The licensed acupuncturists and massage-minded staff at Bonita Acupuncture & Massage Clinic bolster whole-body well-being with an array of noninvasive services. For all-over care, 60-minute massage-therapy sessions are available in an assortment of modalities, including Swedish, deep-tissue, and shiatsu techniques. All treatments are tailored to meet the client's particular needs, with skilled hands undoing knots faster than a sailor in a yo-yo competition.
In 1997, Amy Caldwell discovered yoga. As she backpacked through Asia, Australia, and parts of Europe, she stopped to train with yogis she met along the way, exploring the styles of Vinyasa flow, Sivananda, Iyengar, and Ashtanga. As she learned, she blended these styles into her own dynamic flow. Since this nomadic journey, Amy's rapidly developing skills have earned her a spot on two Yoga Journal covers. Today, as owners of Yoga One studio, she and her husband Michael incorporate their own unique yoga and meditation styles into their teachings.
The flexible duo leads a team of experienced instructors, who foster a positive, non-competitive environment and also specialized in different styles of yoga, such as sunrise flow, Vinyasa flow, and gentle flow. Inside the main studio, where natural light from skylights casts a glow onto hardwood floors and saffron curtains, instructors lead groups through classes that cover optimal alignment, breath, and present-moment awareness. They also guide students outside the studio to stretch and align on a sunny rooftop in Little Italy. Inside softly lit massage rooms, therapists help visitors release tension from aching muscles.
Seasoned, board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Charles Sarosy helms the team of certified technicians at San Diego Body Contouring and its sister location, the Vein and Liposculpture Center in Temecula. Drawing from years of experience that earned him a membership to the American Society of Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Sarosy wields state-of-the-art laser technology to help lift visages, oust excess fat, and erase unwanted tattoos and body hair. He can also forge svelte physiques with comprehensive mommy makeovers, designed to restore new mothers' post-pregnancy bodies to the state they were in before babies filled them with gaudy futons. Spider-vein therapy and skincare treatments such as microdermabrasion and Botox round out the center's slate of aesthetic services.
At B. Well Acupuncture, licensed acupuncturist Melissa Batten draws on her master's degree in traditional oriental medicine and more than a decade of experience to help folks find a little harmony. The San Diego native's services center on traditional Chinese medicine techniques such as acupuncture and herbal medicine. The primary benefit of the ancient treatments is improved qi—or energy flow—but more practical advantage include everything from improved sleep to relief from migraines. To amplify the benefits, Melissa Batten can incorporate cupping or gua sha](http://www.bwellacu.com/our-services/#gua) into the session, if deemed therapeutic.
When Christina Bird first began studying the human body, she was mostly interested in movement. She earned a BA in athletic training before spending 3.5 years as a personal trainer, during which time she analyzed the body with the end goal of maximizing bodily strength and performance. But after reading a book on alternative medicines, she was inspired to enrich her education. She enrolled in the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where she learned about Eastern wellness therapies, nutrition, and herbology. In the course of her studies, she became partial to acupuncture, particularly after witnessing the pain relief it provided to oncology and hematology patients at Rady Children's Hospital.
Today, she operates her own practice at Christina Bird Acupuncture. She works with clients who are tackling acute and chronic ailments as well as those just seeking relaxation. The initial session includes a consultation to determine each visitor's health issues, lifestyle, and goals for treatment, which Christina uses to design a custom treatment plan. She has worked with patients on everything from headaches and PMS to insomnia and sciatica. After their initial round of sessions, many clients revert to a monthly or quarterly maintenance schedule.
The wellness introductory package begins with a basic overview of the principles and practices behind Chinese medicine and is followed by a personal-health assessment and one therapeutic acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture targets specific points in the body to help redirect the flow of the body’s energy and provide relief from a wide variety of ailments such as chronic pain, morning sickness, insomnia, tennis elbow, and more. Call ahead to schedule an appointment and prepare to have tension and stress melt away faster than a wicked witch at a pool party.