Kevin Allen earned his personal training certification in 1989, but he didn’t stop there. Instead, he layered more expertise and experience onto his resume with every passing year, finally founding Namaste Personal Training to share his wealth of fitness knowledge with as many clients as possible. Now the gym has been named Oakland magazine's best gym in the East Bay in 2012 and 2013, a title Allen and his team of four trainers uphold by addressing patrons’ individual fitness goals in one-on-one personal training sessions, or obliterating bucket loads of calories in group fitness classes. They also tailor introductory fitness courses exclusively to beginners, lowering class size, shortening duration, and eliminating exercises that involve flaming jump ropes.
Certified members of the National Guild of Hypnotists, the husband-and-wife team of James D. and Lynn C. Swearingen have been tapping into patients' subconscious since 2006. The duo delves into clients’ minds to discover causes of anxiety, low self-esteem, and emotional trauma before taking steps toward behavioral change. Their treatments also help guests quit smoking, navigate 12-step counseling, or overcome their fear of taking tests while submerged in a shark tank. During each personalized appointment, the Swearingens train patients in self-hypnosis, which requires a minimum of four 50- to 90-minute sessions to master.
Burrowed inside the California Institute of Integral Studies—on the third floor of the main building—Conscious Café jumpstarts brainpower with fresh, healthy food and fair-trade coffee. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you stop by:
The Well Clinic in San Francisco seeks to treat the whole person, not just ailments. Many times, patients visit several doctors for individual issues, while the Well Clinic seeks an all-inclusive approach. Factors considered in your treatment include your environment, physical health, mental and emotional states, spirituality and social influences. Combining traditional medicine with alternative age-old therapies, Well Clinic combines Pacific Integrated Medicine with Well Therapy Group, offering a complete assessment including psychiatry, acupuncture, couple’s counseling and individual. They are also advocates for diversity, proudly serving LGBTQ individuals or families, those with various spiritual backgrounds and all races.