In 1981, Rabia Erduman's search for truth led her from Istanbul, her country of origin, to an ashram in India, where a meditative spiritual experience amid thousands of people helped her discover that life offers each individual many options and that change is possible. She went on to earn a bachelor's degree in psychology and become a certified hypnotherapist, and now assists others who are struggling toward self-discovery. In addition to facilitating change via the subconscious mind, Erduman performs bodywork, such as reiki energy therapy and therapeutic massage.
Erduman leads self-awareness workshops and is the author of Veils of Separation, a modern-day fairy tale narrated from the perspective of the inner child. She has also created several CDs that guide people toward true happiness. Her relaxation CD mimics the sound of the ocean and the rhythm of waves, relaxing the mind so it can become fully still and attuned to the subtleties of a seashell's life story.
Armed with a master?s degree in Chinese Medicine, Oona Hull works to naturally detect and ease the source of poor health. Her practice, Acupuncture and Alternative Medicine Center, takes full advantage of Eastern medicine to offer patients a full flight of preventative care. Acupuncture treatments help relieve blockages in the body?s energy pathways, and natural herbs fill the holes in the Western diet commonly caused by eating too many processed foods.
Continuing the center?s theme of natural restoration, massage therapy is used to calm overworked muscles. The center also offers ancient qi gong therapies that help bolster the body?s energy and ability to heal itself, which is why UFC fighters often undergo qi gong mid-bout.
Aspects Advanced Face and Body may not be for the indecisive. Its vast menu of treatments spans the entire spectrum of spa options. This staggering range of treatments goes from decadent massages to beautifying facials and waxing sessions. For clients who truly can?t make up their minds, those who need a little extra time away from home, or those on the run from bounty hunters, Aspects tempts with a number of spa packages.
During every appointment at The Center of Integrative Chinese Medicine, the staff members take the same first step: they listen. Listening to their patients' needs and goals informs their treatment procedures, as it clues them in on the underlying causes of unrest that their patients feel. After that, they use acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and ancient Chinese medicine to treat a range of conditions, including hypertension, anxiety, bronchitis, tennis elbow, and dizziness.
Like most massage therapists, David Armstrong is interested in ridding clients of pain and increasing their range of motion. But unlike the others, he doesn't knead the part of the body experiencing pain; rather, he relies on neuromuscular therapy to discover and treat the source of the pain. He employs structural analysis, trigger-point therapy, and myofascial release, which has helped clients recover from very serious traumas. David also loves helping people de-stress during relaxing massages.
He learned his techniques from massage guru Venice Sullivan, an early pioneer of neuromuscular therapy who groomed him to follow in her footsteps. David now assists Venice in teaching neuromuscular therapy to new massage-therapy students. Clients who wish to supplement their bodywork sessions may also reach out to acupuncture specialist Glenn Sadowsky, who clients with natural medicine and acupuncture at Optimal Health Acupuncture and Bodywork. In addition to easing chronic and acute pain, while managing weight-loss goals, endocrine disorders, and asthma/allergies for his clients, he also shares herbal-supplement benefits with them.
As a teenager, Doctor of Chiropractic Pamela Kirkwood’s scoliosis forced her to wear back braces and to undergo surgery. She says she learned that there were better options years later when she earned her degree in chiropractic and became the first person in California to acquire board certification for the treatment of scoliosis. Since 1987, she's shared her expertise with patients at Kirkwood Chiropractic, treating them with techniques such as spinal realignment. The practice's specialists also massage backs, soothing pain and inducing relaxation by kneading muscles and never yelling facts about how common runaway trains are.