Co-founder Gillian Clark's been teaching since 1987 and is certified as both an instructor and personal trainer through ACE, AFAA, and Cal State Hayward. After developing the Yoga Booty Ballet at Crunch, Clark and partner Teigh McDonough (a trained instructor, trainer, dancer, choreographer, actress, and movement director for more than 20 years) created the boutique body-shop Swerve.
Hypnotherapy often conjures up images of magician-like performers who cause audience members to strut around the stage like chickens. But for professional hypnotherapist Rich D. Rios, Jr., this type of stage hypnotherapy is vastly different than what he does. As he promises on his website, he won’t make anyone cluck like a chicken unless that is their goal. Instead, the master's-degree-holding Rios, who is trained in basic, clinical, advanced, and medical hypnotherapy, helps his clients reach a controlled, trance-like state. This process is designed to keep them completely conscious and able to delve into entrenched issues or solve complex crossword puzzles. Through in-depth, one-on-one sessions, Rios helps his clients address concerns such as smoking, chronic pain, and phobias.
When Dr. Jungho Jang says, "people today are too rushed," and subsequent "stress symptoms are inevitable," he's speaking from experience. Dr. Jang has spent time in some of the most hectic places in the world—studying oriental medicine in Beijing, serving as a UN Peacekeeper in Lebanon, and living in Los Angeles. To relieve the negative physical and mental effects caused by a fast-paced lifestyle, Dr. Jang and Dr. Jung take a patient-by-patient approach to health, believing every client is unique and therefore requires a unique course of treatment. Drawing upon four types of acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional guidance, and other natural therapies, the doctors tailor their care to treat the gen—or root—of each patient's maladies.
Technicians at Bay Area Laser Therapy help specialize in herbal body wraps that help patients shed inches and conquer cellulite. Engineered by a biochemist from the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, each wrap is packed with an herbal formula designed to cleanse tissues and contour the body without dehydrating the skin. Natural ingredients help elevate circulation, lymph flow, and nerve relay races within the body, which may aid in the removal of trapped waste and help restore skin elasticity. Technicians further help guests lose weight with fat-melting Lipo-Light body contouring, which helps the body flush out excess fat or burn it for energy.
A foot rub is more than just a foot rub at Harmony Reflexology. The massage therapists here knead specific points on the soles and hands in an effort to combat aches and ailments throughout the body. The idea behind the treatments is that various organ systems and glands respond to this strategically administered, healing pressure. The therapists also perform full-body treatments, such as Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages, which they can combine with reflexology for a soothing head-to-toe experience.
When he returned from Vietnam as a US Army Ranger in 1969, Doctor of Chiropractic Watson brought back a souvenir that would change his life: a severely injured back. Disillusioned with the impersonal approach of his medical team, he refused surgery, even though his pain persisted. Finally, a friend recommended chiropractic care, which not only relieved Dr. Watson's discomfort but also inspired him to become a chiropractor himself. His commitment to the surgery-free, holistic discipline was redoubled years later, when his 12-year-old daughter was diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis. Dr. Watson devoted his days and nights to scoliosis research, and his office became a certified scoliosis treatment center.
Today, Dr. Watson alchemizes his own health successes into a chiropractic practice that helps others lead lives free of pain and anvil-stuffed backpacks. Aside from treating aches with rehabilitation and chiropractic machines, he renders sleeker figures with nutrition counseling and Zerona treatments.