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.
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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At Health Performance Chiropractic, Doctor of Chiropractic Darius Bunyad cares for his patients with a whole-body health regimen that easily adjusts to address all body types, from athletes to pregnant women to children. He became a chiropractor because he wanted to fight spinal misalignment—which he says is the root of most aches and pains, particularly those associated with age—and to focus on improving overall wellness. Dr. Bunyad cares so much about this problem that he began volunteering in his home country of Afghanistan in order to help those in need of spinal adjustments and additional medical care. Dr. Bunyad’s compassion and dedication to patient care led him to establish Health Performance Chiropractic in 2011, and he has already overseen the treatment of hundreds of residents with chiropractic services and restorative massage therapy. Because he also believes that overall wellness involves positive self-esteem, Dr. Bunyad uses Zerona laser treatments to reduce inches as well as to help train his laser-tag team, the Fightin' Lumbars, for future battles.