The Art of You Holistic Center heals bodies with relaxing treatments performed both indoors and out. Classic facials and back treatments evict dirt from the skin, and massages—which range from deep tissue to Swedish—turn tense muscles into butter. The center also offers acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine and only uses natural products that are free of parabens, sulfates, and poltergeists.
Energy healers and spiritual seekers converge at Liberate Emporium, a Los Feliz healing center with a Zen-like, meditative vibe. Specializing in energy cleansing and spiritual development, Liberate is a one-stop-shop on the road to enlightenment for locals and the greater L.A. holistic set, who head to the shiny Hillhurst Avenue location. The burnt orange storefront sells a dizzying array of new-aged wares, including dried sage, incense, assorted oils and a number of precious crystals – ironing out funky energy is Liberate’s specialty, after all. In addition to services like hypnotherapy, psychic readings and astrology charting, the shop also offers classes in spiritual development, Reiki, tarot reading and more.
A certified clinical hypnotherapist, Diane Brach treats a wide variety of symptoms and ailments during her powerful hypnotherapy treatments. Diane sees herself more as a guide than a therapist, working with her patients to discover the inner strength that lies within them.
Sogang Acupuncture & Massage's licensed acupuncturists Lisa Hyun Kim and Kevin Nam Kim keep bodies healthy and minds at ease with a menu of acupuncture treatments, massage, and herbal medicines. Needle-wielders treat patients on one of the clinic's plush-topped tables, aiming to balance the body's flow of chi by placing silicon-coated pins at targeted locations, manipulating therapeutic magnets, and flicking the reset button located midway up the spine. Therapists' multidisciplined hands can further heighten states of relaxation with shiatsu, Thai, deep-tissue, and Swedish massage techniques, or point the way to a selection of herbs and supplements that have soothed ailments for centuries.
Dr. Bobbie McDonald completely dedicates herself to helping patients bring healthy, positive change into their lives. In addition to earning a doctorate in counseling psychology and sharing her expertise with CNN and ABC 15, Dr. McDonald also champions the salutary effects of hypnosis and hypnotherapy.
Each session begins with the hypnotherapist gently talking the patient into a more relaxed state, where the mind is more vulnerable to suggestion. Highly specific language patterns and techniques can reduce the subconscious urges that encourage people to fall into bad habits, such as smoking, overeating, nail biting, impulsively buying big-ticket items, or paying for big-ticket items with nothing but pennies. McDonald also claims hypnosis may help patients to overcome fears related to test taking, public speaking, or sports performance.