The root of the word medicine, mederi, is a Latin term meaning “to heal.” It’s also the perfect name for Mederi Health, where a team of MDs and licensed acupuncturists do exactly that. Through alternative medicine, chiropractic care, and functional neurology, the clinic’s trio of doctors aims to alleviate a range of maladies. For example, Bio-identical hormone management can correct simple problems such as weight gain, fatigue, and crying during jewelry-store commercials, and acupuncture and chiropractic services can assuage lower-back pain, headaches, and carpal-tunnel syndrome. Modern medicine may not have developed a cure for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s yet, but Mederi’s functional neurologists can help victims maintain an ability to perform everyday tasks through simple exercises.
Traditional Chinese medicine is built on the belief that healing begins when the two forces at work within the body settle into equilibrium. The practitioners at Berkeley Community Acupuncture and Massage trust this holistic principle will overcome their modern patients’ afflictions just like it did for those who practiced it before “ouch” was even assigned a petroglyph. Their acupuncture and massage treatments cure pain and disease from the inside out, and whereas acupuncture enlists thin needles to rebalance the flow of energy through the body, massage does the same thing using gentle kneading motions. Clients can combine the techniques or select just one in order to help ease digestive and respiratory disorders or simply diminish the stress of daily life.
At Comfort & Joy Wellness Spa, a team of aestheticians and massage therapists restores clients’ balance of tranquility, health, and beauty with ayurvedic treatments and organic products. Heated herbal packs, drizzles of warm oil, and the sound of whales singing Kenny G usher in peace during the Shirodhara ritual. Moroccan salt-glow body scrubs burnish skin with Dead Sea minerals and tangerine essential oil for dewy complexions. Staff members also perform European-inspired services with Epicuren and suki skincare products, SpaRitual vegan nail lacquer, and natural hair-coloring lines.
Today's wellness-wonder Groupon gets you 60 minutes of wonderful wellness at Botanica Wellness Sanctuary, a natural therapy clinic that blends modern science with western and alternative healing techniques. Choose one of the following services: acupuncture ($120), herbal therapy ($70), chiropractic ($125), Reiki ($70), reflexology ($70), naturopathy ($150), cranial sacral therapy ($75), nutritional counseling ($70), or general counseling ($75–$90). The Art Museum: To make up for your rejected art school application, vow revenge on the entire town. The Hypnotist’s Office: To make up for your rejected art school application, steal the hypnotist’s hypno-coin and command an army of birds to enact vengeance on your enemies. The Police Station: To make up for being unjustly accused of ghastly crimes that were clearly committed by birds, allow your bird-servants to lay siege to the building and free you. Leave only one survivor who couldn’t possibly track you to the unfinished high rise. The Unfinished High Rise: To make up for losing your sanity in an bacchanalian spree of bird crime, surrender and hand the hypno-coin to the surviving police officer. Though he seems incorruptible, he shockingly uses the hypno-coin to allow the birds their revenge on you.
Le Celle Medical Wellness and Aesthetics focuses on providing top-notch aesthetic and medical skin-care treatments while integrating Eastern and Western methods, creating worldly, Pangaea-inspired treatments. Center headmaster Dr. Kimberlee Terry acquired her MD at Ohio State University and has been practicing as a physician of internal medicine for more than eight years. She blends each customer’s overall health and goals into a focused beam of customized treatment, which is then administered using care, precision, and willpower.
When Sparrow Stylin’ Salon owner Lisa Branham became a certified stylist in 1983, she had a certifiable style of her own—a royal-blue mohawk. Though she’s since swapped her punk-rock coif for pretty blond highlights, she still encourages her team to embrace a diverse and norm-bending approach to styling. In addition to traditional cut and color services, Lisa and her stylists can be found creating special-effects colors, maintaining dreads, snipping away wads of gum, and ornamenting strands with feather extensions. Though often funky, their work can also be elegant, polishing frizzy locks with Brazilian blowouts and building romantic updos for weddings and special occasions.
The onsite spa furthers aesthetic overhauls with an extensive selection of facials and chemical peels. Lactic peels use a milk-based formula to brighten skin, and moisturizing seaweed facials can help clients befriend nearby whales. Clients can also have their nails groomed with Shellac manicures and select aromas of their choice for full-body sugar scrubs.