Before opening OC Salt Therapy, Robert Condraschi spent sleepless nights listening to and worrying about the labored breathing of his 2-year-old son Constantin. After visiting dozens of doctors, all of whom offered different diagnoses for Constantin’s ailments, it became clear that surgery was the last viable treatment plan. Before agreeing to invasive measures, Robert and his son booked a trip to the Eastern European salt mines. Within days of basking in the therapeutic chamber, Constantin’s breathing grew steadier, and he slept through the night for the first time in years.
Now, OC Salt Therapy’s founders strive to spark similar recoveries in clients of all ages. They have coated three rooms from floor to ceiling in pure, untreated salt, and each room houses a halogenerator that disperses microscopic particles of salt through the air. In the adult room, clients recline on chaise lounges and listen to soothing music. In the children’s room, tykes can tinker with toys, help sentient salt shakers write letters to forlorn pepper grinders, or watch DVDs on flat-screen TVs as parents supervise through the glass door for kids 10 and up, or inside the room for those under 10.
Citizen of the world Pieter Elsen was born and raised in The Netherlands, but his thirst for spiritual knowledge eventually took him to India, where he lived for more than a decade as a Vedic monk. Pieter's journey of self-discovery later led him to the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in Tarzana, where he earned a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy and learned how to unlock the power of the subconscious mind. Today, he relies on hypnosis to help his clients overcome fears, kick bad habits, and beat all of their friends in staring contests.
While the conscious mind fulfills preconceived commands, the unconscious mind works unsupervised, sometimes causing negative conditions such as phobias. Fortunately, the holistic practitioners at Direct Mindpower tap into the brain's inner workings to balance out mental health using hypnotherapy. During sessions, Lingfei Hui—a graduate of the Hypnosis Motivation Institute—works with clients to access their subconscious and treat wide-reaching conditions, including nausea, anxiety, and high blood pressure.
The expert also specializes in AcuPranic Therapy, a needle-free form of acupuncture created by Lingfei Hui. Eschewing all physical contact with the body, she taps into life forces to create invisible needles, which she claims can restore a person's chi flow and improve overall health.
Richard Burnley and his staff specialize in haircuts, color, and highlights inside a chic salon with redbrick accent walls and gilt mirrors. They also perform keratin hair-smoothing treatments that leave hair shiny and smooth for weeks at a time.
Certified clinical hypnotherapist Anthony Torres relies on his expertise in the field as well as his compassion and understanding to help others. Through hypnotherapy—a process that helps clients become suggestible and receptive to new strategies—he works with clients to overcome issues such as weight loss, phobias, and obstacles that may impede optimal sports performance.
Renee N. Sakr, a board-certified hypnotherapist, heads up Goldlite Hypnosis Institute, a place dedicated to positive change. These changes can be anything from helping a dieter lose weight to giving an athlete the focus to improve their end-zone-dance performance. As a certified hypnotherapy instructor, Renee also unveils the healing powers of suggestion to aspiring practitioners and teaches courses in HypnoBirthing to expectant mothers.