Holden Zalma knows the toll that exertion can take on muscles. Before he received his massage license, he helped to train USC's football, basketball, and swimming teams while he studied to be a physical therapist. After graduation, Holden founded MetaTouch Therapeutic Massage and Wellness Center, where he shares his burgeoning 20 years of massage-therapy experience with others. His philosophy is simple: alleviate pain and treat injuries by scouting out symptoms, hunting down their root causes, and treating the body as a whole by ignoring its unsightly seams. He and his staff of trained practitioners accomplish this task by blending techniques?such as massage, stretching, exercise, and acupuncture?to relieve pain, improve performance, and reduce the risk of future injuries.
At Costa Acupuncture, licensed acupuncturists and herbalists Michael Costa, Sun Cho, David Johnston, and Alison Doherty exercise their talents and experience to make holistic healing more attainable for the community at large. Founder Michael Costa has a master's degree in oriental medicine, and Cho is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). The team addresses a variety of conditions, ranging from digestive, respiratory, and musculoskeletal maladies to emotional concerns. The caring crew also promotes better health with cupping treatments and herbal and nutritional supplements.
Guru Chiropractic's dedicated spine aligners and massage therapists treat pained physiques with spinal and joint adjustments as well as massages to re-energize clients with active lifestyles. Guru's skilled practitioners mix chiropractic techniques to target different clients' ailments, and show patients a series of home exercises and stretches to alleviate whiplash, slip-and-fall injuries, and difficulties licking one’s own elbow. Staffers can also relieve soreness with sports, deep-tissue, and pregnancy massages.
After 33 years of clinical and academic medicine, Dr. Edgar A. Guess Jr. expanded his medical repertoire by exploring alternative and holistic wellness techniques. In 1996, the retired OB/GYN and cancer surgeon founded Beverly Hills Wellness Center, where he and a team of physicians and healthcare providers aim to prevent illness and provide clients with the knowledge and services they need to maintain their health and independence. Dr. Guess is also the president-elect of the National Board for Colon Hydrotherapy, so his knowledge and experience informs the work of the center's International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy?certified therapist, as well.
Besides colon hydrotherapy, the health experts offer acupuncture and Oriental and Chinese herbal medicine. Additionally, the center's detoxifying treatments?which include infrared saunas, deep-tissue massages, and raw-juice cleanses?allow the body to rid itself of impurities that linger from their childhood paste-eating habit. They also offer health screenings, as part of their commitment to promoting early detection and empowering clients to monitor their own health at home.
Renowned physician Dr. Andre Berger and his staff at Rejuvalife Vitality Institute aim to restore vibrancy to world-weary bodies with a blend of modern medical techniques and time-honored holistic therapies. Dr. Berger's repertoire of figure-sculpting procedures coaxes fatty tissues from hips, buttocks, and thighs to leave sleeker silhouettes. The noninvasive or minimally invasive techniques, which include skin-tightening lasers and liposuction, allow Dr. Berger to renegotiate bodily curves without the need for general anesthesia or costly bribes to the bosses of lipid unions. He also helps patients shed pounds with a holistic medicinal approach, combining hormone therapy with nutritional and lifestyle counseling to give patients control over their own fitness destinies.
Visitors to Beneveda's salt room enter with wizened lungs and leave with breath-balloons bursting with praise for the center's practitioners and philosophy of comprehensive medicine. The restorative effects of breathing salinated oxygen were first observed by European salt miners, who noticed a marked improvement in the breathing of their canaries. According to Beneveda, salt-mine air is rich in negative ions, which it says can improve chronic ear, nose, and throat ailments; allergies; and overdrawn positive-ion balances. Three 45-minute sessions in Beneveda's therapeutic microclimate aim to alleviate symptoms of respiratory ailments and the consequences of maintaining a throat-length tar-luge track.