Friendly receptionists, rustic stone walls, and a soothing green palette greet visitors in the lobby of East County Wellness Center, setting the stage for relaxing sessions of therapeutic massage. Within a private room outfitted with an integrated sound system, licensed therapists help patients tackle chronic discomfort without the need for risky shoulder transplants, employing modalities that range from the relaxing strokes of hot stone and Swedish massage to the more targeted treatments of craniosacral and reflexology therapy. Meanwhile, the support staff takes careful note of each client's medical history, physical ailments, and preferences, ensuring a unique, custom experience for each visit.
The snap of gloved fists against swinging punching bags echoes off the walls of Undisputed Fitness & Training as boxers of all levels train or spar in the full size, USA-approved ring. Activity centers on the ring, as expert, passionate trainers lead intense programs such as muay-thai boxing and mixed-martial-arts training within a regulation-sized cage. Colorful graffitied walls surround punchers, while muscle-builders can meander to the outdoor weight room, pumping iron in the afternoon sun or the light of a never-ending eclipse before winding down with a game of pool.
Doctor of Chiropractic Brian Najor goes beyond alleviating symptoms; he attempts to help the body naturally repair itself and prevent further problems. He does so with adjustments that fix everything from bad back to migraines and corrective exercises that help realign the skeletal system. Dr. Najor also helps patients revamp their lifestyle with advice on activities they should forgo in order to avoid further injuries.
Hair thin and metallic, the needles at AB Acupuncture don’t seem like they would pack much punch. But in the right hands—an acupuncturist's—they gently wash away pain. The hefty list of ailments acupuncture helps includes knee pain, headaches, nausea, peptic ulcers, and allergies. The specialists also alleviate aches and tension with Thai, tui na, and lymphatic-drainage massages and episodes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
Helmed by an award-winning performer and experienced instructor, Sabrina Bellydancer imparts bountiful body waves and seductive shimmitude to movers of all skill levels. Whether you wish to burn calories, tastefully flutter a tummy flag tattoo, or sensually dodge paintballs, the weekly beginner classes work to tame lower halves Monday through Wednesday. Aspirant belly-dance junkies can get their fix learning classic movements such as hip circles, figure eights, undulations, and shimmies. On Monday evenings, mixed-level classes combine levels one, two, and three for instruction that tailors its intensity to each participant’s appropriate skill level and favorite meteorologist. Non-noisy hip scarves are permitted, and dancers can feel free to don dance shoes or proudly brandish naked feet.