Nirmala Nataraj

SF Station Writer

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A Photographer’s Life
By Nirmala Nataraj (Feb 21, 2008)
Since Demi Moore graced the cover of [b]Vanity Fair[/b] back in 1991 nude and pregnant, exuding the immaculate, perfectly glossed sex appeal of a Hollywood screen goddess not in spite of but because of her distended belly, Annie Leibovitz has been heralded as the nation’s foremost celebrity photographer. More »
A Whole-Body Tuneup
By Nirmala Nataraj (Feb 08, 2008)
Just so you know, the psoas muscle is that unpronounceable little guy in your body that’s largely responsible for your overall mobility. It’s a barely acknowledged core muscle in your abdomen that is used in close to a hundred percent of all your movements—and you can usually blame it for lower back pain and other achy muscular conditions, given its role in connecting the upper body with the lower body. But of course, San Franciscans who don’t know anatomical minutiae know Psoas as one of the city’s most highly respected massage studios. More »
Leave Before Last Call
By Nirmala Nataraj (Feb 08, 2008)
Let’s face it—the one-person show is typically the refuge of the very interesting or the very narcissistic. And when the person in question happens to be a prime specimen of cinematic and cultural arcana, the scales are almost always tipped in favor of vainglorious tell-alls. “Wishful Drinking” (which might have been more appropriately titled “Carrie Fisher Spills the Beans about Her Life, Willy-Nilly”) is one such example. More »
Quality Treatments without the Downtown Prices
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jan 23, 2008)
By now, many of you have probably heard the scoop on how massage is just one of the wellness methods that’s thought to proffer longevity and that youthful glow to all lucky takers. But getting a quick rubdown at your local chi-chi joint on your lunch break between a glass of wine and cell phone chatter probably won’t shave off the years or do you a world of good. If you’re looking for wellness and restoration first and pampering at a close second, the folks at In-Symmetry are happy to be of service. More »
Valentine’s Day at Home
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jan 08, 2008)
Spa Dee Dah is an Oakland-based at-home spa company that delivers on uber-pampering, while dispensing with all the rules and rituals that can make your typical spa feel more tedious than restful. And if you’re feeling the need for just a wee bit of hedonism, unnecessarily commodious locker rooms can easily be traded in for a simple bolster, massage table and microwaveable moist towels. And who needs a steam room when there’s nothing more hedonistic than a post-treatment nap? More »
Real Massages for Regular People
By Nirmala Nataraj (Dec 25, 2008)
As someone who can boast an intimate relationship with carpel tunnel, I’ll take a real massage over fluffy robes and all-purpose Eastern chanting any day. Not the kind administered by a prissy therapist in some froufy, suited-up day spa, but the [i]real[/i] kind -- complete with a firm, dexterous touch and a keen knowledge of the pretzel forms various muscle groups tend to contort into. More »
Hedonism and Health Wrapped in One
By Nirmala Nataraj (Dec 18, 2008)
If you’re into health and wellness, you probably eat organic, go to yoga three times a week and have a sound meditation practice. If you’re into pampering and pure indulgence, you’re more likely to find yourself lounging on a spa throne and getting a pedicure while sipping red wine and gabbing on your cell phone. Needless to say, creating a balance between hedonism and health seems kind of contradictory, but now both yoga buffs and spa babies can bliss out at Yoga Kula, which offers the best of both worlds. More »
Deliciously Luxurious
By Nirmala Nataraj (Dec 11, 2008)
As winter, with its occasional bouts of sunshine-accompanied merriment and invariable frosty spells, gives way to a lovely Bay Area spring, the transition to toastier weather warrants a little celebration. And what better way to usher in the longer hours of sunlight than a meditative jaunt to the heart of wine country? More »
Tis the Season for Pampering!
By Nirmala Nataraj (Nov 14, 2007)
The holidays are enough of a pain for even the most creative people to succumb to generic gift-giving. This season, you can dispense with gift certificates, ugly sweaters, and even the well-intentioned homemade tchotchkes, and instead, grace your loved ones with hours of decadence and pampering. Here are some ideas for treats that your friends and family definitely won’t want to re-gift. More »
Get Into the Holiday Spirit
By Nirmala Nataraj (Nov 10, 2007)
‘Tis the season for holiday fare, and would Christmas really be complete without paying homage to the god of the dancing nutcracker? The San Francisco Ballet version of "The Nutcracker" is particularly special, since the War Memorial Opera House was the first American venue in which the beloved piece was performed, back in 1944. And to this day, both venue and performance still dazzle. More »
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