To Dr. Michael A. Duncan, one thing is clear: the body is no mere machine. It may consist of working parts such as the spine, brain, heart, and lungs, but it is so much more than the sum of these parts. Whereas traditional medicine focuses on treating each part of the body individually, Dr. Mike takes an inside-out approach that respects the body's capacity for self-healing. The chiropractor checks and adjusts the spine during routine exams, gently easing any blockages that might affect the body's innate ability to control its own systems. He's so convinced of the lifelong benefits of chiropractic that he's even devised special care for children and newborns.
The instructors at Greening Place Yoga & Wellness break down the barriers that prevent people from achieving alignment in mind, body, and spirit. They do so with a variety of yoga and wellness classes, offered at a little white house on Blaine Street. Inside, students practice restorative Vinyasa, beginners yoga, and early morning slow flow classes.
After graduating from Los Angeles Chiropractic College, Dr. Craig Ellison brought a holistic approach to the back treatments he was licensed to perform. He uses the Activator method, a noninvasive technique that emphasizes speed instead of force during chiropractic adjustments to treat both children and adults. Aided by a battery of equipment, including an electromyography scanner, the doctor of chiropractic works to aid in recovery after injuries, accidents, and weekends spent helping Wile E. Coyote move into a new apartment. In addition to adjustments, Dr. Ellison empowers his patients with at-home corrective exercises and nutritional supplements.
At Zuma Massage, owner and founder Russell Walgamott forges Eastern and Western massage techniques into completely customizable treatments. The licensed massage therapist, versed in Swedish massage, anatomy and physiology, and Chinese tui na massage, offers soothing sessions in 60-, 90-, and 120-minute increments. Clients can choose between tailor-made custom strokes designed to alleviate their specific maladies or a stress-reducing hot-stone massage. No matter the treatment, Russell confidently backs his services with a 100% guarantee. If a client is not completely satisfied, he'll try again with a complimentary massage or give them a free puppy. Satisfied clients, meanwhile, can enroll in Zuma’s contract- and fee-free membership program, which provides discounts on future services and gift cards.
Leanne Pfaff at Bodywork Boutique believes that massage has many uses beyond pain relief. It can increase flexibility and mobility, clear lactic acid from muscles, and prepare the therapist to make bread from scratch later on. At her studio, she performs multiple modalities ranging from the broad, low-pressure strokes of Swedish massage to the firm kneads of deep-tissue massage, which is designed to relieve severe tension and is best for individuals who experience consistent pain. Her prenatal massages aim to improve mobility, relax tense muscles, and ease sore spots for mothers-to-be.