An interest in computer systems brought Martin Canovas to California from his native country of Brazil in 2001, but it would be another complex system that would keep him here. Following his heart, Martin made the move from systems engineer to holistic healer, earning both a master's in traditional Chinese medicine and certification in orthopedic sports medicine. Today, the licensed acupuncturist and herbalist strives to treat people, not their symptoms, by determining root causes before recommending a treatment path that will spark the body's innate healing abilities and latent superpowers. Plans may include the insertion of sterile acupuncture needles to unblock bodily energy as well as herbal supplements to bolster healing. Martin also offers tui na, a blend of massage and acupressure, in his attempts to assuage maladies such as fatigue, gastrointestinal conditions, and allergies.
Certified clinical hypnotherapist Daniel Gross initially became interested in hypnosis to help himself lose weight, beat stress, and regain general health. He created Living Lite Weight Loss to help others with the skills he honed while helping himself. Daniel aims to turn negative habits into positive ones, resolve emotional traumas, an establish new patterns of thought for optimal mental and physical performance. He helps clients at Living Lite seminars and out of his confidential Scotts Valley office with issues that include emotional eating, sugar cravings, and negative body image. Daniel also offers in-house visits and sessions via Skype.
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.
Rochelle L. Cook, a hypnotherapist with a master's degree in spiritual psychology, draws on training in gestalt therapy, dream tending, and other healing practices to increase the well-being of children, teenagers, and adults. Rochelle also works with the film industry to coach and has been featured in a documentary helping patients with diabetes. Visitors to Transformational Hypnosis can target issues ranging from nail biting to depression or attend weight-loss hypnotherapy sessions that help define and prevent the triggers of overeating. With MP3 downloads of guided hypnotherapy imagery, clients can continue treatment at home.
Tamara Nakhjavani holds a handful of titles, including mother and community activist. But at Moonlit Soul Energy Therapy, the only one that really matters is energy healer. After all, Tamara's clients depend on her talents in the realms of reiki, emotional-freedom technique, and chakra and crystal healing. No matter which method she uses, Tamara gives the body's natural healing systems a boost so they can work more effectively.