Flourish figures that if doctors ask you to fill out questionnaires before they treat you, other people who influence your health should do so, too. That's why the studio's massage therapists—each of whom has hundreds of hours of training—do exactly that, using the information the client provides to determine an appropriate bodywork approach. And their toolbox is packed. Their signature and premium massages encompass Swedish, shiatsu, reflexology, and trigger-point modalities, among others.
Treatments take place in private rooms where soft music plays. They usually occur with the client covered only in fresh, clean sheets, but clients can wear as much clothing or as many pork chops as they need to feel comfortable.
Registered dispensing optician Patrick Fasano of Focus Opticians personalizes peepers with carefully calibrated lenses and distinctive frames. Scratch-resistant lenses (a $139 value) stylishly block rays while increasing the safety factor of nuzzling equatorial cactuses. Next door to the main show room, Focus Opticians' optical outlet store stocks some designer-name frames as well as closeout and discontinued styles (a $99 value). Each customer also receives a free glasses case and cleaning cloth with his or her purchase. Consultations range from 20 to 30 minutes and conclude with increased clarity, allowing patrons to resume the vision-intensive process of retracing ant footsteps.
As Ross Valley CrossFit states on their website, they’re focused on creating a workout that’s “productive, not destructive.” That said, the CrossFit system is intense, and the trainers push their students to the limit during daily workouts populated with a variety of challenging but functional movements and exercises. Through the use of intuitive movements such as pushing, running, and texting, they prepare class participants for anything the day can throw at them, from hauling groceries to fireman-carrying a large person, running a marathon, or climbing a mountain. They mix up routines each day to keep things interesting; students may perform pushups and deadlifts one session before swinging kettlebells and running sprints the next. Paired with nutritional advice, workouts help those of all ages and fitness levels slim down, enhance agility and flexibility, and build brawn across all muscle groups.
At Spiral Womb Wisdom, massage therapist Christina Ricchi walks alongside women at any point in their life journeys, but she specializes in healing soon-to-be and new mothers. She not only alleviates the stressors of motherhood via pregnancy and postpartum massage, but also helps welcome newborns as a Conscious Birth doula. As a doula, her role in labor is to encourage and motivate women as they experience a natural birthing process.
At 19 years old, Linda Ballard moved across country to California, which introduced her to more than just friendly new faces. It introduced her to meditation and sparked an interest in healing practices that would carry throughout her life. At Healing Dharma, she puts her knowledge of the healing sciences to work helping ease the pain of others with reiki sessions, craniosacral therapy, and channeling. These natural methods help treat headaches, depression, and nervous disorders.
As a second-generation chiropractor who grew up exposed to chiropractic techniques, Doctor of Chiropractic Adam Cantor practices what he preaches. Personally, he has never taken a medication nor received a vaccine. Instead of shriveling up and blowing away, Dr. Cantor stays healthy and active, demonstrating the power of chiropractic medicine during hands-on exams and adjustments. After hunting down subluxations in the spine—areas where the nerve is being pinched by a slipped disk or the nerve’s grandmother—he shifts around internal components to take pressure off the nerve and allow it to continue relaying information to the body. His job completed, Dr. Cantor also finds time to give back to his community, hosting teacher-appreciation days and supporting local golf tournaments.
Armed with a clinical doctorate in acupuncture and Oriental medicine from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, licensed acupuncturist Lumiel Kim-Hammerich harnesses ancient healing arts to treat patients for more than 50 different conditions. During acupuncture treatments, tiny sterile needles, hands, or noninvasive tools stimulate specific points on the body, offering an alternative to medicine to alleviate sources of pain and stress. Healing takes place in a community setting, with a common room adorned with four massage tables or five recliner chairs that coddle visitors like a mother hen coddles her favorite stuffed animal. In addition to acupuncture, Lumiel also offers reflexology and Hanna somatics training on a private basis.
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