Like most massage therapists, David Armstrong is interested in ridding clients of pain and increasing their range of motion. But unlike the others, he doesn't knead the part of the body experiencing pain; rather, he relies on neuromuscular therapy to discover and treat the source of the pain. He employs structural analysis, trigger-point therapy, and myofascial release, which has helped clients recover from very serious traumas. David also loves helping people de-stress during relaxing massages.
He learned his techniques from massage guru Venice Sullivan, an early pioneer of neuromuscular therapy who groomed him to follow in her footsteps. David now assists Venice in teaching neuromuscular therapy to new massage-therapy students. Clients who wish to supplement their bodywork sessions may also reach out to acupuncture specialist Glenn Sadowsky, who clients with natural medicine and acupuncture at Optimal Health Acupuncture and Bodywork. In addition to easing chronic and acute pain, while managing weight-loss goals, endocrine disorders, and asthma/allergies for his clients, he also shares herbal-supplement benefits with them.
During every appointment at The Center of Integrative Chinese Medicine, the staff members take the same first step: they listen. Listening to their patients' needs and goals informs their treatment procedures, as it clues them in on the underlying causes of unrest that their patients feel. After that, they use acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and ancient Chinese medicine to treat a range of conditions, including hypertension, anxiety, bronchitis, tennis elbow, and dizziness.
Armed with a master’s degree in Chinese Medicine, Oona Hull works to naturally detect and ease the source of poor health. Her practice, Acupuncture and Alternative Medicine Center, takes full advantage of Eastern medicine to offer patients a full flight of preventative care. Acupuncture treatments help relieve blockages in the body’s energy pathways, and natural herbs fill the holes in the Western diet commonly caused by eating too many processed foods.
Continuing the center’s theme of natural restoration, massage therapy is used to calm overworked muscles. The center also offers ancient qi gong therapies that help bolster the body’s energy and ability to heal itself, which is why UFC fighters often undergo qi gong mid-bout.
Active Health's skilled massage therapists practice a myriad of massage styles, from deep tissue to Swedish to shiatsu. Soothe tense soul sacks with an oil-based, full-body Swedish massage, which combines gliding strokes with tapping and kneading motions to ease muscle tension and improve circulation, or take the tension tackling down to a lower flesh level with a deep-tissue massage. During a Shiatsu session, the therapist will focus on improving the body's energy flow, creating pressure with thumbs, fists, elbows, and tough-guy squints. Thai and pre-performance sports massages are also available, soothing your sore body until all the stress has evaporated and floated up to fill holes in the ozone layer.
Daniele Uzes and Lishanna Tryllium, the cofounders of People's Integrative Medicine & Acupuncture, saw fit to gather a large team of holistic-health professionals whose specialties are as diverse as the practioners themselves. The roster includes a hypnotherapist, a chiropractor, massage therapists, and numerous acupuncturists and medical qi gong practitioners who have trained in China. The team collaborates to heal clients' physical and emotional ailments through private and community acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, and other forms of Eastern and Western medicine. The practicioners also accomodate their beach-loving clientele by specializing in surf-related injuries. Several on-staff aestheticians cater to countenances with facials, peels, and microdermabrasion, as well as full-body waxing services.
1976 was the United States' 200th birthday. It was the year the $2 bill was issued and the VHS was introduced. It was also the year that licensed acupuncturist and body mender Phil Caylor founded and instructed at one of the first massage schools in Santa Cruz. Now with more than 40 years of experience, Phil expertly slackens musculature with an ample repertoire of techniques.
Initial assessments of the body's overall health may segue into acupuncture to unblock energy flow or into the long, flowing strokes of Swedish massage to ease full-body tension. Whether releasing knots with firm deep-tissue techniques or investigating organ function with nutritional response testing, Phil complements his sessions with relaxation training to ensure wellness at home and pinky-lift training to prevent embarrassment at tea parties.