes both tub and sauna for an hour preceding a
luxuriating massage. During that time the person can do the most refreshing,
cleansing things for their skin using the most simple, natural sources produced by the
They'll ease off surface tensions with the hot tub, shower with the salt scrub, apply the clay of their choice and rest in the cedar sauna while the clay absorbs toxins and nourishes their skin. a balancing toner is applied after the clay is rinsed off with a cool shower, then the massage begins!
Specialized Combo Bodywork with Salt Scrub
This combination allows a choice of several more styles of massage and bodywork that address more layers and areas of the body. It includes modalities like Shiatsu, Ayurvedic, Lymphatic, Cranial Sacral, and Neuromuscular work.
This is for the person who could use a little extra focus on specific issues that may be in their body in addition to the relaxing nurture of a Swedish, Prenatal, Sports, or Lomi Lomi basic massage.
If there are any auto-immune issues, digestive concerns, acute or chronic aches or pains, surgical scars, headaches, or neurological conditions, let them benefit from the additional techniques offered in this category.
Specialized Combo Bodywork with Clay Facial
Include many more varieties of techniques by using the specialized options for a person with certain physical issues that need further resolution. An additional $5 goes a long way in this category.
Specialized Combo Bodywork with Salt and Clay
This one offers an hour of tub and sauna before the advanced bodywork to enjoy additional time to cleanse and nourish the skin. A thoroughly refreshing, healing way to go!
Small Group Class
Experience professional guidance and support with helpful modifications in a small group. In these small classes there is time for much more personal instruction to be sure your alignment is correct and insure optimal benefit with minimal strain.
Whether you're a beginner or advanced practitioner, there are details within each posture that increase energetic flow, balance muscle activation and optimize weight bearing through the skeleton.
It's always helpful if not advised to have individualized instruction because every body is unique and each person is at a unique phase with their body.
Choice of Vinyasa, Gentle, Yin, Prenatal, Hatha, or Thai Yoga
Private Instruction - Hatha
The word hatha means willful or forceful. Hatha yoga refers to a set of physical exercises (known as asanas or postures), and sequences of asanas, designed to align your skin, muscles, and bones. The postures are also designed to open the many channels of the body—especially the main channel, the spine—so that energy can flow freely.
Hatha is also translated as ha meaning "sun" and tha meaning "moon." This refers to the balance of masculine aspects—active, hot, sun—and feminine aspects—receptive, cool, moon—within all of us. Hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites. In our physical bodies we develop a balance of strength and flexibility. We also learn to balance our effort and surrender in each pose.
Hatha yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation. It asks us to bring our attention to our breath, which helps us to still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in the unfolding of each moment.
Private Instruction - Thai Yoga Stretching Massage
Imagine your spine lengthening, your hips opening, your shoulders releasing, all without your doing a thing. Ah, this is the bliss of a Thai yoga massage, an ancient healing art that is said to date back to the time of the Buddha. Thai massage can feel like a nurturing, effortless yoga practice in which your partner moves your body in and out of postures, enticing your muscles into gentle stretches and your mind into deep relaxation.
Legend has it that the practice began in India more than 2,500 years ago, then migrated to Thailand, where it was performed in temples and regarded as a spiritual practice.
Private Instruction - Vinyasa
Vinyasa means "breath-synchronized movement," and Vinyasa yoga is a series of poses that will move you through the power of inhaling and exhaling. Vinyasa movements are smoothly flowing and almost dance-like, which explains why it is sometimes referred to as Vinyasa Flow or just Flow.
Private Instruction - Prenatal yoga
From the Mayo Clinic:
"If you're pregnant and looking for ways to relax or stay fit, you may be considering prenatal yoga. Good for you! But did you know that prenatal yoga may also help you prepare for labor and promote your baby's health? Before you start prenatal yoga, understand the range of possible benefits, as well as what a typical class entails and important safety tips.
What are the benefits of prenatal yoga?
Much like other types of childbirth-preparation classes, prenatal yoga is a multifaceted approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centering and focused breathing. Research suggests that prenatal yoga is safe and can have many benefits for pregnant women and their babies.
For example, studies have suggested that prenatal yoga can:
Reduce stress and anxiety
Increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
Decrease lower back pain, nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches and shortness of breath
Decrease the risk of preterm labor, pregnancy-induced hypertension and intrauterine growth restriction — a condition that slows a baby's growth."
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Book 1 ~ Kikoo and the Land of the Shimmers
In the first book of the series, Kikoo is invited to learn the secrets of nature after being initiated in a delightful event in the field behind his house. His friend and guardian,
Boonie, who happens to be a husky dog, accompanies him on a series of trial and error tasks where, with the help of angelic beings, Kikoo learns how to use the secrets he's being taught.
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Book 2 ~ Kikoo and the Rainbow Saddle
In the second book of the series, Kikoo meets a new young apprentice as well as a new set of mentors to prepare him for his next mission.
They learn how to use the powers of the new rainbow saddle which takes special types of training to master. As their skills increase,
the risks connected to the mission also increase in this exciting sequel.
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Book 3 ~ Kikoo and the Wall of Faces
A new group of 'rainbow' children join Kikoo, Boonie, and other helpers for the most challenging mission yet. The kids have a great time playing with and controlling their new abilities while responding to the sense of urgency required to succeed in the next task.
There are surprises at every turn that keep the children and their mentors on their toes!
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Magical Adventures of Kikoo Series
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