Eli Ashby Healing Arts Center owner Lori Drienka's grandfather was a chiropractor and acupuncturist and her great-grandmother was a licensed midwife. Today, Lori sustains their legacies in the center, where she and a team of health specialists bolster well-being with a bevy of holistic health services, including acupuncture, detoxification treatments, and massage therapy. Among soothing surrounds, expectant and overburdened parents alike can attend natural-childbirth classes or life-coaching sessions. The center also stocks candles, incense, holistic goods including oils and body scrubs, and custom silver and stone jewelry handcrafted by Carly Drienka, so clients can continue to buoy their welfare at home or in a kayak.
Good Needles' licensed acupuncturists Jennie Hammett and Tina Laue value education as much as experience. Both practitioners bring a litany of licenses, accreditations, and experience gained from years of study to their clinic each day. In addition to acupuncture, they specialize in other areas of traditional Chinese medicine such as herbal prescriptions. Although some of their clients initially exhibit trepidation when it comes to acupuncture due to a fear of needles, they relax when they realize they are approximately 1/40th the diameter of a medical hypodermic needle. This means they're thinner than a human hair and thinner still than an old human hair's walking stick. Possible benefits of acupuncture include relief from stress after one visit, but at least four to six treatments may be needed for optimal results.
At Trinity’s Massage and Laser, LLC, staff members have mastered 13 different types of massages, which they use to relieve tension in clients' bodies before it escapes from their mouths in the form of a scream. Skilled hands relieve both stress and backaches, targeting knots and tense muscles with hot-stone massages, shiatsu, and hydrotherapy. Reflexology and craniosacral therapy sessions work with the body’s energy channels to balance systems and induce relaxation. Alternatively, in Vezazz laser-lipo sessions, technicians use powerful beams to reduce waistlines and fat cells lurking underneath the skin.
At Calm Spirit Acupuncture, licensed practitioners expert in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology work to treat conditions ranging from chronic pain to gastrointestinal, psychological, and neurological disorders. After consulting with patients, staff employ traditional treatments ranging from energy-balancing acupuncture to gua sha and cupping therapy used to treat respiratory conditions.
Traditional Chinese medicine is built on the belief that healing begins when the two forces at work within the body settle into equilibrium. The practitioners at Berkeley Community Acupuncture and Massage trust this holistic principle will overcome their modern patients’ afflictions just like it did for those who practiced it before “ouch” was even assigned a petroglyph. Their acupuncture and massage treatments cure pain and disease from the inside out, and whereas acupuncture enlists thin needles to rebalance the flow of energy through the body, massage does the same thing using gentle kneading motions. Clients can combine the techniques or select just one in order to help ease digestive and respiratory disorders or simply diminish the stress of daily life.
Immortal Palace's therapists practice acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine to help patients overcome an array of physical and mental illnesses, from chronic pain and infertility to anxiety and insomnia. Using needles as thin as cats' whiskers, they stimulate different combinations of acupoints to strengthen the flow of chi, or life force, that circulates along the body's energy meridians. The therapists, who specialize in women's health, also oversee a diet program called The Only Nutrition Program You'll Ever Need, which helps participants detoxify their bodies and overcome cravings for sugar.
Dr. Katie Short teaches her patients how healing happens from within. But she does more than talk about it; she demonstrates the body’s ability to recover from a wide range of ailments by performing strictly noninvasive and drug-free techniques. After a thorough consultation and exam, she sets to work stimulating the body’s internal balancing mechanisms with manual spinal adjustments. To round out her services, she works elbow to elbow with licensed acupuncturist Jessie Maxwell. Jessie triggers some of the same healing energies as Dr. Short, but with hair-thin needles instead of adjustments.