At B. Well Acupuncture, licensed acupuncturist Melissa Batten draws on her master's degree in traditional oriental medicine and more than a decade of experience to help folks find a little harmony. The San Diego native's services center on traditional Chinese medicine techniques such as acupuncture and herbal medicine. The primary benefit of the ancient treatments is improved qi—or energy flow—but more practical advantage include everything from improved sleep to relief from migraines. To amplify the benefits, Melissa Batten can incorporate cupping or gua sha](http://www.bwellacu.com/our-services/#gua) into the session, if deemed therapeutic.
The licensed acupuncturists and massage-minded staff at Bonita Acupuncture & Massage Clinic bolster whole-body well-being with an array of noninvasive services. For all-over care, 60-minute massage-therapy sessions are available in an assortment of modalities, including Swedish, deep-tissue, and shiatsu techniques. All treatments are tailored to meet the client's particular needs, with skilled hands undoing knots faster than a sailor in a yo-yo competition.
Hair thin and metallic, the needles at AB Acupuncture don’t seem like they would pack much punch. But in the right hands—an acupuncturist's—they gently wash away pain. The hefty list of ailments acupuncture helps includes knee pain, headaches, nausea, peptic ulcers, and allergies. The specialists also alleviate aches and tension with Thai, tui na, and lymphatic-drainage massages and episodes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
In 1997, Amy Caldwell discovered yoga. As she backpacked through Asia, Australia, and parts of Europe, she stopped to train with yogis she met along the way, exploring the styles of Vinyasa flow, Sivananda, Iyengar, and Ashtanga. As she learned, she blended these styles into her own dynamic flow. Since this nomadic journey, Amy's rapidly developing skills have earned her a spot on two Yoga Journal covers. Today, as owners of Yoga One studio, she and her husband Michael incorporate their own unique yoga and meditation styles into their teachings.
The flexible duo leads a team of experienced instructors, who foster a positive, non-competitive environment and also specialized in different styles of yoga, such as sunrise flow, Vinyasa flow, and gentle flow. Inside the main studio, where natural light from skylights casts a glow onto hardwood floors and saffron curtains, instructors lead groups through classes that cover optimal alignment, breath, and present-moment awareness. They also guide students outside the studio to stretch and align on a sunny rooftop in Little Italy. Inside softly lit massage rooms, therapists help visitors release tension from aching muscles.
Two dozen candles glow welcomingly at Natural Athletic Performance Spa, where holistic health practitioner Reyna Carter guides an elite team specializing in fine-tuning the bodies of athletes in a setting that dissolves the stress of competition. Acupuncturist and master of traditional Oriental medicine Melissa Batten represents the staff members’ expertise and thoughtful approach to their work. Having enrolled at the International Professional School of Bodywork, she realized she could better serve her clients with a degree from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where she pursued sports medicine, interned for two years in various clinical settings, and learned to differentiate the ailments better addressed with Western medicine. A pair of licensed massage therapists—one of whom is also a certified personal trainer—wield knowledge of six modalities that include the circulation-boosting Swedish style as well as thai and sports massages that loosen joints and target injury prevention. Treatments to streamline silhouettes for races with speeding bullets take shape as either dietary supplements or noninvasive, mechanical kneadings.
LifeTab's masterful massage therapists draw from backgrounds as holistic healers, therapists, and yogis to inform their current practice of healing the body through touch. They use techniques that include hot-stone, sports, and pregnancy massage. Smooth, heated stones settle onto muscles and nerve clusters during hot-stone therapy, melting away stress frozen into the body during that ill-considered stint spent pledging the Polar Bear Club. The therapists' strong hands sweep across skin during purely pampering Swedish massage sessions, and those same hands can unstiffen joints and musculature during sports-style massages. Expectant mothers can safely put their precious health in the hands of the therapists, who can deploy inner-body adjustments to comfort parent and child during the tiniest sort of couples massage.