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.
At The Human Joint, Doctor of Chiropractic Julie Seymour oversees a one-stop holistic health service whose consortium of practitioners aid clients in their pursuit of natural, all-over wellness. Dr. Seymour adjusts clients of all ages, treating from newborn babies to wizened great-grandparents with gentle, low-force bodywork that realigns spines and recalibrates energy centers. Massage therapist Vivian Masters heals persistent pain with Swedish, trigger-point, body-insight, and deep-tissue massage techniques that focus on strengthening clients' mind-body connection. Other practitioners target inner well-being; hypnosis helps nix smoking addictions, encourage weight loss, and deal with anxiety, and health coaching inspires clients to trade harmful behaviors for new healthy habits.
Potted herbs and blooming flowers surround Apothecary Tinctura's doorway. This flora often mixes into the shop's essential oils, perfumes, teas, and tinctures. Herbalists consult with clients to determine their needs before custom-mixing medicinal blends to treat issues ranging from allergies to thyroid imbalances.
Natural healing methods also come into play in an on-site spa, where practitioners tone skin with Dr. Hauschka facials, work on the body with delicate acupuncture needles, and massage tense muscles. Hypnotherapy and reiki sessions are also available to restore cognitive and energy balances.
Body Mind Energy Center’s 12 alternative health practitioners combine their knowledge and experience in Reiki, massage, CranioSacral therapy, yoga, and acupuncture to help their clients and teach them new ways to find balance. Massage therapists and Reiki practitioners draw on decades of cumulative experience as they customize sessions according to their clients' specific concerns. Workshops focused on spiritual growth, meditation, and Reiki teach students new skills they can use to cultivate a daily peace of mind, help treat loved ones, or realign energy pathways in themselves and others. Beyond the wellness classes, the center’s yoga teachers lead a variety of classes designed to center the mind, alleviate muscle stress, and aide in rehabilitation processes.
At Integrative Health, Inc., more than 25 practitioners—from licensed chiropractors to acupuncturists to massage therapists—specialize in more than 30 total services that span both conventional and alternative medicine. This broad spectrum allows the independent practitioners to form a cooperative network that can offer clients integrated health care for both physical and mental wellness.
For example, chiropractors and massage therapists may work together to help patients overcome chronic pain, or acupuncturists and psychotherapists can combine efforts to help alleviate anxiety about Mayan-calendar predictions. Further services include therapies such as weight loss with the Ideal Protein system, and classes such as yoga and how to shop for ergonomic furniture. Integrative Health’s practitioners are happy to answer prospective clients’ questions during free consultations.
Whole Health Center’s chiropractors, acupuncturists, and certified massage therapists vary in their specialties, but they work toward a common goal—to get clients healthy without the use of drugs or surgery. To achieve this mission, they call upon the body's own healing capabilities using noninvasive techniques such as spinal adjustments, massages, and acupuncture. They demonstrate their commitment to patient health not only by customizing treatment plans after a thorough consultation and exam but by keeping their doors open to walk-ins and appointments seven days a week.