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Licensed posturist and certified massage therapist, Cavan Collins, aids clients in straightening their stances to restore flexibility, realign spines, and increase athleticism. Reposturing combines stretching, massage, and postural exercises utilizing the power of breath. The spinal technician customizes treatments to individual goals and can work to relieve chronic pain from repeated movements in athletics, work, or attempts to mimic the drinking bird on one's desk.

10951 San Pablo Ave
El Cerrito,
CA
US

Dr. William Ellis sharpened his corneal crafting skills at the side of Professor Syvatslov Fyodorov, the father of modern radial keratotomy, and has since completed more than 50,000 LASIK procedures in his career. With a keen focus on personal attention and individual patient needs, he performs every laser vision surgery at all six Ellis Eye & Laser Medical Center locations, relying on an armory of advanced technology to map eye terrain, correct vision, and prepare patrons to work as a chameleon’s parole officer. Further showcasing his knowledge on the subject, Dr. Ellis has written a medical textbook on eye surgery entitled Keratotomy Surgery for Myopia, Hyperopia and Astigmatism.

6500 Fairmount Ave
El Cerrito,
CA
US

In Sanskrit, the word “niroga” means “freedom from disease.” Staying true to their business' namesake, the instructors and healers at Niroga Yoga Studio strive to guide students down a path of mental, physical, and spiritual healing. The aforementioned path takes on a literal form in the palatial exercise space—students lie on mats beside a path formed in the floorboards that leads to an image of a blossoming lotus. Beneath spheres of soft light, teachers walk about to offer modifications for poses or inspirational shadow puppets. They hold classes that are meditative, therapeutic, or fitness oriented, and regularly offer separate workshops on stress management and the physiological benefits of yoga practice. There are also yoga therapists and massage therapists that can further aid in healing and finding peace of mind.

The nonprofit Niroga Institute, which specializes in transforming the lives of incarcerated youth, underserved high-school students, and cancer survivors, operates Niroga Yoga Studio.

111 Fairmount Ave
Oakland,
CA
US

They say the body is a temple, but treating it like one is a challenge. The chiropractors, sports-medicine practitioners, and physical therapists at Innersport Chiropractic help keep active bodies in top shape by providing holistic healing and preventive services. By conducting client histories and video analyses of athletes in motion, the team can determine the underlying causes of muscle pain or help athletes train to compete at a higher level. Massages and adjustments are also at the core of the center's practices, helping active people get back on their feet without medicine or surgery.

1250 Addison St
Berkeley,
CA
US

Dr. Howard Ortman's medical career spans more than 30 years, four hospitals, and his own private practice, where he now cares for foot and ankle maladies with both conservative and surgical treatments. He and his staff uphold prompt diagnosis, early intervention, and prevention as essential tenants for maintaining the health of feet. To this end, they use x-rays and diagnostic ultrasounds to uncover pedal woes, perform in-office surgery with safe sedation methods such as local anesthesia, and keep feet aesthetically pleasing with laser treatments for nail fungus, warts, in-grown toenails, and in-grown shoes. In his quest to stay on top of the most advanced techniques, Dr. Ortman regularly attends conferences sponsored by esteemed institutions.

711 D Street
San Rafael,
CA
US

At Bay Area Bodywork, Tia Monroe applies the knowledge she gleaned while attending the National Holistic Institute. Before she opened her own practice, she honed her skills at fitness centers and spas. Today, this certified massage therapist soothes aches and subdues stress with her own unique blend of Swedish, shiatsu, and deep-tissue techniques. Her therapeutic massage sessions combine Swedish and deep-tissue strokes, and her aromatherapy massages blend the aforementioned modalities with essential oils to invigorate the senses. Tia also warms up basalt river stones before using them in hot-stone massages that loosen curmudgeonly knots caused by the words of unlovable curmudgeons.

2940 Summit St
Oakland,
CA
US