Dr. Lance A. Johnson and his staff of massage therapists and acupuncturists combine their noninvasive skill sets to administer holistic healing without the need for drugs or surgery. He envisions the entire person being well, not just having healthy lungs or healthy knees or healthy banana-peel sensors. This approach, in Dr. Johnson's view, dodges the problem of merely making patients' symptoms go away instead of getting to the root of those symptoms' cause. His staff devotes themselves to getting to this root and, once there, correcting it with such tried and true chiropractic techniques as adjustments, massages, or physical therapy.
Hand & Stone's spa treatments are all about customization. Not only are the facials tailored to skin type and the massages designed for each person's unique aches and pains, but nearly every service can be further personalized with add-on services. For instance, a deep-tissue massage can include lavender aromatherapy and a cold-stone face massage, and an anti-aging collagen facial might integrate a lip treatment or a hand massage. Whatever clients choose, they'll be quite comfortable in spa rooms that feature heated tables and plush blankets grown from the finest blanket trees.
Licensed massage therapist Michelle Solomon hails from the Florida School of Massage and trained at the Swedish Institute in New York—the country's oldest massage school. Today, this AMTA member draws on 25 years of experience as she tailors and blends massages such as Swedish, Shiatsu, and reflexology. Injured limbs heal thanks to her rehabilitative and medical kneads. In her spare time, Michelle practices yoga and teaches music to children.
Licensed massage therapist and skincare expert Irina Ionina had always dreamed of running her own spa where she can heal others while fostering relaxation and well-being. Having opened Ganesha Spa, she’s achieved that goal, and now spends her days practicing eight modalities of massage, such as shiatsu and hot stone, to relieve muscle tension and alleviate stress. She also rejuvenates skin with anti-aging treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, micro-needling, and nonsurgical face-lifts, and hosts kundalini mediation classes each Monday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
As a nationally certified and licensed massage therapist with a master's degree in special education, Jolie Schiering knows the power that touch can have to reduce anxiety and show support. Drawing on this experience and more than 1,000 hours of bodywork instruction, Jolie tempers troubled sinews with a variety of massage techniques. Lounging in a private room, clients prepare for Swedish, shiatsu, or hot-stone bodywork as the scented tendrils of aromatherapy oils uncurl through the air. When not calming muscles as a therapist, Jolie uses knowledge gained while acquiring a personal-training license to compete in races such as the San Diego Marathon, and obtained CPR certification from Red Cross.
Skinny Buddha helps clients achieve balance and healthfulness in life with fitness classes and a menu of organic meals. Head chef Elyce Jacobson prepares healthy, organic foods and orchestrates catering services, and certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist Shaka Davidson leads small-group exercise classes and one-on-one training sessions.