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shopping and services fire instructors: Their goal is to make you discover (and exhaust) muscles you didn’t even know you had. Best Massage Therapist Cedric Johnson Peak Performance Massage, 2511 Garden Road, Building C, Suite 275, Monterey (831) 320-4845, In addition to giving the best massages, Cedric Johnson is a certified drone pilot. Maybe that’s what gives him the ability to get a bird’s-eye view of what he’s working with—in this case, your tired body. He strives to help clients learn body awareness and stress reduction, so the benefits extend beyond your 60 minutes on the massage table. He offers everything from sports massage to deep tissue massage to injury massage, and also esthetician services like waxing. “I approach my sessions to meet the client’s needs and preferences,” he writes. And that’s the guiding spirit that makes a body worker the best. Best Health Club Monterey Sports Center 301 E. Franklin St., Monterey (831) 646-3730, From Zumba to weight lifting, swimming to basketball, the Monterey Sports Center offers a variety of options to exercise and have fun. People of all fitness levels are welcome here, whether training for their next big race or gently stretching on a cushy mat or in a sauna. You can find solitude if you want it, or take a group class (or hire a personal trainer) to help you meet your goals. And if you need a break from all that, consider a quick visit to a feature that is not eligible for the non-existent category of Best Waterslide—you can truly catch some air. Best Acupuncturist Sharon Featherstone 75 Soledad Drive, Monterey (831) 657-9937, Skin looking a little weathered from a long travel with Charley? Sore from baling grain all day? Acupunture— when done delicately and attentively—can help just about anything. Sharon Featherstone is Weekly readers’ choice for whole-body acupuncture treatments, as well as anti-aging and micro-needling procedures. Featherstone offers services for whatever ails you, whether you are seeking to treat chronic diseases, provide pain relief, alleviate stress and emotional problems and to achieve glowing skin. Best Spa Refuge 27300 Rancho San Carlos Road, Carmel (831) 620-7360, Imagine a place where cell phones don’t exist. OK, easy in Steinbeck’s day. How about a place where one is also encouraged to find a zero-gravity chair and read a book in the afternoon quiet between cold plunges, steam rooms, dry saunas and hot tubs. Sound relaxing? That’s what’s on the schedule for you at Refuge in Carmel Valley. Book a massage to complete the experience and remember to stay hydrated. 70 BEST OF MONTEREY COUNTY® 2023 Tenant Ad Space 4.5" w X 4.125" h ’23 ’19 ’20 ’22 ’18 ’17 ’16 BEST OF MONTEREY COUNTY THANK YOU FOR VOTING US #1 PET GROOMER AGAIN! AS A THANK YOU, BRING THIS AD IN FOR A 15% DISCOUNT – EXPIRES 11/30/23 ’21 831-233-3263 1730 The Mall | Seaside ’23 thank you for voting us best tire shop! Mention the Best of for $10 Off any service! *offer valid for 30 days starting 9/28/2023