Chris Cravens-Dang and Vu Dang put the Dang in Dang Good Yoga!, where they bring a combined 30 years of experience as holistic health practitioners to their studio. The talented instructors lead a wide variety of classes, from yoga to movement therapy classes. Hoop Flow fitness classes incorporate large, heavy hoops for a gyro-centric workout, and Tai Chi Chaun lessons teach the Chinese martial art known for its self-defense applications and health benefits. For a less labor-intensive form of relaxation, the studio offers a whole mess of massages, including hot stone, Thai, and acupressure.
Dr. Rosanna Perez treats back pain, neck pain, work, and driving-related injuries using a blend of chiropractic techniques and holistic healthcare methods. She realigns spines via a series of manual adjustments while massage therapists can be called on to knead surrounding muscles through Swedish and deep-tissue massages. She also offers colon-hydrotherapy sessions, which purge any lingering toxins or misguided ghosts from the body. Dr. Perez has spent time working alongside psychologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists to help children suffering from autism, cerebral palsy, and scoliosis.
The musculoskeletal specialists at California Health Center take a wide range of approaches to bodily imbalance. From chiropractic adjustments—which strive to slide misaligned vertebrae back into place—to massage, colon hydrotherapy, and acupuncture, their methods tackle ailments such as chronic pain and determined piggyback riders.
Water has a way of sculpting things, carving canyons into the earth or eroding shorelines with its waves. Even the human body gives in to its constant resistance and demand for stabilization, forces that transform surfers into well-muscled athletes. The two creators of SurfSet thought it was high time somebody bottled that fitness formula. After a successful appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank, the duo scaled up manufacturing of their RipSurfer X board, a contraption mounted on a semimechanical base that tilts and leans under the weight of a rider like a real surfboard. They also designed a workout to go along with it that enhances standard interval training and core exercises by forcing students to remain stable atop the board.
Paige and Ryan, the husband-and-wife team who opened SurfSet 858, use the miracle boards to sculpt bodies in their gym six days a week. They host the occasional beachside classes on Sundays, bringing students within earshot of crashing waves and rap-battling seagulls as the sun rises over La Jolla Shores.
At Crossfit Diadem, CrossFit Level 1-certified coach Jen Bunnell and her staff push exercisers through ever-changing, high-intensity CrossFit workouts. The challenging routines typically center around a blend of cardiovascular exercises and functional body weight moves like push-ups, pull-ups, and squats, which can be scaled for all fitness levels. The classes, which are typically one-hour in length, might also incorporate kettlebells, dumbbells, rings, and even sandbags, and aim to help students reach their personal fitness goals while also improving their strength, stamina, agility, balance, and coordination. To help reduce injuries during workouts, the studio has also teamed with Doctor of Physical Therapy Deniz Armagan, who can give members complimentary evaluations and new names to go with their new bodies.
With over a quarter-century in practice, Dr. Hoon Lim retains his strong commitment to non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical methods of treating disease. First exposed to chiropractic care when he sought care for a martial-arts related injury, Lim decided he should provide the same aid and comfort to others. Among his patients: both of his sons, whom he treated for sports injuries and asthma. Using spinal decompression and gentle instrument adjustments, he guides patients' bodies into healthier alignments that treat the causes of discomfort rather than just symptoms. His other non-invasive services include electrical acupuncture, which combines an ancient eastern technique with electricity distilled from 100% natural thunderclouds, and nutrition and wellness programs that help patients improve their health through lifestyle adjustments.