Whether your goal is stress reduction, relaxation, rejuvenation, or healing, a massage can be a wonderful part of your Sonoma Wine Country experience.
Spas and resorts in Sonoma County offer a wide selection of therapeutic massage treatments, from Swedish to shiatsu to reflexology, and more.
Here is a quick list of some of the massage treatment styles that are available:
Aromatherapy: Therapeutic massage combined with fragrant oils for added health benefits.
Deep Tissue: To release tension, the massage therapist will use knuckles, forearms, and elbows to lengthen and deeply work the muscles.
Lymphatic: A rhythmic massage and stimulation of pressure points that works on the lymphatic system and is said to strengthen the immune system.
Reflexology: This massage is thought to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal itself by applying pressure on certain key areas of the feet or hands.
Reiki: A gentle hands-on healing technique said to balance the body’s energy on a physical and emotional level, to reduce stress and stimulate healing.
Russian: An invigorating massage that energizes the system with a variety of strokes across the muscle and rolling the muscles.
Shiatsu: A Japanese-style finger-pressure massage used to stretch and open energy points in the body and reduce stress. Shiatsu massages are usually done while you are fully clothed; wearing loose clothing is advised.
Somatics: With resistance and compression, the massage therapist reprograms the messages to the muscles to get them to function better.
Sports: An active, full-body massage for professional and amateur athletes that specifically works on the muscle groups that get the most stress.
Therapeutic or Swedish: A soothing full-body massage that stimulates circulation and reduces stress and muscle tension.
Zero Balancing: Using a gentle lifting of the legs and other body movements, the massage therapist realigns the body. Usually done while you are fully clothed; wearing loose clothing is advised.
Just as there are many treatment styles to choose from, there is a wide variety of spas and massage centers countywide. As a sampling, here are a few of the options in the Sonoma Valley, in eastern Sonoma County:
Blush, A Day Spa, Sonoma
This intimate retreat on the edge of downtown Sonoma is a tranquil oasis offering a sophisticated and healing approach to optimal beauty and wellness. Directed by international skin care expert Dolores de Alba, the spa specializes in facial and body treatments designed to balance spirit along with the body, and also give you take-home knowledge of skin care regimes you can continue on your own. If an entire afternoon or a day won’t fit your schedule, in as little as an hour, you can enjoy a petite facial, a power cleanse/power nap/power glow treatment, or a green tea and mint foot scrub sure to put new spring in your step.
561 Broadway, Suite C, Sonoma, 707-935-0116
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn Spa, Sonoma
This beautifully designed spa was recently rated as one of the Top 25 Spas by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Indulge in luxurious spa treatments in a historic resort setting, with elegant amenities designed to promote health, relaxation, and rejuvenation. The elegant Spanish Mission-style inn is located on top of an ancient thermal mineral spring, flowing from 1,100 feet below and historically revered by Native Americans for its healing power. The 40,000-square-foot spa offers opportunities to relax by the inviting fireplace, to soak in mineral baths and pool (see photo), or or to indulge in signature treatments.
100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma, 707-938-9000
Gaige House, A Four Sisters Inn, Glen Ellen
Providing the intimacy of a bed-and-breakfast but offering the amenities of a luxury resort, this small boutique inn brims with high style and top-notch service, making it one of Wine Country’s most spectacular destinations. Start by relaxing poolside or in a hammock overlooking Calabazas Creek, then move on to utter bliss with treatments in the spa loft. For the most luxurious retreat, reserve a Zen suite or even get a massage in the gardens or by the creek. The eight new Japanese-style spa Zen suites are inspired by the ancient inns of Kyoto, complete with granite soaking tubs for two, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass walls and private bamboo gardens.
13540 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, 707-935-0237.
Kenwood Inn and Spa, Kenwood
Named one of the top three resort spas nationwide in a Conde Nast Traveler readers' poll, the Kenwood Inn & and Spa blends full spa services with the allure of a Mediterranean villa, plus walkways that meander from courtyard to terrace, and from patio to spa, to create a sense of true relaxation and escape. Choose from traditional massage styles or a series of unique treatments using customized wine-based methods to rejuvenate your face, soothe your body, and relax your mind.
10400 Sonoma Highway 12, Kenwood, 707-833-1293
Magical Massage, Glen Ellen
For a massage experience that is quintessentially Wine Country, get a massage inside a 22-foot wine barrel (see photo). As soon as you enter into Magical Massage's wine barrel with its round cedar walls, skylight, and elegant decor, you will be ready for a taste of Wine Country nurturing at its best. “Barrel Tasting” here takes on a whole new meaning: This signature treatment shows off all Magical Massage has to offer — massage, hot stones, exfoliating foot scrub, organic facial treatment, and aromatherapy.
14300 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, 707-225-2671
And here's a quick overview of a just a few of the other options countywide:
Kit Lofroos Massage Therapy is a mobile service using trigger-points, myofascial stretching, carnio-sacral, Swedish, and shiatsu techniques.
Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary is the only US day spa that offers the cedar enzyme bath, a rejuvenating Japanese heat treatment. Tucked away along the scenic Bohemian Highway in western Sonoma County, this spa offers organic facials and skin care, and the opportunity to relax in its meditation garden, sipping its exclusive blend of organic herbal tea.
Rejuvance Skin Care & Massage in Santa Rosa provides deep tissue massage, reiki, prenatal massage, and skin care.
Samgse Massage is a mobile service offering traditional massage, body therapy, skin care, and more, including a mobile yoga instructor and therapist.
Sonoma Coast Villa and Spa provides a full range of spa treatments in a luxurious coastal setting. Services include couple, full body, hot rock, sports, and aromatherapy massage, as well as hand, foot, and head reflexology; rejuvenating face treatments; and a multitude of treatment and lodging packages.
Soulstice Spa in Santa Rosa offers deep tissue, sports, Swedish, prenatal, trigger point, and hot stone massage therapy, as well as reiki, shiatsu, and body care.
To see even more massage possibilities and details, check out the complete list of Sonoma County Spas and Wellness Salons.