Physical therapist Anne Howard employs hands-on techniques to soothe joints, improve lymph function, and dull nerve pain. Namely, she uses laser therapy, manual manipulations, and an antigravity treadmill, which creates a lifting motion so exercisers can run with less impact on their joints and glass tennis shoes.
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.
Each Body By Laser clinic pairs cold-laser technology with holistic health practices to help patients lose inches and keep them off. The treatment gets its magic from cold lipolasers, which are designed to gently shrink fat cells by dislodging their contents so that they can be fully discarded through the body's natural metabolic process and series of tiny secondhand stores. Each one-hour treatment series wraps up with a consultation on diet and exercise, along with a quick session atop a whole-body-vibration platform engineered to burn even more calories.
Like art-house films and fish-flavored popsicles, these procedures are not intended for everyone; females who are pregnant or nursing should not undertake the treatment, nor should patients with active forms of cancer. Should any complications be discovered during Body By Laser's initial screening, the company will issue a refund.
Lead by Dr. Tonya Fleck-D'Andrea, N.D., an all-female team of naturopathic doctors and massage therapists at Santa Cruz Naturopathic Medical Center soothes bodies with holistic care in a nurturing environment. First-time patients create a personalized treatment plan during a two-hour consultation with a licensed N.D. (naturopathic doctor). In these sessions, the doctors review lab work done in the past year, go over current medication, and discuss the client’s health concerns to establish a regimen designed to treat these issues and prevent conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and turf tonsils. The Center's specialists strive to establish an open dialogue with patients when tailoring therapies by performing physicals and ordering new lab work only as necessary. Precision healing also comes from the hands of licensed massage therapists, whose cross-training in Swedish massage, Craniosacral therapy, and acupressure create a single super-modality sent from the future to terminate knotted muscles and release stress-induced tension.
Emergency Response Training’s classes, available throughout each month, equip healthcare providers with the adroitness and expertise necessary to respond to cardiovascular emergencies. The American Heart Association–certified training site gives nurses, emergency medical technicians, firefighters, and other first responders license to practice Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. In a small group setting, each two-day provider course imparts systematic skills for the recognition, assessment, and treatment of cardiac arrest. Licensed and professionally experienced instructors incorporate videos, lectures, and hands-on simulations to cover CPR techniques, airway management, rhythm recognition, and tools such as the automated external defibrillator (AED).
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Formulas
Brands Used: Designs for Health, Health Concerns, Golden Flower
Pro Tip: More parking is available behind the building; pay attention to designated spots for surrounding businesses.
What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
Acupuncture and herbal formulas are the cornerstone of my practice. I employ bio-communication tools to better understand one's unique constitution. A report is generated that benefits both myself and the client, with charts and graphs detailing organ and vertebral function. Using Shiatsu, Tui na, and Thai massage techniques enhances circulation, which is extremely effective in relieving pain and promoting relaxation.
Out of your entire repertoire, which is your favorite service to perform and why?
I offer a 90-minute traditional Shiatsu floor massage that is preformed on a thick mat. The entire routine is so relaxing?a head-to-toe massage with passive stretching, such as hip mobilization, neck traction, and achilles stretching. It's not difficult to see why most [clients] are snoring in 20 minutes. It makes me happy to give individuals the space they need to just relax.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
In addition to traditional Chinese medicine, I employ techniques to help individuals evaluate their constitution through questions regarding nutrition, cravings, weight gain, problem areas, etc. This will define an individual's "body type" through an assessment of dominant gland function. With this knowledge, miraculous and enduring body transformations occur.