Therapists Maude Schellhous and Eve Dias help clients overcome mental hurdles blocking their goals for better lifestyles. Hypnotherapy can help tackle tough goals such as losing weight or alleviating anxiety and depression. Sessions can help clients lose weight by alleviating cravings and the desire for junk food while strengthening the desire to exercise and keep a balanced diet. A tome of testimonials chronicles clients' success in hypnotherapy, from smokers learning to kick the habit to pocket watches overcoming their fear of swinging. During a session, the patient retains total control while the hypnotherapist helps create a sense of relaxation, encouraging the subconscious mind to receive and retain helpful suggestions and affirmations.
Kevin Allen earned his personal training certification in 1989, but he didn’t stop there. Instead, he layered more expertise and experience onto his resume with every passing year, finally founding Namaste Personal Training to share his wealth of fitness knowledge with as many clients as possible. Now the gym has been named Oakland magazine's best gym in the East Bay in 2012 and 2013, a title Allen and his team of four trainers uphold by addressing patrons’ individual fitness goals in one-on-one personal training sessions, or obliterating bucket loads of calories in group fitness classes. They also tailor introductory fitness courses exclusively to beginners, lowering class size, shortening duration, and eliminating exercises that involve flaming jump ropes.
Psychic Janet Fisher claims she gave her first confirmed prediction when she was just 9 years old. Taking this as a divine sign, she spent the following decades honing her abilities. Now, with more than 30 years of experience as a professional licensed psychic and life coach, she focuses on helping others through spiritual and relationship healing. Though Janet's specialty is psychically aiding clients in searches for their soulmates, she also builds up their self-esteem to help them achieve goals such as earning a promotion at work or discovering the place where all the house keys hide. Additionally, Janet may walk clients through past-life regression, a technique believed to help release painful memories, or perform the Indian art of chakra-balancing, believed to boost positive energy. She also still makes her signature predictions through tarot, crystal-ball, and palm readings.
Certified hypnotherapists oversee both private and group sessions at Sol Mind Body, calling upon hypnosis and guided meditation to help their clients relax or work through specific hurdles. Rather than focus on symptoms of issues, such as depression, hormone imbalance, and insomnia, they aim to remove the root cause of disorders by tapping into the subconscious. In doing so, they know that no two patients are the same, so they work to come up with a personalized treatment plan for each client.
While Much Kneaded Zen Massage offers Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, rehabilitative, and Shiatsu massages, therapists mix-and-match techniques to ensure each client receives a custom massage that addresses their needs. Treatment rooms are also used by an esthetician who facials that incorporate masques, exfoliations, extractions, and skin-enhancing serums. Waxing services remove unwanted fur from faces, legs, backs, or a coworker's mink coat.
Melanie Channell has studied metaphysics for more than two decades. In that time, she’s racked up certification in more than 50 healing modalities, ranging from crystal healing, spiritual counseling, and numerology, to one-on-one reiki energy healing. Clients can also solicit Melanie for a personal tarot reading, which can aid in difficult decisions about finances, relationships, and peanut-butter preference.