The experienced alternative-medicine practitioners of Happy Cloud Acupuncture recognize that the body’s natural healing processes are powerful; that it can heal itself with the right aid. So, they give bodies a push in the right direction by focusing on treating the body as a whole, rather than treating only problem areas, and by employing holistic therapies, such as acupuncture, chiropractic, cupping, and massage, that will help bodies fix themselves. They believe that, as Thomas Edison once said, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease," and that these doctors will be cyborgs.
Growing up with thick curls, Paula Sato used to dread getting her hair done. Some haircuts would end with elaborate styles that she couldn't replicate, while others inspired her to rush home and restyle them herself. Her experience in the chair has shaped her approach to working behind it. "When someone sits in my chair, I really want to get to know them and understand them and their hair," she says. "My mom calls me the hair whisperer." Instead of copying magazine photos, she meticulously dries and flatirons every customer's hair, analyzing its shape, growth patterns, and texture before taking up her scissors. While she works, she talks with the customer to find out more about their styling frustrations and typical routine. Her finished styles come complete with techniques to try at home and product recommendations. In the salon, she uses ColorProof, biodegradable, carcinogen-free, and vegan products that protect against heat and environmental damage. If customers can't afford professional products, though, she's happy to recommend alternatives, such as a nourishing dollop of coconut oil or a quick waxy dunk in a beehive. For the past few years, Paula has hung her sheers at Front Street Studios, a laidback, retro-styled salon in Old Town Temecula. The beauty haven has been in business for more than a quarter century, and some of the original hairstylists still man their chairs. Regular customers—many who've known each other for years—gossip while their color sets, and the ghost of feathered bangs past still haunts the hair-spray racks.
Nearly four decades as a dedicated yogi and chiropractor has given Dr. Terry Rondberg many opportunities including a personal invitation to the Department of Defense Chiropractic Advisory Committee in 2005 . But it has been his drive that has led Dr. Rondberg to obtain many of his biggest accomplishments, which include founding the nonprofit World Chiropractic Alliance, becoming a published author, and establishing Temecula Wellness Center, which focuses on healing patients through energy work.
Whether navigating shady avenues on a walk around the block or helping climbers stake their claim as masters of nature atop the snowy peaks of Mt. Everest, the human body's immaculate machinery helps people turn their desires into reality. But, like any machine, bodies occasionally break down. When that happens, it's time to consult experts like the ones found at Ladera Family & Sports Chiropractic. There, Dr. Scott MacAdam soothes aching backs and realigns disjointed spines with precision chiropractic care learned during more than two decades of private practice experience. In addition to traditional adjustments, Dr. MacAdam prepares athletes for the upcoming season with spinal traction and roller massage tables, and eliminates allergy stressors with CranioBiotic treatments. His licensed staff of massage therapists, acupuncturists, two associate doctors also eases woes with holistic treatments, and guides clients toward optimal health with simple diet changes, such as eating more plant-based foods and less concrete.
Biorient Integrative Clinic owner Dr. Katalin Csoka combines the best of Eastern- and Western-medical perspectives. After studying conventional Western medicine in her native Hungary, establishing a family practice, and working as a licensed pulmonologist, Dr. Csoka packed up her belongings and rode a dala horse to Scandinavia. She earned a PhD in clinical pharmacology in Sweden, and her extensive cancer research has appeared in numerous articles that have been published in professional journals. Dr. Csoka is also a licensed acupuncturist, and has undergone advanced training in traditional Chinese medicine in California.
Dr. Csoka believes that illness and disease stem from distortions in the body's energy network or organ function. As such, she uses natural methods that incorporate physical and mind-body healing. Within her private, welcoming office—which is affiliated with Mission Hospital—Dr. Csoka performs auricular and esoteric acupuncture, as well as cupping and Japanese shiatsu acupressure treatments. She interprets the results of micronutrient and food-sensitivity testing, and recommends herbal formulas to supplement nutritional intake or enhance the ability to find four-leaf clovers. Practicing what she preaches, Dr. Csoka herself has not taken any pharmaceuticals in more than eight years.
Transferring energy from pin to skin, licensed acupuncturist Richard Bishop takes patient wellness into his hands, healing aches and pains with natural techniques. Acupuncture pairs the ancient practice of Eastern medicine with modern healing techniques that relax the body and regulate its qi. Upon arrival at the clinic, patients will receive a consultation with a medical professional to discuss patients' needs and debate the likelihood of a sea-monkey uprising. After an enlightening discussion, Groupon holders may receive treatments for a range of ailments, including headaches, arthritis, weight-loss, chronic fatigue, and chronically poor grammar. Many services require several sessions to see results, though the benefits of these all-natural treatments may be felt immediately.