Over the course of three months, I lost 22 pounds and lost 5 inches in my waist.
CORE MASSAGE and THERAPEUTIC BODYWORK Program
"The physician must be experienced in many things, but assuredly in rubbing."
-Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine
Experience the blissful relaxation and health benefits of a CORE Massage or the valuable healing power of CORE Fusion Therapeutic Bodywork. Our three tiers of certified massage therapists specialize in various modalities from the ancient to the cutting edge. Whether you would like to recover from exercise, stress, injury or a bad day or just treat yourself to an intoxicating experience, CORE Massage therapy or CORE Fusion Therapeutic bodywork will revitalize you mentally and heal you physically.Therapeutic massage at CORE will work the superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques, to enhance function, aid in the healing process, and promote relaxation and well-being
" I would like to take the time to tell you how valuable Santa Cruz Core has been to me. Since I have found them and Jay, my now only personal massage therapist, they have helped me tremendously with work related issues and are currently helping me come off a sports related injury. In my opinion, Jay is the best of the best. His insight, experience, and knowledge of the human body are of immeasurable value. Jay has helped my hands and arms through deep tissue massage and is currently helping me regain mobility in my shoulder from a sports related injury. I look forward every time to my appointment with Jay."
Thanks you Jay and Santa Cruz Core!"
-E. Lee Williams, D.M.D.
" I've received hundreds of professional massages, and Jay's work is some of the best I've experienced. He's very attentive to my specific needs, he really knows the body and has an amazing skill set to provide deep, profound bodywork, yet make it feel good and relaxing at the same time. Besides bringing genuine compassion to his work, Jay is above and beyond most body workers in knowledge and skill to keep you moving and feeling good"
Santa Cruz CORE Fitness + Rehab Massage Services:
We Offer :
90 minute &
120 minute professional massage sessions.
Each massage session allows for a brief consultation and table time. The practitioner greets you and asks a few questions to best determine the treatment plan for your appointment that day. If you have never been to our facility before you are eligible to receive a comprehensive Wellness Consultation with one of our practitioners. The consultation is usually before your treatment or can be completely independent and scheduled separately. It is approximately 30 minutes in length.
What modalities of massage does Santa Cruz CORE offer?
CORE Massage- All massage therapists at Santa Cruz CORE Fitness + Rehab are trained to perform the CORE massage. It is a massage designed to reduce stress and promote relaxation. CORE massage employs a combination of Classic massage and traditional Swedish strokes and techniques, using light to firm pressure to affect the superficial tissues of the body.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
In deep tissue massage the therapist does not use oil or cream as in a Swedish massage, but instead will use a stickier substance such as beeswax so that hooking into the fascia is facilitated. The therapist doesn’t just glide over the muscle but rather anchors into it. The therapist will move very slowly, working at an oblique angle to stretch the fascia and connective tissues. This often can feel like a quite intense burning sensation. Fists, knuckles, and elbows are used to work firmly into the muscle. In deep tissue work there is great potential for more lasting change and healing of injuries.
More upbeat & vigorous focusing on recovery from tissue fatigue & increasing ease of movement and range of movement w/stretching & some specific Deep Tissue work
TRIGGER POINT THERAPY MASSAGE
Helps to relieve muscle tension and musculoskeletal pain due to hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle presenting itself as palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. The pain felt is usually referred to a different area in the body than the area where the “knot” or “nodule” resides.
INJURY REHAB MASSAGE
Orthopedic massage w/focus on rehabbing from common injury, musculoskeletal trauma, pre/post op.
Focuses on re-structuring and re-patterning the musculoskeletal system to achieve balance & optimum efficiency in mobility & stability
MYOFASCIAL RELEASE MASSAGE
Slow massage strokes used to release adhesions & restrictions between the muscle & fascia tissues of the body. Helps to reduce pain & increase range of motion
SCAR TISSUE THERAPY MASSAGE
Some techniques used for the reduction and removal of Scar Tissue are Heat Application, Lubrication of the scar, Manual Lymph Drainage, Myofascial Release, Cross Fiber Friction, Stretching, 2. Scar Tissue Therapy w/Cold Laser: The goal of laser therapy is to deliver light energy units from infrared laser radiation, called photons, to damaged cells. The photons absorbed by the cells through laser therapy stimulate the mitochondria to accelerate production of ATP. This biochemical increase in cell energy is used to transform live cells from a state of illness to a stable, healthy state.
THERAPEUTIC REFLEXOLOGY: FEET, HANDS + SCALP MASSAGE.
Therapeutic Reflexology applies pressure to specific points on the feet, hands and scalp to influence the health of corresponding parts of the body. "Pressure sensors" on the hands and feet particularly connect with different parts of the body, and as reflexology techniques stimulate these sensors, waves of relaxation are sent throughout the body to aid health, encourage relaxation, prevent disease, reduce stress and improve quality of life.
SPA & SPECIAL NEEDS MASSAGE
Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of essential oils from plants for the improvement of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Applied to the skin directly or mixed in a carrier oil. Can also be used in a compress or can be diffused into the air. The odors from the oils can produce specific effects on human neuropsychological and autonomic function and can influence mood, perceived health, arousal, and have therapeutic applications in the context of stressful and adverse psychological conditions.
CMT’s have received training beyond the national standards for massage therapists and know how to address specific pregnancy needs and sensitive areas of the body. Prenatal Massage addresses different needs through varying techniques with aims to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to the muscle groups of the body.. Benefits of prenatal massage include Hormone regulation, Reduction of swelling, Improvement of nerve pain, Reduced back pain, Reduced joint pain, Improved circulation, Reduced edema, Reduced muscle tension and headaches, Reduced stress and anxiety, Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles, Better sleep
Shiatsu is Japanese for "finger pressure"; it is a type of alternative medicine, Massage, consisting of finger and palm pressure, stretches, and other massage techniques. It as a way to help people relax and cope with issues such as stress, muscle pain, nausea, anxiety, and depression. Shiatsu is usually performed on a futon mat, with clients fully clothed but there are adaptations for performing Shiatsu on a massage table.
Shiatsu massage is based on traditional Chinese medicine. Acupressure is used to open the flow of energy along the meridians to promote healthy balance in the body. This can help ease a variety of physical and emotion ailments while affecting deep relaxation. The meridians also tend to run along major muscle groups so it is great for relieving general tension or soreness.
Thai massage is a type of massage in Thai style that involves stretching and deep massage. This form of bodywork is usually performed on the floor, and the client wears comfortable clothes that allow for movement. No oils are used in Thai massage. There are adaptations for performing Thai massage on a massage table. A Thai massage session typically lasts 1 ½ to 2hours long but can be adapted to the one hour massage format, and includes rhythmic pressure, pressing and stretching of the entire body; The practitioner utilizes finger palm, forearm, elbow, knee, feet, and head pressure to perform the massage…
The CORE Tier system:
The unique CORE 3 Tiered system allows our clients to experience the pleasure of one of the many massage modalities we offer such as the sweeping and relaxing gestures of a pure Swedish massage, the rehabilitative function of Thai bodywork, or the healing power of a deep tissue treatment, yet, for those wanting the personal experience of our Fusion Therapeutic Bodywork, we offer two more tiers of therapists with certifications in multiple modalities and who are enrolled in the Santa Cruz CORE Massage continuing education program. A CORE Fusion Massage is unique to each therapist and is determined by the depth of their training and wisdom accrued by their professional experience and education. Only at Santa Cruz CORE will you find the truly integrative power of massage in a CORE Fusion Massage.
Our Tier System : Who should I see?
Core Massage Therapist (CMT) $15 Specialty Upgrade
At least 450 hours of accredited massage therapy instruction or California CMT
Trained in and has passed CORE evaluation in at least 3 specialties (Must include at least one from the following)
Deep Tissue Series, Asian Bodywork, Spa massage
Trained Level 1 CORE Deep Tissue/Sports Massage (or equivalent)
CORE Master Massage Therapist $25 Master Fusion Upgrade
At least 900 hours of accredited massage therapy instruction
Trained in and has passed CORE evaluation in at least 3 specialties (Must include at least three from the following)
Deep Tissue Series, Asian Bodywork, Spa massage
Trained at Level 2 CORE Deep Tissue/Sports Massage (or equivalent)
Mentor massage practitioners and can perform Consults
CORE Elite Massage Therapist (CEMT) - $35 Elite Fusion Upgrade
At least 1500 hours of accredited massage therapy instruction
OR 10+ years in practice & California CMT & National Certification
Trained in and has passed CORE evaluation in at least 5 specialties (Must include at least three from the following)
Deep Tissue Series, Asian Bodywork, Spa massage
Trained at Level 3 CORE Deep Tissue & Athletic & Injury/Rehab bodywork therapies
ADVANCED soft tissue therapies and techniques
Educator mentor and can perform consults, evaluations, and assessments.
All Massage Practitioners at CORE undergo continuing education with the intention of expanding their knowledge and s
kill base so that they can continue to provide the most up to date care for clients with a variety of needs and ailments
Meet Our Massage Therapists:
Jay Negron began his training in bodywork therapies in 2000, at the New York Open Center, where he studied Swedish and Shiatsu massage, Yoga, and earned an Associate Polarity Practitioner certification. In 2003, he became certified as a Teacher of Interdisciplinary Yoga at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies and a few years later achieved his certification as Professional Massage Therapist through the Utah College of Massage Therapy family of schools. His specialties include Injury/Rehab, Sports, Swedish and Deep Tissue massage along with Trigger Point therapy and Structural Bodywork. His additional training in Thai massage has offered him the opportunity to explore the connection between strength, flexibility, and soft tissue healing from a dynamic perspective. Jay actively continues his education in therapeutic bodywork and is Director of the Wellness Department at Santa Cruz CORE Fitness and Rehab.
April combines a wide variety of massage modalities to create a perfect balance between relaxation and therapeutic benefit to each client. She is a Certified Massage Therapist and Health Educator and a graduate of the National Holistic Institute, College of Massage Therapy. Her training includes Swedish, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue and Myofascial Therapies, as well as bringing in a variety of techniques from modalities such as Thai, Acupressure, Energy work and Reflexology. She works with her clients to provide a balanced, thoughtful, and enjoyable massage experience, while providing pain relief, flexibility and relaxation of the body, mind and spirit
Karen Hatmaker core massage therapist
Karen Hatmaker State Certified Massage Therapist, Reiki Master/Teacher, Holistic Practitioner—Karen has been doing bodywork for over 15 years. She is a State Certified Massage Therapist, a Reiki Master/Teacher and Holistic Practitioner. Karen began her studies in 1997 with Vibrational Kinesiology and Reiki, becoming a Reiki Master/Teacher that same year. Shortly thereafter Karen started co-facilitating Reiki shares and teaching classes. In 2005 she began studying to be a Practitioner of Higher Consciousness and in 2008 started her training in CranialSacral Therapy.
In 2009 she decided to increase her skill set, graduating from Milan Institute as a Certified Massage Therapist. This greatly expanded her modalities to include Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Sports, Prenatal massages and Body wraps.
Karen’s philosophy is to nurture the body into relaxation, thus restoring balance and harmony, detoxifying the body, increasing vitality and achieving greater Range of Motion and flexibility. She offers a unique, integrative, therapeutic treatment.
In Karen’s free time you can find her in nature, taking hikes and exploring, doing yoga, dancing or creating a healthy meal for her family and friends to enjoy. She lives in Santa Cruz with her beautiful daughter.
George Davison: Nationally Certified since 2001
Shiatsu, Swedish & Deep Tissue
Sports Massage, Injury Recovery, Myofascial Release
Chi Gong & Trigger Point Therapy
With a diverse background that extends over a period of 15 years,George Davison is a highly skilled massage therapist who specializesin sports massage and injury recovery. George received his first massage chair as a gift in 1997 and started out by working with family & friends. He completed a 600-hour national certification program at the American Institute of Massage Therapy in 2001 and has obtained another 600 hours of secondary education credits from various schools over the years. He has been practicing massage full time ever since and has over 10,000 hours of hands on experience with a high level of success in getting others out of pain. He has worked in Spas, Fitnessclubs, Physical Therapy & Chiropractic offices, and brings a positive professional attitude every time. George’s massage style has always been about finding balance in the body and educating clients on proper movement and body mechanics. His love for sports has driven him to find new ways to heal self and others so that they may continue to enjoy the activities that they love the most. He uses a combination of different modalities including Light to Deep Tissue Swedish, Shiatsu, Trigger PointTherapy, Reflexology, Myofascial Release, and Trager to find what works best for each individual.
Our Massage Membership:
Santa Cruz CORE Basic Massage Membership is our best deal for massage. There are other great perks to becoming a monthly massage member. Two free group classes a month: Pilates or yoga included. %10 off all supplements and products here at CORE. You may cancel your membership at any time and buy as many massages at the discounted price as you wish every month.
There is NO MONTHLY FEE!
That’s right you only pay for the one or more massages you receive at CORE each month with no hidden charges. This is our lowest rate for massage and the best rate in town for the caliber of massage therapy offered.
You are welcome to purchase as many massages as you would like a month at your member rate as well as share your membership with a friend or family member.
Our massage membership locks you into our lowest rate and guarantees this rate will not go up even if CORE massage therapy prices change
The membership is Month To Month – feel free to stop your membership at any time- pleas give us 30 days notice
-2 free Group Classes a Month Including:
Pranayama and Vinyasa Yoga
Get on the Ball
Beach Boot camp
-10 % off ALL our retail products including:
Nordic Naturals Supplementation
Vega Protein Shakes and Bars
Pure Encapsulations Premium Supplements
Foam Rolling Self Massage Systems
"I learned so much at the nutrition classes and got a wonderful massage. Plus all the group classes are a blast. If you want to lose weight and have fun go here." - Alex S.
"Great Place!! Samantha is a fantastic massage therapist and you have a great facility. I'm looking forward to my next massage and starting up the group classes!" - Alex
"Excellent Massage! Jay is very attentive, skilled, and knowledgeable. I appreciate that he seems to truly want to focus on the areas in which I need improvement." - Linnea
"Thanks! Indeed I enjoyed my massage. I thought my therapist exceptionally talented. All was very professional and I left relaxed and happy. Thank you for the special Groupon offer." - Danielle
"I really enjoyed my massage Thanks I want to come back." - Brad
"My massages with Samantha have been great. My piriformis problem is almost gone. I thought I would wait a little before my next massage to see if it comes back. Thanks so much Core!" - Jane
"Best Massages in Santa Cruz Sunday's massage was the best since my last one! Every time I have one I think it can't be as good next time. I have absolutely nothing to complain about other that I can't afford a daily massage. Thank you Santa Cruz Core!" - Jim
"My massage was awesome. Perfect. Very professional. She really knows her stuff. I like the studio. Thomas was great with a positive attitude. After training I felt energized! The office staff was very cheerful and responsive." - Tara
"My session with Jay was great. He was knowledgeable and professional and very strong. Before the session Jay and I discussed my injury and surgery. I think Jay is going to be a key in my recovery process." - Patricia
"I was very impressed with Jay's knowledge of the human body, related to his work." - John McC
"It was a great massage and a great experience all the way around. I felt rejuvenated after my massage. It was so good I booked another one! I'm glad a have a place in Santa Cruz where I can go for a killer massage. Thanks!!" - Mindy Arndt
"Jay was great. He is really helping me recover from my shoulder surgery. His work has helped me improve my range of motion. He pays close attention to what I tell him. He's very knowledgeable and professional." - Patty
"I recently completed the 2010 Honolulu Marathon! So with the help of Jay, Dr. Jay as well as Tobin and Diana my goal was reached. More goals to come...!" - Stan Shepard
"One of the best massages I've ever had. She maintains a lovely and serene (and warm) office space, conducts herself with great professionalism (easy scheduling, no personal drama during the massage), and gives one of the most wonderful and effective massages that I've ever had the pleasure of receiving." - Julia R.
"Jay excels at his craft and pays attention to how I am responding both physically and verbally." - Kim Graff
"Overall, I think Tamara is amazing. She is my favorite massage therapist ever. She gives a great massage and is such a delightful person." - Drew Freeman
"I loved my massage and thought Laura was wonderful. I have already referred her to someone else. I found her to be very attentive and give me a lot of genuine care." - Danielle Gillett
"Jay Negron has been helping me with body work and Justin McLeod with chiropractic care. I keep coming back because it’s working! Before coming to Core I was on prescription narcotic pain killers and experienced excruciating pain just trying to tie my shoes. After about a month of Core visits I’m off the pain killers, and tying my shoes! I’m glad I tried Core!" - Michael Fahey
"I enjoyed my massage with Shauna very much. I can never quite tell how a session went until the next day. This morning I felt refreshed and much more relaxed. Perfect."
"Overall Great! Jay has been awesome. Overall excellent work. I'm very pleased. Thanks!"
"Jay excels at his craft and pays attention to how I am responding both physically and verbally. I also appreciate his suggestions for things I can work on at home and his follow up after a session or when I've been gone for a while."
"I purchased a Groupon for a shiatsu massage. Never had shiatsu before and it was AWESOME! Samantha was so sweet and no achy muscle or knot remained in my body when I walked out of there."
"I had been going to a message therapist for 5 plus years and felt it was time to move on to someone else and I am so glad I did. Tamara is the best of the best! She has helped my lower back and my whole sense of being. If you want deep tissue work she is the ONE… she has great energy!"
Timeliness, friendly and professional. Christine Sifre has excellent hands!!!!!!!!
July 30, 2012
My massage was wonderful ...thank you so much
July 10, 2012
Massage and masseuse were great!
July 03, 2012
It was 1 great massage
One of the best massages ever in my life.
January 08, 2012
Friendly, helpful, non-pushy staff, which was greatly appreciated. They told me about their other services, but I did not at all feel pressured to buy anything else (though I did!) My massage was amazing! I'm so glad I bought the 3 massage coupon instead of 1! Can't wait to go back.
January 01, 2012