When asked what factors influenced their career choice, not many people would answer, "The location of my college apartment." But that?s exactly what Dr. Eric Smith did. He lived next door to a chiropractor's office during his freshman year, and from his desk, Smith could see patients?including entire families?coming and going from the adjacent building. He noticed that they appeared to be in pain when then walked in, and seemed to have more pep in their step as they left. Smith got a chance to see for himself what all the fuss was about after sustaining a serious neck and back injury. In extreme pain, he headed next door for treatment, eventually making a remarkable recovery. Smith even began working for the chiropractor part time, learning more about chiropractic care and developing a passion for helping others. After earning his chiropractic degree at Palmer College of Chiropractic's west campus, Dr. Smith began practicing, allowing people in pain to experience the same healing he had felt.
That was 25 years ago. Today, at Smith Chiropractic, Dr. Smith alleviates discomfort and illness with a variety of techniques, including spinal-decompression therapy and gentle adjustments with the instrument-based Activator Methods. Dr. Smith also donates his time to local businesses and events by offering free wellness workshops on topics such as weight loss, stress, and ergonomics in the workplace.
Zen Organic Salon fulfills the promise of its name with a full slate of organic products and an atmosphere that promotes Zen-like relaxation. It all starts with the stylists, who cut and color hair in ways that complement their clients' natural beauty. Not far from the styling chairs, nail technicians soften skin and apply polish during luxurious mani-pedis. Some of the salon's other services include waxing and bridal makeup, which is extremely helpful for those planning a beachside wedding with bathing-suit attire.
Licensed posturist and certified massage therapist, Cavan Collins, aids clients in straightening their stances to restore flexibility, realign spines, and increase athleticism. Reposturing combines stretching, massage, and postural exercises utilizing the power of breath. The spinal technician customizes treatments to individual goals and can work to relieve chronic pain from repeated movements in athletics, work, or attempts to mimic the drinking bird on one's desk.
Bay Beauty Spa is exactly as advertised: a relaxing spa retreat located mere blocks from the shores of the San Francisco Bay. Though the spa has only been open for a short time, its therapists and aestheticians have already devised a full menu of beauty treatments for the skin and body. These treatments include pore-cleansing facials, head-to-toe exfoliation, and massages that incorporate everything from gentle strokes to hot stones. Top off a day of pampering with a professional makeup application that can help you get glammed up for a wedding, date, or driver's license photo.
At Hibiscus Boutique Spa, clients’ relaxation begins before their appointments, with soft music playing in the lobby where a fountain gently bubbles. Each appointment begins with a consultation that helps the staff personalize massages, facials, and spa services to optimally satisfy each guest’s unique needs. The staff blends more than 150 raw ingredients including clays, herbs, essential oils, and flower waters to craft their own masks, toners, and serums in-house. Visitors may enjoy complimentary herbal tea and chocolate during their stay.
Natural healing therapies can be an healthy alternative to aggressive medicines and unnecessary surgery, which is the care practiced and embraced by the Source for Wellness staff. This spa-like, integrated health center offers chiropractic services as well as group fitness classes, together helping clients look and feel their best. Chiropractic neck and back adjustments may be the ticket to relieving migraines or chronic pain, and massages and gentle acupuncture treatments help soothe the body and replace the needles you've naturally shed over time. Above all, the experienced practitioners treat each person as a whole, working to get to the root of health problems instead of simply treating the symptoms.