Licensed massage therapist Marci Graham prides herself on giving clients exactly the kind of massage they need. Whether her mission is to assuage chronic pain or simply aid in relaxation, Graham begins each session the same way—with an in-depth consultation about her client’s health history, treatment goals, and ability to lick his or her elbows. Once she has determined which of her six modalities will work best, Graham can further customize the session with options such as hot stones or Thai bodywork. As if this weren’t enough, she augments each session with tips and techniques gleaned from the ongoing-education courses she frequently attends.
During relaxing shiatsu sessions, licensed acupuncturist Carine Camara translates the healing power of her usual needlework into pressure-point therapy. The shiatsu technique staves away muscle aches with a combination of massage strokes, stretches, and finger and palm pressure, targeting meridians throughout the body to unblock chi traffic jams and restore order to energy highways. A single finger can deliver the amount of force necessary to bring the body back into balance and to activate the spinal button that changes the client's eye color. The practitioner's knees and elbows also join in on the muscle-kneading session, honing in on specific pressure points to relieve tension and discomfort.
Moonstone Skin and Body Care's seasoned specialists refresh the faces and relax the musculature of time-crunched patrons with two pampering services fit into a one-hour spa session. Aestheticians inaugurate stress-busting sessions with gentle cleansing and exfoliation that leave skin as fresh as the day it was velcroed onto your skull. Using Éminence's organic skincare line, staffers then layer visages in a soothing mask that creates a bright, balanced complexion sealed in with a moisturizing lotion. Moving on to the massage, therapists marshal a series of soothing strokes in Swedish or deep-tissue modalities, fashioning 30 minutes of knot unwinding for backs, leaving them as tension-free as a retired rubber band.
As a young girl in the Philippines, Jennifer Willis watched and took notes as her grandmother helped friends overcome chronic pain with a combination of massage, energy healing, and ancient medical herbs. She carried those memories with her to the United States, calling on them for inspiration as she spent time as a certified nursing assistant before earning a license to practice massage therapy.
Though far removed from her birthplace and the grandmother who first piqued her interest in holistic healing, The Healing Room represents the culmination of Jennifer’s medical journey. A cottage-style building obscured on the outside by a veritable forest of trees and bushes, the center opens its front doors to reveal a lobby decorated with salt lamps and silk throw pillows. The lush foliage outside presses up against the windows of the private treatment rooms, where Jennifer and her team of certified massage therapists, acupuncturists, and reiki healers restore bodies to factory-fresh conditions. Bask in a facial and footbath or surrender your muscles to therapist and martial-arts professional Lowell Noble, who breaks up tension with targeted pressure and deep-tissue karate chops.
Because Victoria Gagnebin is treating the body, she follows the same standard that doctors do: first, do no harm. She practices this mantra by only steeping skin in natural and organic products, thereby sparing clients exposure to chemicals that can take their toll over time. Victoria primarily works with products from Osmosis Skincare, a line that encourages cellular regeneration, but she also handpicks favorites from the collections of other natural skincare companies and the medicine cabinets of grizzly bears with great skin. These elixirs fuel a succinct selection of treatments; face and body waxing joins four facials named after different phases of the moon.
Although he's a licensed chiropractor and a certified Professional Applied Kinesiologist, Dr. Ilya Skolnikoff is most notable for his love of geometry—in particular, triangles. It's this shape that guides his signature services at Triad of Health Family Healing Center, where he treats each patient on a physical, nutritional, and emotional level. Whether he's devising herbal remedies, fine-tuning nutrition plans, or engaging in bodywork including spinal adjustments and acupressure, Dr. Skolnikoff is always on the lookout for the root causes of symptoms. His hunts often prove successful; his treatments may offer relief from ailments as diverse as chronic pain, allergies, and insomnia.
An interest in computer systems brought Martin Canovas to California from his native country of Brazil in 2001, but it would be another complex system that would keep him here. Following his heart, Martin made the move from systems engineer to holistic healer, earning both a master's in traditional Chinese medicine and certification in orthopedic sports medicine. Today, the licensed acupuncturist and herbalist strives to treat people, not their symptoms, by determining root causes before recommending a treatment path that will spark the body's innate healing abilities and latent superpowers. Plans may include the insertion of sterile acupuncture needles to unblock bodily energy as well as herbal supplements to bolster healing. Martin also offers tui na, a blend of massage and acupressure, in his attempts to assuage maladies such as fatigue, gastrointestinal conditions, and allergies.