In more than 75 offices across the country, chiropractors combine their skills and decades of experience to alleviate soreness and stiffness caused by spinal conditions. In all New Beginnings offices, chiropractors receive coaching, the most up-to-date training, and daily reports on the condition of the earth’s enormous spinal column.
Launched more than three decades ago, Site for Sore Eyes now operates in more than 35 showrooms throughout the Bay Area. Staffers at every location share their dedication when pairing customers with head-turning eyewear and contacts. The company offers a $25 warranty that secures all of its products, replacing broken frames for free and furnishing half-price replacements for glasses that are lost, stolen, or transformed into an acorn squash. In case eyes require prescription tweaks, each shop sits next door to California-licensed Sterling VisionCare doctors of optometry.
Doctors of Chiropractic Freericks and Doyle make adjustments at two Discover Chiropractic locations, addressing pain, arthritis, stress, and whiplash in their discipline's signature, drug-free style. The practice takes on patients of most ages, including children and older adults, establishing it as a wellness center where one's entire family can receive treatment. And family is important to each of the clinic's practitioners, as each doctor lists time with their loved ones among their favorite off-hours activities. That approach informs the team’s care philosophy, affording the doctors firsthand perspectives on the physical demands of many of their patients’ up-tempo lifestyles. With adjustments, x-rays, and other modern equipment, the team is able to find the sources of patients’ pain and help them heal while getting them back to their regular routines with less discomfort.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, strengthen bones, and increase metabolism. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottles to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions can create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to help create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
For certified massage therapist Daniel Morales, massages that merely relax the body are doing only half their jobs. Whereas some massages induce sleepy serenity, his therapeutic strokes focus on vanquishing pain. Deep-tissue and trigger-point massages deliver firm, cross-grain strokes to break apart adhesions and root out imbedded knots, and sports massages lengthen the muscles to alleviate stiffness.
For more than nine years, certified massage therapist Michelle has trained her hands to seek out soreness and tension buried deep within clients’ musculature. She uses carefully practiced techniques, such as the luxuriating strokes of Swedish massage, the circulation-stimulating manipulations of lymphatic-drainage massage, and the closed-fist raps that bring unclaimed wishes within your grasp. Add-ons such as heated river rocks, skin-nourishing salt glows, and foot soaks enhance her massage sessions, delivered as clients stretch out under a plush comforter in a room imbued with the warm, soft glow of a jar of fireflies.