For centuries, Chinese medicine has espoused a holistic understanding of the body centered on the energy channels that connect every fiber of a person?s being. Acupuncture focuses on balancing these energy channels to relieve health problems that range from chronic pain to substance addiction. Led by owners Whitney Schatz and Elizabeth Sailer, the staffers at Petaluma Community Acupuncture administer community-style acupuncture treatments in an open room with plush recliners. Working in a group setting helps keep their prices down and allows patients the added emotional benefit of healing in the presence of friends, family members, and unrequited high-school crushes.
David Russell, licensed acupuncturist and certified sports-medicine massage therapist, runs Russell Family Acupuncture alongside co-owner and office manager Heidi Russell. After studying acupuncture and herbal medicine at the Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, David was inspired to target eye conditions through these holistic healing techniques.
Aquarium maintenance might seem like a strange background for an expert in neuromuscular therapy and deep-tissue massage, but that's exactly how massage therapist Lynne Luckow got her start. She decided to change careers after reading about the health benefits of massage and went on to study anatomy, physiology, and medical massage at Aesthetics University. She opened Healing Hands Therapy Center in 1993 and continued her training with renowned professionals in the field of alternative medicine. Eventually, she grew her practice to the point where she was working 12 hours a day, six days a week, roughly the amount of time it takes to give a full-body massage to a really big whale. Luckow knew it was time to expand: the center is now home to eight highly trained massage therapists, who earned it nominations in CityVoter's Best Massage category in 2011.
In addition to performing massages, Luckow promotes physical and emotional healing with Ayurvedic counseling and meditation. She has further rounded out her team with licensed acupuncturist Brenda Sherman, who holds a Master of Science in acupuncture and oriental medicine.
Ronit Gesundheit's and Ryan Dempsey's happy patients and readers of the Bohemian voted Community Acupuncture of Marin the Best Acupuncturist in Marin in 2011. The exposure of this award helps Ronit and Ryan share with the area their clinic's mission of providing affordable alternative medicine priced on a sliding scale and treating all degrees of pain, along with stress, addictions, allergies, and hopeless crushes.
Ronit received her training at American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, regularly attends continuing-education sessions, and maintains a raw-vegan blog. Ryan discovered the benefits of acupuncture while recovering from a shoulder injury. He went on to receive his masters degree at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and he now brings wellness to his patients with acupuncture and tui na.
During relaxing shiatsu sessions, licensed acupuncturist Carine Camara translates the healing power of her usual needlework into pressure-point therapy. The shiatsu technique staves away muscle aches with a combination of massage strokes, stretches, and finger and palm pressure, targeting meridians throughout the body to unblock chi traffic jams and restore order to energy highways. A single finger can deliver the amount of force necessary to bring the body back into balance and to activate the spinal button that changes the client's eye color. The practitioner's knees and elbows also join in on the muscle-kneading session, honing in on specific pressure points to relieve tension and discomfort.
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