The massage therapists at Gardenia Holistic Bodywork hope to unlock the body's natural healing potential through skillful kneading and relaxation. Each session is customized the unique needs of the individual as the therapist adjusts pressure levels and chooses handcrafted body products. Their work is blended with therapeutic practices such as Polarity Therapy, where touch and gentle rocking helps realign imbalances of the body's positive and negative ions.
Certified acupuncturist Michael Johnston L.Ac. stuidied traditional Chinese medicine in the most logical place: China. Having already earned his master's degree, he expanded his holistic horizons by training elbow-to-elbow with herbalists, doctors, and gynecologists—each well-versed in the arts of managing pain and promoting health.
Now based in Santa Rosa, Michael plies the techniques he learned in China while taking a scientific approach to his art. When not administering acupuncture needles to clients and underdressed cacti, he reads and translates research articles and clinical trials that have been published in Chinese medical journals.
To Doctors Justin and Kimberly Hoffman, disease is not something that should be treated only with a pill—as naturopathic medical doctors, they posit that all ailments have a strong relationship to one's overall well-being, and that taking a measured, holistic approach can not only alleviate immediate concerns, but also help improve overall health and well being in the long run. Aside from prescribing medications to ailing patients when necessary for conditions such as hormonal imbalance, musculoskeletal injuries, and metabolic imbalances, the doctors also work in tandem with other healthcare providers to help healthy patients maintain their well-being and fortify children against bacteria and HDTV.
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.
Therapist and holistic life coach Mary Sanicola combines her scientific understanding of human anatomy and physiology with an appreciation for healing methods that treat the body as a single, interconnected organism. Rather than take other therapists at their word, Mary traveled around the world to arrive at her current treatment philosophy. Her journey brought her to Tokyo, where she spent two years mastering zen shiatsu massage and on to New York City, where she honed her Swedish-massage techniques on stressed-out cabbies before returning to Northern California to practice reiki therapy.
Today, at Evolving Bridge, Mary continues to target physical as well as incorporeal symptoms with bodywork treatments that gently relieve muscular stress and address the body's energy balance. Clients in need of a more hands-off approach to wellness can benefit from a life-coaching session, during which Mary shares her personal insights to combat anxieties more effectively than a whirlpool filled with thousands of steeping teabags.
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.