Though Alex Tuggle had been receiving alternative healing treatments such as acupuncture and qi gong from his mother since early childhood, he had no idea how drastically those techniques would later change his life. At the age of 12, Tuggle was hit by a car while rollerblading without a protective helmet. He was unconscious as medical personnel rushed him to the UCLA emergency room with a serious head injury and a broken left ankle. After days in intensive care, Tuggle went home wearing a cast stretching from his hip to his foot. In the years that followed, he began to feel intense pressure in his head and stiffness in his neck; a chiropractor told him that his hips were completely out of alignment and that he had severe scoliosis. He tried chiropractic treatment, acupuncture, and biofeedback therapy without noticeable results. But after continuously practicing qi-gong exercises and getting regular acupuncture treatments and deep-tissue shiatsu massages, Tuggle's muscles began to loosen. He also made dietary changes, avoiding sugar and alcohol and nourishing his body with Chinese herbs. Eventually, his mind and nervous system recovered from the trauma caused by the accident. Tuggle harnessed the lessons learned during his dramatic recovery and decided to share them with others. He went on to become a licensed acupuncturist and earned his master of science degree in traditional Chinese medicine from Yo San University in Los Angeles. At Golden Wellness Center, he helps heal patients with the same holistic processes that gave him his life back. Together with massage therapist April Hairell, Tuggle addresses chronic pain and adrenal fatigue with hands-on and energy-based massage modalities such as shiatsu and medical qi gong. In addition to acupuncture and herbal therapy, Tuggle offers hair-analysis services to determine a person's heavy-metal toxicity or likelihood of winning a Shirley Temple look-alike contest.
Hot Body Fitness harnesses the power of the stationary velocipede to transform excess weight into sweat and burn off stress in big cool-looking fireballs. During the 45-minute spin classes, students will sink their ears into mellifluous, adrenaline-stoking tunes while pedal-pounding away on state-of-the-art Spinner NXT bikes. Hot Body's certified instructors will challenge complacent legs and cardiovascular systems with a gamut of riding exercises, including climbs, sprints, jumps, and cruises. Membership also includes discounts on Hot Body Fitness’s other classes, such as yoga, Zumba, Pilates, and differential calculus.
Dedicated to improving the physical and aesthetic health of their clients’ skin, the physicians and trained technicians at Asta Center for Cosmetic & Laser Skin Care brandish an arsenal of high-tech laser tools designed to combat numerous epidermal ailments. They swathe skin in noninvasive, high-energy light beams, working to expunge unwanted body hair, erase tattoos and scars, and diminish sun damage and acne. The lasers also target signs of aging, including spider veins and wrinkles. To further renovate façades, the center’s staff can recommend top-grade skincare products, nix lines with Botox or Dysport injections, or add sequins to newly purchased luchador masks.
When the team at Neighborhood Wellness Center decided they wanted to add anti-aging services to their body-transformation mission, one staff member knew just what to do. Michelle, after 19 years of helping her clients keep their bodies healthy, went to beauty college to become a licensed aesthetician. Inside Neighborhood Wellness, Michelle runs Rejuvenate You. It is here that she promotes healthy skin with a variety of treatments to help rebalance oils, replenish and rejuvenate skin, and eliminate signs of aging with needle-free treatments. Neighborhood Wellness Center also offers massage therapy, ionic foot-detox therapy, and doctor-supervised detox cleansing to help clients lose weight before swimsuit season.
When Natural Rhythm Healing Hut’s founder Farcia De’Toles Medearis opened her spa in 1999, she knew she wanted to model it after healing centers found in indigenous West African villages. Farcia told the San Leandro Patch that, as a child in Liberia, she watched her grandmother concoct herbal remedies and lead traditional healing dances, which inspired a deep appreciation for dance and movement in healing. Each of Natural Rhythm’s massage modalities uses techniques based on these dances to speed recovery by employing music and cadenced body movements that tune into a person’s inner rhythm and natural theme song. Even the lobby mimics a traditional healing hut with tribal patterns, rounded treatment rooms, and hand-painted murals featuring rural African scenes.
Some of the treatments offered at this retreat include 60- to 90-minute massages that mingle Eastern and Western strokes as well as herbal body wraps designed to detoxify, tighten, and smooth the skin. Farcia also leads healing fitness classes such as Nia, a program that combines dance, martial arts, and yoga to tone the body and relieve stress. All therapists at her practice have a health-education background and receive ongoing training in the center’s special bodywork techniques.
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.