Heads, shoulders, knees and toes.

If you find yourself staying at our Seabright vacation rental house for a few days or a week, you might want to consider carving out a little "me time" while you're here and treating yourself to some relaxing therapeutic bodywork and over due pampering.

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Massage has been found to improve circulation, joint range-of-motion and flexibility, improve sleep and reduce many common ailments such as stress, muscle tightness, aches and pains and also anxiety and depression. Massage reduces the heart rate and lowers blood pressure, releases endorphins, eases chronic back/neck/shoulder pain, speeds recovery time from strenuous workouts, improves flexibility, and enhances your immunity by stimulating lymph flow. In short, it's good for you. Plus it's a great way to make some time for yourself, relax, unwind and simply escape for an hour or two.

There are a number of quality local Santa Cruz massage and bodywork providers in the area, but here are a couple of our personal favorites.

Vital Body Therapy. Highly trained therapists in a friendly, professional environment offering a range of services and options to suit a variety of needs and tastes, including Swedish, deep tissue/clinical, warm stone therapy, foot/reflexology and sports massage – all for full 60 and 90 minutes of table time with their massages, They are located nearby (within a five minute drive from Beach Haven at Seabright) in a converted Victorian house with plenty of parking. It has a spa feel without being a spa. That said, there are no showers or changing rooms, so you might want to bring a tote bag or something along with you for your clothes as you will be changing in your treatment room. Lots of positive reviews on Yelp. Check them out and book online 24/7 at www.vitalbodytherapy.com or call (831) 454-8312. 556 Ocean View Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Tracy's Nails. If you just want to get your feet rubbed and nails done, Tracy's is a great place for manicures and pedicures, and you usually don't even need to make an appointment. Great customer service – very experienced, professional and friendly staff. Tracy's has a lot of Yelp Reviews here. Visit www.facebook.com/Tracys-Nails or call (831) 462-2292. 1420 41st Ave, Capitola, CA 95010

If you're looking for more of a traditional spa experience and some extra pampering, there's also Yoso Wellness Spa (831) 247-1987 and Tea House Spa (831) 426-9700 in Santa Cruz, and Caress Day Spa (831) 462-4422 in Capitola. (We have no direct experience with any of these spas, but we've heard good things.)

You're on vacation. Go on, treat yourself – you deserve it. Namaste!

 Vital Massage Therapy, Santa Cruz

Vital Massage Therapy, Santa Cruz

 You can usually get a mani-pedi at Tracy's Nails in Capitola without an appointment.

You can usually get a mani-pedi at Tracy's Nails in Capitola without an appointment.

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