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.
Warm caramel hues swirl throughout Au Natural, where Ocean + and G.M. Collin’s natural plant- and marine-extracts-derived products nourish patrons during a spectrum of services. For the face, specialists carry out treatments to eliminate acne-causing bacteria, as well as oxygen-infused peels to counteract the effects of taking multiple trips around the sun.
The board-certified medical duo of LaserDoc, Dr. Bruce E. Thompson and Irina Abovsky-Akkerman, sweep away strands and bulges during physician-designed laser skincare treatments that use the HarmonyXL and AccentXL systems. Clients can begin their skin-clearing journey through two sessions of laser hair removal, a process that saturates unwanted follicles with the HarmonyXL's targeting light beams to lessen hair visibility and negate new growth. Through the Accent system, patients can bid adieu to lax skin and cellulite with a dual dose of nonsurgical laser treatments that tighten connective tissues. The treatment helps freshly taut body covers reduce visible fat volume and increase surface tension to deflect misaimed paper airplanes.
Personal training may be the workout method of choice for some exercisers, but the trainer at Next Level Personal Fitness Systems knows that others thrive in a group environment. That's why Next Level offers both personal training and small-group training to help clients restore their bodies to working order.
If The Foot Spa and Tea Bar’s the trickling water fountain, botanical art, and drifting herbal aromas don’t immediately mark it as a tranquil haven, its lengthy list of commendations will. Readers of Oakland Magazine named it the Best Spa in 2012 and the Best Place to Treat Your Feet in 2011, and the magazine's editors called it the Most Relaxing Place to Take a Load Off in 2010. The cozy, Asian-inspired spa has also been nominated in the Best Day Spa category on the San Francisco A-List.
Inside the spa’s lauded confines, skilled massage therapists and reflexologists perform treatments ranging from acupressure and shiatsu sessions to soothing aromatherapy massages with lavender, ginger, and peppermint essential oils. At the tea bar, guests sip complimentary loose-leaf varieties grown in the mountains of China while gargling responses to the nearby water fountain.