Dr. Joel Gutierrez and his staff at Gutierrez Chiropractic don’t just adjust spines: they realign lifestyles to promote long-term health. Each time they meet a new client, they provide screenings and consultations to spot potential causes of future health issues, be they bad posture or a curved spine. After identifying these potential hazards, they also prescribe diets and exercises to help clients deal with their individual health challenges. True to the business’s name, the team supplements all recommendations with hands-on treatments, utilizing a blend of chiropractic techniques, massage, and physical therapy to keep bodies both healthy and hearty.
Melanie Archer-Dieveney took to Pilates instantly. As a new mother, she turned to the core-strengthening art to reshape her body, and in the process, she began to reshape her life. She was amazed not only by the transformation in how her body looked, but how it felt?she noticed an increase in her energy and focus levels, a very welcome change to the single mom of a 2-year-old. After getting her certification, she decided to create a studio where like-minded exercisers could bring their children to class. Archer Pilates & Wellness originally opened as a small labor of love in her garage. But today, alongside a team of licensed and certified instructors, she leads her classes in a serene studio with gleaming wood floors and numerous props, including Pilates reformer machines, medicine balls, and four brass poles for pole-dancing classes. She has developed a hands-on, customized roster of Pilates classes, ensuring that each guest performs workouts specifically tailored to their goals, whether they want to lose inches or build core muscles strong enough to deflect a sprinting child less than 60 pounds. As adults lengthen and strengthen their muscles, the instructors also lead kids through Pilates and yoga classes, taking a more active and engaging approach to traditional childcare.
At a family gathering soon after Ben Shamoiel started college, his uncle suddenly turned to him and said, "You are going to become a chiropractor!" Though he wasn't entirely sure what a chiropractor was and had, in fact, been planning to study photography, Ben was intrigued. Eschewing the cameras, lenses, and tiny top hats that all photographers must wear, he sought out as much information on chiropractic as he could. The idea that healing can be attained without drugs or surgery resonated strongly with him, and soon, Ben knew he had found his calling.
After moving to Georgia to attend grad school and complete his residency, Dr. Ben—as he is affectionately known as by his patients—returned to Los Angeles to provide the community with gentle, thorough care. When he is not treating patients at his practice, Dr. Ben travels extensively to share his knowledge at health-and-wellness events and also pursues higher education, recently attaining his doctorate in chiropractic.
Knobby bonsai trees and cacti sprout wildly in the front yard, corralled by a hand painted stone wall bearing tarot motifs and the studio's name, House of Intuition Healing Studio. Small painted symbols even grace a few of the steps leading up to the house, establishing a cosmic energy that extends into the house's private treatment rooms and spiritual boutique.
Inside, experienced healers provide counsel and insight as they administer tarot readings, I Ching, reiki, and clairvoyant readings. During aura readings, healers leverage their sense of intuition to pinpoint energies surrounding the body and light bulbs hovering above the head. They further delve into manifestations of self during past-life consultations, which explore patterns of experience.
In the boutique, crystals of all sizes and colors glint and shimmer under display lights. Some items, such as purifying bath salts, dressed magic candles, and anointing potions, are created by the studio's staff.
At the helm of Healthy Life Acupuncture Center is Dr. Kimi Gudmundsen, who, besides holding a Ph.D., earned a masters degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and an aesthetician's license. She's able to put her extensive training to good use at the holistic wellness and natural beauty practice, where the treatments run the gamut from healing cold laser therapy to refreshing facials and peels.
Of course, acupuncture is the main specialty here, and Dr. Kimi and her team use the centuries-old technique to help recalibrate internal energy levels and address ailments such as anxiety, pain, and consumption. During the treatment, Dr. Kimi inserts very fine, sterilized needles at precise points, stimulating the body's self-healing mechanisms and redistributing energy flow so that it goes to the areas where it is most needed. The procedure is nearly painless, though some patients may experience a slight tingling sensation, feelings of warmth, or sudden empathy for hedgehogs.
Ten years on, and the pain still persisted. After a decade of ineffective treatments for a foot injury, Doctor of Chiropractic Robert Rainey finally turned to a chiropractor, a decision that paved a path to a quick recovery and inspired him to pursue a degree from the Cleveland Chiropractic College. The kinesiology major who had put in a seven-year stint as a respiratory therapist at UCLA quickly subscribed to the theories behind the natural treatments, which steer specialists past symptoms in search of a unifying cause or an ill-placed shoe pebble.
In 1993, Dr. Rainey opened Rainey Chiropractic, where he has spent the last 19 years targeting back pain with spinal adjustments, therapeutic massage, and Pilates exercises. Through a deep understanding of neuromuscular conditions, the spinal column, and the nerve network, he comforts his clients without relying on habit-forming drugs, risky surgery, or yoga postures that can only be bought on the black market.