At Premier Massage & Spa, Robert Miko gives the ancient practice of acupuncture a 21st-century update. Using the computerized AcuGraph 4, he assesses the status of each body's meridians before applying fine needles the old-fashioned way. When it comes to massage, however, Miko and his highly trained staff stick to the classic approach. Available for individual or couples sessions, Premier's massage therapists relieve achy muscles and knead away knots with mixtures of slow Swedish strokes and deep-tissue techniques. For a soothing finale, try Steamy Wonder, a layer of body mud or polish packed with detoxifying herbs.
Acupuncturist and Oriental medicine expert Joseph Zen holistically treats his patients for conditions ranging from chronic pain to addiction, making full use of the eponymous Acupuncture and Herbs. Services include acupuncture or acupressure, which similarly access key meridians across the body to help restore balance and eliminate pain or discomfort. Patients may also be supplied with Chinese herbal blends, which draws on more than 5,000 years of knowledge, tradition, and smelling like herbs.
Club Reduce’s staff works closely with clients to help them lose weight and improve their lifestyles. Health services range from basic medical assessments to the latest body treatments, such as cellulite-reducing wraps. Each custom weight-loss program begins with a one-on-one consultation and computerized health assessment, which can uncover barriers to well-being, including high blood pressure and spontaneous hiccups.
On the surface, asthma, low libido, migraines, and indigestion all seem very different. But they do share a common thread: they’re all conditions that Dr. Samuel Y. Kim treats with acupuncture. The proud owner of a PhD and a license to perform acupuncture, Dr. Kim uses his expertise during sessions of eight-bodily-constitution acupuncture. This specialized discipline emphasizes treating the root cause of an ailment as opposed to its symptoms. It also incorporates a broader way to help prevent disease, which is why Dr. Kim also offers consultations on optimizing diets to establish and maintain good health.
When a year of physical therapy failed to heal the neck injury Jonathan Mates sustained during a rugby match, he turned to acupuncture. Like 2,500 years worth of patients before him, Mates found that acupuncture swiftly relieved his symptoms.
Inspired, he enrolled at Five Branches University, an academy of Chinese medicine where he specialized in pain management and sports medicine. Even after graduating at the top of his class, however, Mates didn’t feel his education was complete. So he built a raft out of acupuncture needles and sailed to China, where he studied with acupuncturists and physicians. Upon returning to the United States, Mates spent more than 300 hours in orthopedics training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Today, Mates' specialties also include rotator-cuff injuries, neck injuries, and sciatica pain. These are part of a wide breadth of clinic services, including holistic-healing treatments such as cupping, herbal medicine, and massage.
When Taylor J. Winn isn't helping patients to drop pounds at The Biggest Loser’s resort, where she holds the position of official acupuncturist, she can be found at Taylored Acupuncture, her peaceful practice in downtown Santa Barbara. There, she delicately inserts tiny acupuncture needles into the skin, promoting weight loss or treating issues that range from anxiety to cerebral palsy. She also prescribes chinese herbs to patients, providing natural relief.