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.
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.
When you first walk into DeLeon Chiropractic Center, Inc., a person might not greet you immediately. But it's not because the staff doesn't value the patient experience—in fact, far from it. Instead, it's because the enthusiastic PR mascot of the company is one CoCo DeLeon, a friendly rescue dog that occasionally waits at the front desk, ready to meet clients just entering from a valet parking lot.
CoCo's human companion is Dr. Jill DeLeon, a licensed chiropractor with years of private-practice experience. She applies her extensive knowledge and state-of-the-art spinal-care equipment—such as advanced patient adjusting tables and in-office x-rays—to tend to the aches and existential pains of patients. Employing a no-wait policy, Dr. DeLeon and her staff promptly address disk alignment, join soreness, and other maladies through massage, chiropractic, and acupuncture.
New Health Centers consists of more than 300 health-care practitioners across the country, each working to alleviate corporeal discomfort with natural techniques. Doctors work in conjunction with experienced practitioners to soothe aches, pains, and lawn-gnome infestations.