Active Health's skilled massage therapists practice a myriad of massage styles, from deep tissue to Swedish to shiatsu. Soothe tense soul sacks with an oil-based, full-body Swedish massage, which combines gliding strokes with tapping and kneading motions to ease muscle tension and improve circulation, or take the tension tackling down to a lower flesh level with a deep-tissue massage. During a Shiatsu session, the therapist will focus on improving the body's energy flow, creating pressure with thumbs, fists, elbows, and tough-guy squints. Thai and pre-performance sports massages are also available, soothing your sore body until all the stress has evaporated and floated up to fill holes in the ozone layer.
Intent on treating pain and anxiety, as well as the underlying causes behind those symptoms, Gaines Frazier LAC. relies on the centuries-old holistic techniques of traditional Chinese medicine. These modalities help clients by supporting the body's natural healing processes and encouraging healthier lifestyle choices. Depending on their client's needs, practitioners have various approaches at their disposal, though they all share a common goal of helping people manage their health issues.
Acupuncture, for example, uses hair-thin needles to stimulate the nervous system and smooth the flow of energy in the body's pathways. The gentle heat of moxibustion radiates deep beneath the surface of the skin, increasing circulation throughout the area. Shiatsu and tui na massage alleviate the tension that can cause aching within the muscles or the tail you're sure you have even if you've never seen it. When used in tandem, these treatments can help address a variety of conditions, including repetitive stress injuries, anxiety, and sciatica.
Daniele Uzes and Lishanna Tryllium, the cofounders of People's Integrative Medicine & Acupuncture, saw fit to gather a large team of holistic-health professionals whose specialties are as diverse as the practioners themselves. The roster includes a hypnotherapist, a chiropractor, massage therapists, and numerous acupuncturists and medical qi gong practitioners who have trained in China. The team collaborates to heal clients' physical and emotional ailments through private and community acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, and other forms of Eastern and Western medicine. The practicioners also accomodate their beach-loving clientele by specializing in surf-related injuries. Several on-staff aestheticians cater to countenances with facials, peels, and microdermabrasion, as well as full-body waxing services.
1976 was the United States' 200th birthday. It was the year the $2 bill was issued and the VHS was introduced. It was also the year that licensed acupuncturist and body mender Phil Caylor founded and instructed at one of the first massage schools in Santa Cruz. Now with more than 40 years of experience, Phil expertly slackens musculature with an ample repertoire of techniques.
Initial assessments of the body's overall health may segue into acupuncture to unblock energy flow or into the long, flowing strokes of Swedish massage to ease full-body tension. Whether releasing knots with firm deep-tissue techniques or investigating organ function with nutritional response testing, Phil complements his sessions with relaxation training to ensure wellness at home and pinky-lift training to prevent embarrassment at tea parties.
With certifications in acupuncture, Oriental medicine, and massage therapy, Jenny Johnston treats ailments with natural tools. She approaches her traditional Chinese medical treatments with a mind for Western science, drawing influence not only from time-tested techniques but also from her training in orthopedics and bio medicine. Although Johnston focuses many of her holistic treatments on women’s health, she can tailor her acupuncture sessions, herbal remedies, and massages to treat maladies of all kinds, from allergies and digestive issues to backaches and neck pain.
Whenever she strolled down a sandy beach or marveled at the redwoods of a lush forest, LeTa Jussila would be reminded that Santa Cruz was the most beautiful place in the world. It seemed a shame to her that most people spent so much of their days inside houses and offices rather than taking advantage of the diverse landscapes of their surroundings. Inspired, she spearheaded the foundation of Optimal Health and Fitness—a multidimensional outdoor-fitness program.
Today, LeTa and her staff of trainers conduct energetic weight-loss classes at local beaches, forests, and mountain trails. They use the tools of their surroundings as exercise equipment, such as running up park stairs for a cardio workout. Encouraging well-rounded, healthy lifestyles, the instructors also conduct seminars on holistic topics such as stress management and meditation. Nutrition specialists, meanwhile, provide students with balanced meal plans and supervise detoxifying cleanses. The staff also offers various treatments popularized in the East, including traditional Chinese acupuncture treatments and rejuvenating qi gong stretching classes.