For more than 25 years, Doctor of Chiropractic Bob Pizzimenti has championed his clients’ own ability to heal themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually. As a self-proclaimed unwinder, Dr. Pizzimenti eschews x-rays and technology-based treatments in favor of a more holistic approach to reducing stress and pain. After assessing his patients with chiropractic consultations and exams that target sources of muscular pain, he performs alternative treatments such as auriculotherapy, chiropractic adjustments, craniosacral therapy, yoga, and massage.
Dr. Pizzimenti also promotes well-being outside of chiropractic treatments at Innate Healing Arts Center. His resident herbalist, Tissheama Pizzimenti, oversees a shop filled with potted plants and shelves lined with traditional medicinal plants and specially concocted herbal remedies. She performs consultations and may prescribe custom-made herb blends or specialty spring water to help flush away toxins or spoil cars during car washes.
Also at the center, Reverend Gwendolyn Hurst leads a range of weekly community events, such as group meditation and holistic-health workshops, and yoga teachers lead welcoming classes. And at the onsite Golden Gate Cafe, the staff serves gourmet vegetarian dishes such as tempeh burgers, falafel, and vegetable stir-fry, with many ingredients sourced from local farms that utilize humane vegetable-growing practices.
At Health and Wellness Oasis Massage Spa, which celebrates its one-year anniversary in November, muscle therapists dispel annoying pain and stress with hot stones and firm but gentle kneading. Throughout the Swedish massage, relaxation mavens loosen stress's hold on the body with measured pressure, quick strokes, and the soft prying of a crowbar. The hot-stone treatment dislodges deep-seated aches by arming therapists with the power of heat, which warms muscles into a more malleable state for deep-tissue massage techniques. Inside Health and Wellness Oasis Massage Spa, plush beds and chic teleporters transport minds to a languorous nirvana.
When head stylist Tameshia "Me Me" McConnell founded Lillie D'or Salon & Spa in July 2012, she brought more than 15 years of experience along with her shears and combs. Beyond haircuts, the salon's services span from relaxers and highlights to facials, massages, and makeup applications. Drinks from the Lillie Bar refresh clients in between services, as do visits to the cozy waiting area outfitted with sleek, contemporary furniture.
Saigon Spa’s service list reveals extra touches and luxurious ingredients such as milk-and-honey scrubs, which infuse hands and feet with added moisture, and whirlpool baths of essential oils. After pampering hands and feet, technicians swipe on traditional or shellac polish, which dries quickly to a mirror finish and stays chip-free for up to 14 days. During signature body or facial treatments, sea salt buffs skin to a healthy glow, and all the while, guests sip complimentary soft drinks.
Just before the entrance to Greenleaf Bodywork, a two-level garden box welcomes guests—its lower level filled with basalt stones atop combed white sand, the top sprouting young bamboo shoots. Inside the studio, this penchant for the elemental continues, surrounding guests with stone-tile floors, bamboo blinds, and treatment rooms where subdued lighting spills across the walls and the tapestries hanging there. Within these zen-like environs, Greenleaf’s massage therapists work their magic, healing soft tissue with modalities such as deep tissue, hot stone, and reflexology. They also offer couples massages, synchronizing Swedish bodywork between spouses' backs or helping rivals race to a state of relaxation.
Nefertiti embraces natural beauty and helps clients feel confident without the use of harsh chemicals or heated tools. Her haircare services employ pure cleansing ingredients such as apple-cider vinegar, lemon, lavender, and rosemary, plus essential oils to rehydrate strands. Beauty services below the bangs include healing facials, body-waxing treatments, and massages that aim to reduce tension and restore range of motion. Nail services not only spruce up the appearance of nails but also soften skin with natural sea salts and paraffin dips infused with chamomile, lavender, or vanilla.
At Ferndale Relaxation Spa, massage therapists employ a holistic approach twice over, soothing the entire body with techniques from around the world. Beyond the traditional Western modalities, such as Swedish and hot stone, the indian head and neck massage calls upon ayurvedic-healing principles, and Chinese reflexology methods aim to boost the immune system during foot massages. Amid a bubbling fountain and soft music, the spa promotes relaxation with optional experiences such as rose petals scattered in candlelight or side-by-side massages for couples or presidential running mates.
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