Clients saddle up to the stable of whole-body-vibration trainers at Success Wellness's Szone, stepping onto the machines' vibrating platforms as they initiate thousands of tiny muscle contractions across the body. The technology was originally developed to help astronauts to maintain crucial muscle mass while floating around in microgravity, and it now enjoys popularity among celebrities and athletes as a hassle-free way to augment the effects of regular exercise. Success Wellness's entire facility focuses on the vibration exercise, which can give practitioners results in as little as 10-minute sessions three times a week. Regular practice can increase bone density and muscle mass, and the low-impact nature of the exercise makes it ideal for seniors, those with conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism, or fitness-conscious Fabergé eggs.
The certified massage therapists at Healing Touch Reflexology draw from Eastern and Western modalities to ease muscle tension and detoxify bodies. To target specific concerns, therapists tailor treatments by consulting with clients before each massage. Reflexology, their signature service, stimulates energy meridians on the feet to mimic acupuncture's healing effect on organ function, preventing the liver from accidentally producing saltwater taffy. Massages take place in candlelit treatment rooms that soothe with water fountains, soft music, and aromatherapy.
Some people know at an early age what they want to be when they grow up, but it took falling 40 feet out of the sky for a full-grown Clayton Woolley to realize he wanted to be an acupuncturist. Acupuncture restored the ankle he broke while paragliding, and his acupuncturist foretold he would make a career of the practice that had healed him.
At Carlsbad Acupuncture, Clayton Woolley recalibrates energy levels and restores balance to the body's qi using ultrafine acupuncture needles inserted into the skin. This, in turn, helps ease physical ailments such as arthritis, allergies, and ice-cream headache, along with mental maladies including depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
Elements Therapeutic Massage fends off unnecessary medical procedures with soothing techniques that trigger the body's natural healing abilities. Clients are paired with therapists who assess their specific aches and health conditions. They then use four levels of pressure and a blend of up to six modalities, such as deep-tissue, Swedish massage, and finger ballet, to create a customized massage. Their soothing kneads combat pain, loosen tight limbs, and disperse oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.
At San Diego Healing Arts, located within La Costa Chiropractic, licensed acupuncturist Rick Peterson treats an array of health problems with acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. Along with several styles of acupuncture, including trigger point and auricular, he soothes pain with cupping, infrared-heat therapy, cranialsacral therapy, and herbal-medicine prescriptions. Client testimonials sing his praises regarding everything from his "amazing, healing spirit" to his skill at treating shoulder and back pain and correctly identifying each patient's spirit animal.