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.
Certified members of the National Guild of Hypnotists, the husband-and-wife team of James D. and Lynn C. Swearingen have been tapping into patients' subconscious since 2006. The duo delves into clients’ minds to discover causes of anxiety, low self-esteem, and emotional trauma before taking steps toward behavioral change. Their treatments also help guests quit smoking, navigate 12-step counseling, or overcome their fear of taking tests while submerged in a shark tank. During each personalized appointment, the Swearingens train patients in self-hypnosis, which requires a minimum of four 50- to 90-minute sessions to master.
Hypnotherapy often conjures up images of magician-like performers who cause audience members to strut around the stage like chickens. But for professional hypnotherapist Rich D. Rios, Jr., this type of stage hypnotherapy is vastly different than what he does. As he promises on his website, he won’t make anyone cluck like a chicken unless that is their goal. Instead, the master's-degree-holding Rios, who is trained in basic, clinical, advanced, and medical hypnotherapy, helps his clients reach a controlled, trance-like state. This process is designed to keep them completely conscious and able to delve into entrenched issues or solve complex crossword puzzles. Through in-depth, one-on-one sessions, Rios helps his clients address concerns such as smoking, chronic pain, and phobias.
BAPWC offers a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to treating chronic pain. Our provider team includes physicians, nurse practitioners, wellness instructors, art therapists, marriage and family therapists, a dentist that specializes in oral facial pain, acupunturists, psychologists, and phsyical therapists.
Carrying on the work of Oakbay Chiropractic's now-retired founder Doctor of Chiropractic Jan Corwin, Mylo Magtoto and Sidharth Verma treat sports injuries and spines with adjustments and holistic soft-tissue therapies. Dr. Mylo and Dr. Verma, native East Coasters, met and became pals while studying at Life Chiropractic College West, and then decided to go into practice on the sunnier side of the country. They use the active release technique to solve problems stemming from overused muscles and treat tight muscles with heat and uplifting power ballads. Onsite imaging equipment allows them to view x-rays and check nerve disturbances caused by subluxations.