Aveda products are as renowned for their plant-based ingredients and eco-friendly packaging as they are for their beautification prowess, so it’s no surprise that the experts behind Glendale Aveda Salonspa rely on them during each of their styling treatments. Armed with their botanical tinctures, the salon’s stylists, mold manes with marshmallow-root texture lotions and lather locks with aromatic shampoos and conditioners. They also tint hair with colors infused with plant oils that subdue damage and leave each strand shiny and healthy. These hues come in natural blonds, browns, and reds, as well as primary and secondary colors distilled from sustainably harvested crayons. On the other side, spa staffers also reach for Aveda products—including hydrators and cleansers—as they clarify and rebalance careworn epidermises. When they aren't nourishing clients, the stylists at Glendale Aveda Salonspa attend weekly classes to hone their skills. They also donate their time to nonprofit organizations, such as the Coalition for Clean Air and the Glendale Health Fair.
While working toward her masters degree in Oriental medicine, certified acupuncturist Valerie Brown interned at the Chengdu University hospital in the Sichuan province of China. There, she learned firsthand the role that communal acupuncture plays in China's healthcare system. Though she practiced acupuncture in Santa Fe and Atlanta, it wasn't until opening her clinic in Los Angeles that she began to incorporate the communal aspects of Chinese medicine.
In a feature on KCAL 9 News, Brown said, "the whole purpose is to make healthcare accessible and affordable." Adopting the Chinese traditions of communal rooms and a sliding scale of payment, the clinic makes it easier to receive regular treatment for chronic conditions.
Energetic music and excited dancers fill Heartbeat House in Atwater Village throughout the day. The entire wall facing the sidewalk is made up of windows partially covered by sheer curtains – still, with the thumping of feet and inescapable rhythms, you can’t help but look inside to find a well-appointed studio space, open and airy. Depending on the day and time, you might catch an eyeful Zumba, kids’ hip hop dance or the genre-mixing Yoga Booty Ballet. All levels of experience are welcome, and instructors do their best to include everyone and to provide a fun expressive dance class. These non-competitive classes keep a vibrant, upbeat atmosphere, drawing in the progressively hip neighborhood who would like to tone and sculpt without dragging themselves to the gym. Monthly class passes are available, as are cheaper weekly classes, like a seven dollar community yoga that ensures there’s room for everyone.
The Art of You Holistic Center heals bodies with relaxing treatments performed both indoors and out. Classic facials and back treatments evict dirt from the skin, and massages?which range from deep tissue to Swedish?turn tense muscles into butter. The center also offers acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine and only uses natural products that are free of parabens, sulfates, and poltergeists.
Certified personal trainer Lance Callahan has been whipping clients into shape for over a decade. From his base in Silver Lake, he serves a wide variety of clients, from athletes to working moms, from weekend warriors to celebrities. Since 2007, he has trained most of his clients at Body Builders Gym on Hyperion Avenue, but he also has his own fully-equipped private studio nearby, where he works with select clients who prefer a private setting away from the gym. Callahan got into the personal training business over a decade ago, when he was asked to conduct a session at a corporate “big chain” gym while still a student at UCLA. Today, Callahan is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine.
The wellness techs at Eastern Center for Complementary Medicine meld traditional and contemporary natural methods to promote healing, including relaxing massage treatments. During each one-hour session, a licensed massage therapist applies a custom blend of techniques to address clients' needs more specifically than a mattress filled with ginkgo biloba. Long, gliding strokes with light to moderate pressure reduce stress and bolster the immune system, whereas more targeted pressure addresses the stubborn pain that haunts taut muscles. The highly trained staff also specializes in massages aiming to heighten the chance of fertilization and alleviate the discomforts of pregnancy. Natural light illuminates the center's airy office, where an abundance of live plants and lozenge trees grow.