When Michelle Paris moved from Ohio to San Francisco, it was like entering a new world. A student of both opera and business, she saw the move as a chance to break out of her comfort zone. There, according to her website, she "hugged a tree and bought granola . . . and went to visit a chiropractor." Four visits later, her chronic migraines were gone. When it dawned on her that it had been months since she'd taken the pain-relief pills she was so accustomed to swallowing, she decided to go to medical school.
While volunteering at a hospital, Michelle noticed that prescription drugs were thrown at nearly every ailment, but she didn't want to foist drugs on people if there was another, more natural solution. So she enrolled at Life Chiropractic College West, where she graduated at the top of her class. Since then, this doctor of chiropractic has not only helped more than 3,500 patients back to healthy lifestyles, she's also stayed abreast of the latest healing techniques. For instance, she's become certified in the Graston technique?a method of rehabilitation that helps soft tissue heal after injuries caused by traumatic accidents or time spent operating a rickshaw for sumo wrestlers.
The staff at Active Life Health and Wellness specializes in correcting postural misalignments and relieving chronic aches. During the 15-minute hydro massage, patients lay atop a mechanical hydration bed as focused streams of water coddle their bone sheaths as gently as a tap-dancing kitten. After the relaxing water-based bodywork, one of two in-house doctors performs a thorough examination of clients' bodies to analyze spinal, orthopedic, and neurological health. The 30- to 45-minute consultation scours towers of vertebrae for factors that may be contributing to continual stress and pain, such as spinal irregularities or the fiery eye of Sauron.
Hair and nails-that's what The Haircut Place and Nail Studio is all about. By focusing in on these two types of services, their team commits completely to the task at hand without being distracted by having to perform lots of disparate treatments. Hair can be cut, conditioned, highlighted, and colored. Manicurists varnish nails with gel polishes and lavish clients with hot-stone pedicures and paraffin manicures that leave hands feeling soft and smooth like the fins of a dolphin they are named after.
More than 25 breads, made from fresh, natural wheat flour, fill the racks at House of Bread, ready to be toted home and eaten, or sliced for the bakery's hearty sandwiches. The stone-milled flour combines with honey, which serves as a natural sweetener, and natural ingredients to create mouth-watering loaves of challah, raspberry swirl, gluten-free rice bread, and over 20 others. A rotating schedule of breads, muffins, and scones keeps the menu as fresh as the pastries.
Since 2007, Cupcakeology has been working to keep America's miniaturized-dessert technology one step ahead of our enemies. Founded by a mother-daughter duo, the sweet shop continues to push the physical limits of flavor and satisfaction, eschewing pre-made, preservative-laced mixes in favor of fresh ingredients. Taste the figurative fruits of this labor with a dozen cupcakes from Cupcakeology’s rotating menu of flavors, such as the Bit 'o Bubbly with champagne buttercream, the caramel apple topped with chopped walnuts, the cocoa-powdered tiramisu, and of course, the red-chili chocolate (huevos rancheros cupcakes remain a theoretical technology). Flavors are offered on a daily basis, so check the bakery's schedule beforehand to see which flavors will be available to you.
A women's fitness spa offering a variety of cardio & weight equipment, personal training, zumba, cardio kick boxing, facial & massage treatments, far infrared dry sauna, whole body vibration technology, and teeth whitening service.