When opening the closet door causes a waterfall of belongings to come tumbling to the floor, people call on Amanda Lavallee of Organizer365. She begins her rescue by evaluating the space, whether it's the junk drawer or the whole house, asking homeowners what their goals are regarding the clutter: Do they want to keep it? Purge it? Use it to build a fort in the living room? Then she sets to work, purchasing organizing materials if needed, such as bins, shelves, and boxes. She'll even take unwanted clothes and home items to consignment shops and donation centers to see if they'd be of value to someone else.
Administered by doctor of chiropractic Mark Casha, LipoLaser treatments zap and empty fat cells, thus reshaping bodily contours and reducing cellulite. As patients recline comfortably, Dr. Casha uses two multi-laser paddles and two smaller lasers to target areas chosen by the client. In 40- to 50-minute sessions, cold red lasers and microscopic snipers target deep tissue and drain fat cells by breaking them down into triglycerides, fatty acids, and water. Following treatment, clients dispel recently transformed fat through exercise and lymphatic drainage by spending 10 minutes on a vibrating platform or up to six hours in a cheetah-racing simulator. The noninvasive procedure can tighten skin tissue and smooth lumps in efficient sessions that can release 40–60 grams of fat and trim up to 2.5 inches from frames on the first visit.
Once upon a time, Swanson's Cleaners technicians would begin their days by firing up irons, stirring starches, and strapping on roller skates. The business was once one of the largest dry-cleaning facilities west of the Mississippi, the epicenter of Salvin Swanson's vast dry-cleaning empire—an empire packed with Sacramento's laundry, even the chain mail of its knights. To get the job of all this weighty laundry done, staffers needed their own wheels, plus wheels for their hampers.
Now helmed by the third generation of Swansons, the business has grown to 15 locations. In these locations, the team launders and dry-cleans garments with the eco-friendly Revive system, which uses a gentle, odorless, and antibacterial solution made from organic ingredients. Ever mindful of the earth and the community, Swanson's Cleaners recycles its hangers and plastic bags and has collected more than 27,000 coats for local children in need through its Coats for Kids program.
Cynthia Ruiz spent her corporate career helping others, but after 30 years, she wanted to do more. In 2005, she began looking for the services of a life coach, which eventually led her to the California Institute of Healing Arts. Cynthia walked away from the institute with a degree as a holistic health practitioner, alternative health practitioner, certified clinical hypnotherapist, certified behavioral therapist, and certified life coach. These disciplines are combined into holistic hypnotherapy programs to help clients achieve their goals, from eliminating smoking habits to losing unwanted pounds. Cynthia uses specialized hypnotherapy to remove mental blocks that inhibit growth and replaces them with thoughts that bolster inner-strength, all while clients remain conscious of themselves and their surroundings.
Image Health aims to simulate the experience of working out—and reap the benefits—with none of the hassle. Noninvasive Electro-Slim technology stimulates the muscles of the body with specific frequencies, causing the rapid tightening and releasing of muscles. The treatment can result in stronger musculature, increase metabolic activity, and improve blood flow, thus contouring the body and treating cellulite. Image Health also promotes patients' well-being via services such as Kangen ionized water devices and Redox Signaling supplements.
For more than 10 years, massage-therapists-in-training have learned therapeutic modalities and a caring touch from seasoned teacher and Fair Oaks Massage Institute director Madonna Polley. Polley—who has more than 40 years of experience in the massage-therapy world—works alongside more than 10 instructors. They teach students in small groups and incorporate plenty of hands-on training, unlike the people who teach psychics how to read minds. Then the pupils—who must complete more than 250 hours of training to be certified—bring their knowledge to the treatment room as they practice Swedish and deep-tissue techniques on real spa clients. They focus each massage session on the spa-goer's needs and help reduce stress, relieve pains, and strengthen the immune system.
Polley brings decades of experience to the institute, from instating a massage program at Mt. Hood Community College in 1979 to founding the Fair Oaks Chiropractic & Wellness Center with her husband in 1980. But she also ensures she and her team keep their skills current through participation in continuing-education courses.
Fair Oaks Massage Institute also offers public classes and workshops that teach techniques such as reiki and cranial-sacral therapy, as well as specialty modality certifications, which include learning how to massage without wearing boxing gloves.