Licensed aestheticians, massage therapists, and permanent-makeup technicians work as a team to beautify clients from the forehead to the smallest toenail at Uptown Face and Body Care. Tense bodies melt under Swedish or deep-tissue massage techniques, and dull complexions disappear after infusions of vitamin C, minerals, and glycolic acid during facials and peels.
Kristy Tyler leans on her experience as an athlete and her research working with injured dancers to lead Tyler Physical Therapy & Pilates. Physical-therapy sessions pair an injured athlete with a certified trainer who combines massage techniques with restorative exercises to get weakened muscles back to their former car-throwing strength. To bolster cores and stave off future injuries, expert instructors lead Pilates classes using Balanced-Body reformer machines for low-impact, intense stretches. The intimate classes hold no more than four students, enabling teachers to move around the room, doling out helpful tips on posture and how to avoid the machine’s attempts to incorporate its human guest into a bionic hybrid.
Massages are supposed to be relaxing, and the massage treatments at Valley Cellulite and Therapeutic Massage live up to that expectation. But they also have another purpose: freeing bodies from embarrassing cellulite. During cellulite massages, certified massage therapists apply targeted pressure to problem areas, breaking down pockets of subdermal tissue and releasing toxins. The result is skin that looks sleeker and smoother. Although the cellulite massages are a specialty at this Granada Hills practice, they’re not the only specialty: clients can also opt for deep-tissue or sports massages.
FotoTranz helps regular Joes and Janes feel like glamorous movie stars by turning personal photos into full-size movie-like posters, emblazoned with titles, taglines, and even review blurbs. Clients simply upload their wedding pictures, senior portraits, or family vacation snapshots, and then accent them with a stylized border and a title of their own design. With FotoTranz's sets of custom patterns, users can memorialize a one-in-a-lifetime bachelorette party with a Hollywood-style poster, or enshrine their beloved pet's faces on a full-size cinema broadside, complete with titles such as "BEWARE OF ME", or "KRAMER VS. KRAMER: THE ALL-DOG VERSION".
Every time David Kuo got hurt playing sports as a child, his mother did what most mothers would do?she gave him tender affection and a couple of painkillers. And most of the time, he'd accept the love but toss out the pills. Growing up, David always felt there had to be another way of bolstering health and recovering from injuries aside from conventional medicine. Inspired by this notion, he went on to attain a BS in sports medicine from Pepperdine University before earning a doctorate of chiropractic from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1994.
Since then, Dr. Kuo?the owner of HealthSource of Pasadena?has helped patients to feel and stay healthy with treatments he says are focused on "supporting the body's own innate intelligence to heal itself." Blending his experiences as an exercise physiologist and sports-medicine specialist with his chiropractic training, he's treated an array of conditions ranging from lingering backaches to chronic bed-wetting to vision-impairing astigmatisms. Dr. Kuo often says to people, "I've gotten three women pregnant," jokingly referring to the female patients who've come to him for treatment because of difficulties conceiving or an immobilizing fear of storks.
Opened in 2007, HealthSource of Pasadena's 1,300-square-foot facility houses three treatment rooms, one massage room, and one rehabilitation area. Dr. Kuo emphasizes patient education by decorating the office with information-laden items, including anatomical posters that the licensed massage therapists use to show patients how the hipbone's connected to the knee bone.
Frank Paduganan sees massage not only as a way to relax the body, but also as a way to clear the mind. His spirited, holistic approach shows itself in a variety of modalities, from Swedish and sports to geriatric and oncology massage. He can upgrade any service with deep-muscle therapy, which uses hot towels and warming lotion to help loosen particularly tight tissue.
Frank's studio is on the second floor of Ellouise Hair Salon; inside, candlelight glows in a room already warmed by amber walls and the sleek, dark wood of the cabinets and massage table. Outside of his minimalist studio, Frank can also perform chair massage. He will provide this service at office buildings and special events, but not at the La-Z-Boy store.