Healing Alternatives Meditation Center fosters a heightened awareness and deeper relationship with one's own body and mind. Founder Lisa Chapman-Sorci, a certified Komyo Reiki Kai teacher since 2001, employs skills honed in hospitals, wellness institutions, and animal hospitals to calm energy fields with the ancient Japanese practice of reiki. Certified practitioners host weekly introductions to Shoshin meditation held in their comfy meditation room adorned with soft red pillows and floor-to-ceiling windows. Through behavioral therapy and life coaching, certified therapist Alicia O'Hara gives patients the tools to manage day-to-day challenges and offers hypnotherapy as a way to connect with the subconscious mind. Patients also exercise bodies along with minds through yin yoga classes, which allow time to fully explore postures through a gentle soundtrack of one hand clapping.
Bob McCallister's teacher liked to compare a patient's symptom to the tip of a tree branch. Just as the branch can be traced back to its root, a symptom must be traced to its underlying cause?and only by treating the cause will symptoms disappear. Now a master of Oriental medicine, a certified medical qigong practitioner, and a licensed acupuncturist, Bob devotes himself to treating the root of patients? ailments with classic Chinese medicine.
Before administering a single healing technique, Bob examines each patient and draws up a personalized treatment plan. This could involve inserting hair-thin acupuncture needles at specific points of the body to adjust the flow of energy. Bob also prescribes custom herbal formulas to maintain the body?s energetic balance, and he performs medical qigong therapy to combat chronic pain and side effects from chemotherapy.
Cynthia Ruiz spent her corporate career helping others, but after 30 years, she wanted to do more. In 2005, she began looking for the services of a life coach, which eventually led her to the California Institute of Healing Arts. Cynthia walked away from the institute with a degree as a holistic health practitioner, alternative health practitioner, certified clinical hypnotherapist, certified behavioral therapist, and certified life coach. These disciplines are combined into holistic hypnotherapy programs to help clients achieve their goals, from eliminating smoking habits to losing unwanted pounds. Cynthia uses specialized hypnotherapy to remove mental blocks that inhibit growth and replaces them with thoughts that bolster inner-strength, all while clients remain conscious of themselves and their surroundings.
Three accomplished naturopathic doctors lead the team at Human Reconstruction, combining their knowledge of both conventional and alternative medicine to treat their patients. This multidisciplinary approach has enabled them to create a diverse palette of individualized medical services, including natural face-lifts that use the patient's blood to ease wrinkles and infertility treatments. Dr. Heather Wdowin-Weitman pairs her extensive education with her personal experience in sports medicine?she's circumnavigated the globe with only a backpack and a tiny animal guide, sailed the Nile, and hiked the Grand Canyon on nine occasions, and her current clients include active athletes in the NFL and UFC.
Certified colon hydrotherapist Dr. Barry Wachs, whose detoxing services have been profiled in Style magazine, clears and cleanses the body's lowermost tributaries through gentle irrigation. The discreet, hygienic facilities at The Colon Therapy Center include private treatment rooms and bathrooms, disposable plastic accessories, and plumbing that emits filtered water as pure as Snow White's thoughts. Dr. Wachs also helps clients rid their bodies of poisons with ionic footbaths, which employ ionic and low-voltage energy to banish internal detritus into the basin's roiling currents.
Belle Vie Skin Care's staff’s singular aim is to help their clients live the "belle vie," or beautiful life. They do so by focusing on the body's biggest organ, the skin, using DermaQuest Skin Therapy products. Naturally, they present a wide range of facials: there are 14 in all—enough to make each head of a 14-headed monster marginally less terrifying. These range from a quick 30-minute basic facial to more powerful treatments such as microdermabrasion, LED therapy, and chemical peels. As epidermis experts, they also specialize in waxing. Inside a private treatment room, a trained professional delicately removes the hair from bikini areas, the face, the back, and legs.