Whether navigating shady avenues on a walk around the block or helping climbers stake their claim as masters of nature atop the snowy peaks of Mt. Everest, the human body's immaculate machinery helps people turn their desires into reality. But, like any machine, bodies occasionally break down. When that happens, it's time to consult experts like the ones found at Ladera Acupuncture. There, Dr. Scott MacAdam soothes aching backs and realigns disjointed spines with precision chiropractic care learned during more than two decades of private practice experience. In addition to traditional adjustments, Dr. MacAdam prepares athletes for the upcoming season with spinal traction and roller massage tables, and eliminates allergy stressors with CranioBiotic treatments. His licensed staff of massage therapists, acupuncturists, two associate doctors also eases woes with holistic treatments, and guides clients toward optimal health with simple diet changes, such as eating more plant-based foods and less concrete.
Meredith Morisoli, the smiling face behind The Point Acupuncture, is a California-licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. As a diplomat of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, she specializes in acupuncture therapy—the practice of using tiny, disposable, sterile needles to treat trigger points on the body that can correspond to stress, back pain, sciatica, and addictions. She also uses her vast knowledge to perform services that include Chinese cupping massage, acupressure, and nutritional counseling.
Licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist Matt Greene runs SereneQi Acupuncture with his mantra "health through balance” as his guide. Before any treatment, he listens to his patients' needs, relying on the open dialogue to help eradicate maladies such as anxiety, stress, and pain. Once deciding on a course of action, Matt begins treatments, which range from acupuncture to cupping to massage, which can increase circulation and loosen muscles more effectively than doing downward-facing dog in a hot tub.:
Diana Bailey-Tudor is a licensed massage therapist with more than 20 years of experience mending muscles. While nestled in her cozy San Clemente studio, clients can seek a table or mat massage using such techniques as shiatsu, Swedish strokes, reiki energy healing, and deep-tissue pressure. When not removing charley horses in her human clients, Diana offers equine bodywork to ease tension in horses that may be named Charlie.
Biorient Integrative Clinic owner Dr. Katalin Csoka combines the best of Eastern- and Western-medical perspectives. After studying conventional Western medicine in her native Hungary, establishing a family practice, and working as a licensed pulmonologist, Dr. Csoka packed up her belongings and rode a dala horse to Scandinavia. She earned a PhD in clinical pharmacology in Sweden, and her extensive cancer research has appeared in numerous articles that have been published in professional journals. Dr. Csoka is also a licensed acupuncturist, and has undergone advanced training in traditional Chinese medicine in California.
Dr. Csoka believes that illness and disease stem from distortions in the body's energy network or organ function. As such, she uses natural methods that incorporate physical and mind-body healing. Within her private, welcoming office—which is affiliated with Mission Hospital—Dr. Csoka performs auricular and esoteric acupuncture, as well as cupping and Japanese shiatsu acupressure treatments. She interprets the results of micronutrient and food-sensitivity testing, and recommends herbal formulas to supplement nutritional intake or enhance the ability to find four-leaf clovers. Practicing what she preaches, Dr. Csoka herself has not taken any pharmaceuticals in more than eight years.
Salon 117 & Essence Day Spa treats tender outer layers to the touch-ups and rubdowns they so earnestly crave. The combo massage rubs out tension in a session that alternates between gentle Swedish strokes and diligent deep-tissue techniques.