Ten years on, and the pain still persisted. After a decade of ineffective treatments for a foot injury, Doctor of Chiropractic Robert Rainey finally turned to a chiropractor, a decision that paved a path to a quick recovery and inspired him to pursue a degree from the Cleveland Chiropractic College. The kinesiology major who had put in a seven-year stint as a respiratory therapist at UCLA quickly subscribed to the theories behind the natural treatments, which steer specialists past symptoms in search of a unifying cause or an ill-placed shoe pebble.
In 1993, Dr. Rainey opened Rainey Chiropractic, where he has spent the last 19 years targeting back pain with spinal adjustments, therapeutic massage, and Pilates exercises. Through a deep understanding of neuromuscular conditions, the spinal column, and the nerve network, he comforts his clients without relying on habit-forming drugs, risky surgery, or yoga postures that can only be bought on the black market.
Doctor of Chiropractic Andrea Bradshaw of Relax Holistic practices chiropractic medicine on patients ranging from senior citizens to professional athletes and UFC fighters. Dr. Bradshaw uses a variety of techniques to treat pain, including nonsurgical spinal decompression and acupuncture, and also gives nutritional recommendations.
Raindrop Bodyworks, a spa and holistic health center nestled in the heart of Culver City, contains a staff of experienced spa technicians, certified massage therapists, and chiropractors who soothe beleaguered bodies inside and out. Massage therapists employ a lively blend of Eastern-, Western-, and European-style techniques such as soft-tissue, deep-tissue, and reflexology, melting tense muscles with a blend of deep kneading and broad effleurage strokes. Certified instructors teach students the best practices for bending their bodies in 10 yogic styles such as Vinyasa flow, hatha flow, tai chi, and specialty classes for teens and expectant mothers. Spa therapists tend to skin ailments during a trio of body treatments and use botanicals such as lavender, geranium, and chamomile to soothe and attract wild squirrels that appreciate the finer things.
The beauty pros at FuWaa Spa tighten, shrink, and sculpt physiques with a panoply of noninvasive treatments. Devices such as the Zerona laser and Venus Freeze zap away troublesome fat cells and tone the body’s contours without the risks of surgery or cardio bullfighting. A tranquil studio hosts yoga classes that mold figures with strengthening poses and tush-firming asanas. Aestheticians coax away blemishes and reinvigorate complexions with a menu of facials and peels, and a team of experienced massage therapists and reflexologists drums new life into tuckered-out muscles.
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.
From the walls that enclose Zena Day Spa's 6,000-square-foot space, one can almost feel sun seeping from the great, rough-hewn stone blocks and murals influenced by the ancient Egyptians. Intricately woven gold speckled with authenticity-testing bite marks trims Victorian-style couches, upon which clients nip at complimentary beverages. Extremities wrapped around warm mugs or wading through luxurious carpet prepare for dips in oil, paraffin, and a warm lotion or cooling gel infused with sea salt, and beautifiers overhaul hair, nails, skin and bodies with opulent spa and salon treatments.
Organic, semipermanent makeup accentuates facial features, and bold brushstrokes paint exotic scenes behind pedicure chairs and above gleaming marble countertops. The scent of potted lilies rides waves of eucalyptus-infused steam past the strawberry-blond wooden slats that border a sauna. The spa's private showers are ideal for relaxing cleanup or tearful regrets about taking cotton candy in the shower.
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, where he shares his burgeoning 16 years of massage-therapy experience with others. His philosophy is simple: scout out symptoms, hunt down their root causes, and treat 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.