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The facility is a 150 yr old registered Historic Victorian building called the Hatfield House in beautiful downtown Nevada City, CA. Local art & handcrafted creations fill the boutique w/beauty & love!  The building is surrounded by beautiful flowers, trees & shrubs. The is no parking lot.  Only street parking is available directly around the building, however, there is a parking lot 1 block up the hill on Main Street & many parking lots available in downtown Nevada City! There was an upgrade added to the driveway, so at times there is 1 parking spot available. An Airbnb is also a new addition & a 10% discount on spa services is available for guests who rent the Airbnb.

My career has led me to have worked on thousands of bodies as well as had the pleasure of working w/people like Steve Miller, Aaron Lewis, Gary Cole, Miguel Ferrer, Jared Leto, Shannon Leto, Stephen Perkins, Jeff Ketih,  Andrew Jones, Shanghai Kate Hellenbrand, & many professional athletes, bands, musicians, dj's, & artists! I offer a ton of modalities & specialize in deep tissue, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, reflexology, stretch integration, therapeutic, pregnancy massage, swedish, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, polarity, sports massage, & animal spirit medicine readings.   I make my own organic body scrubs, offer detox wraps, facials, skin treatments, ear candling, cellulite treatments & body masques. Aromatherapy is a necessary attribute to this work & I use the best essential oils that are available! I'm a cut/color specialist as well as an expert waxer! Massage is the basis to all services I offer.  It is my passion & I am SO very grateful for all the beautiful bodies of light that I have been able to encounter throughout my career! 

Body Essence 1st location began in Jackson, Wyoming in 2000 & was open for 10 years before closing down to move to California. In 2014 the spa reopened in a beautiful historic Victorian downtown Nevada City, CA. 

I offer a wide range of  body, skin, hair & services in Nevada City to help you feel & look fabulous!  Massage Therapy Services Include:  Swedish, Therapeutic, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Reflexology, Prenatal, Aromatherpy, & Stretch Integration.  My Skin Care Services Include Facials & Waxing,  I use organic & ammonia-free hair color & offer a variety of hair services such as cut/color & special occasion styles.  Organic & chemical free as possible is my mission!  Better for your body & better for our earth! Love your's your temple!  

Get to Know Me Massage Therapy Services in Nevada City Using Organic Skin & Hair Care

Darby Palmer


Licensed MT



What I Do

I've been a musician my entire life & thoroughly enjoy the industry!  Performance art, fire dancing, hooping, roller skating, snowboarding, cross country skiing, hiking, biking, cooking, crafting, traveling & festivals have played a major role in my life.  Peace Love Happiness is my motto! Love your's your temple!
My mission is to continue working hard & spreading love all over the universe.  Educating myself & others along the way & never losing faith in the world, people, places, things & ideas.  Helping people & animals feel better & look brighter fills my heart with joy!  I am so grateful for all the experiences & amazing friends, family, clients & animals that have supported me through my practice & Body Essence! Thank You! -Darby Palmer 

I was born & raised in Worland, Wyoming & grew up in a house my Grandfather built. I took piano lessons from the same lady my mom had when she was young, enjoyed our family cabin in The Big Horn Mountains & spent a lot of quality time w/family, animals & nature. My father grew up in California where I spent time visiting family, palm trees, the ocean & falling in love with California each visit.  My name Darby is a family name that has been traced back almost 400 years in my family & it literally means Free Man.  I like to think of it in terms of Free Wo-Man & will continue to honor the spirit & essence of it & live it in the name of freedom & love!  My first fascination w/the body & it's anatomy began at age 4 when helping my dad skin deer & birds & having just about every kind of wild game in our freezer. My career started as an Athletic Trainer in High School & then attending Crystal Mountain Apprenticeship in the Healing Arts in Albuquerque, NM in 1997. In 2002 I attended The Academy of Cosmetology in Bozeman, MT & then finished my training at The Vogue Beauty School in Idaho Falls, ID in 2003.  I spent 10 years in Jackson, Wyoming where I owned a Day Spa, Salon and Boutique called Body Essence. I closed the Jackson location down in 2009 & moved to San Francisco.  Then, reopened Body Essence in 2014 in beautiful downtown Nevada City, CA. 

"I am so excited that Body Essence has an actual new physical space in Nevada City! Darby and Body Essence are my go to place for Massage. She has quite a following for massage and for good reason. I know she is now offering other services like hair cut and style and waxing as well. Definitely check out Body Essence! " -Jami Krueger

"My boyfriend and I decided to escape up to Nevada City for a few nights and we were so happy we decided to go! What a cute little place. We stumbled on Body Essence and we got the best massages. We each did a 1 hour and it was awesome. We will absolutely be back! Thank you Darby, we feel so good!" -Kelsey Hanson

"​Darby is amazing! She is a true healer. Not only does she give you personal focus on improving ones health, she shares knowledge to help you take care of yourself in your daily life. She is real gift to anyone who experiences her treatments." -Dennis Shephard​​​

"Darby is my absolute FAVORITE massage therapist. I am always transformed after a session with her, emotionally and physically. I highly recommend her for body work as well as far the BEST!" -Tammi Wright

"Amazing services!! Loving and relaxing atmosphere, had such a wonderful time and learned some great techniques to help my body. Thank you Darby!!!" -Miranda Rivers