Sandy Seekins has always been passionate about being active and eating healthy, but there was always a major obstacle in her way: she hates the gym. But when a friend gave her a yoga mat for Christmas one year, she found her workaround. So when she eventually opened her own studio, Yoga Paradise, it makes sense that she focused her services on whole-body wellness, including nutritional counseling, herbal medicine, massage, and acupuncture. Of course, yoga is the core of Yoga Paradise, and Sandy has two studios that allow her and her team to teach a mix of classes that includes hot yoga, vinyasa, aerial yoga, and Forest Yoga, which is open only to wood nymphs.
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At Health Performance Chiropractic, Doctor of Chiropractic Darius Bunyad cares for his patients with a whole-body health regimen that easily adjusts to address all body types, from athletes to pregnant women to children. He became a chiropractor because he wanted to fight spinal misalignment—which he says is the root of most aches and pains, particularly those associated with age—and to focus on improving overall wellness. Dr. Bunyad cares so much about this problem that he began volunteering in his home country of Afghanistan in order to help those in need of spinal adjustments and additional medical care. Dr. Bunyad’s compassion and dedication to patient care led him to establish Health Performance Chiropractic in 2011, and he has already overseen the treatment of hundreds of residents with chiropractic services and restorative massage therapy. Because he also believes that overall wellness involves positive self-esteem, Dr. Bunyad uses Zerona laser treatments to reduce inches as well as to help train his laser-tag team, the Fightin' Lumbars, for future battles.
Licensed acupuncturist Lauren Sugarman believes that good health must be nurtured patiently, much like the plants in a garden. She applies this philosophy while treating her patients with traditional Chinese-medicine treatments. During acupuncture sessions, she inserts hair-thin needles along certain points on the body's energy pathways, redirecting this energy so that it flows unhindered. Facial-rejuvenation acupuncture uses the same techniques to increase blood flow to the face, working to naturally smooth wrinkles and improve muscle tone. Patients who suffer from allergies can treat their symptoms with Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique, a noninvasive combination of acupuncture and other disciplines that relieves reactions to allergens such as pet hair, pollen, and chores.
In China, acupuncture developed as a communal practice. Friends and family would lie down in the same room, basking in silence together. At Santa Rosa Community Acupuncture, eighth-generation acupuncturist Viola Huang-Beck believes that "this kind of collective stillness is a rare and precious thing" in modern society. She and two fellow healers have brought communal medicine to Santa Rosa, setting up a spacious treatment room ringed by recliners. Traditional pulse diagnosis takes the place of lengthy patient intakes, and a "collective stillness" pervades instead of the auctioneering that attends most Western acupuncture. Part of a communal approach, the clinic's sliding payment scale makes it easier for patients to come in as often as necessary.
While traveling to India, Marina Gachet experienced the most wonderful facial?what was called a prayer facial?and ended up staying in India to study with the people who had mastered the technique. That experience laid the foundation for her aesthetics approach: Marina has now traveled the world and spent thousands of hours honing her techniques in both skincare and massage therapy to give her clients a unique and soothing experience. At her studio, she impresses the importance of de-stressing to all her clients and offers a plethora of massage styles to help them do so. She also offers packages that pair foot massage and facials with warm tea?for sipping, not as part of the massage.