You've probably heard of Deepak Chopra. Perhaps you saw his name at a bookstore?so far he's written 80 books, 21 of which were New York Times bestsellers. Perhaps you saw him in the news?recently, he announced that he's starting an online meditation experience with Oprah. In between projects like those, however, he works at The Chopra Center, a health center he cofounded with the late David Simon, MD, almost 20 years ago.
Physical health is just one of Chopra's three aims at the center. He also aspires to emotional freedom and higher states of consciousness for his patients. He approach these aims with a toolkit of Eastern and Western therapies, especially emphasizing Ayurveda, a healing system developed in India more than 5,000 years ago. Their East-West-fusion approach is evident throughout the practice, just as much in the medical treatments as in the retreats. The signature Perfect Health retreat, for instance, unfolds at an oceanside resort, relaxing bodies and minds with a mix of meditation, healthcare, Ayurvedic cuisine, and yoga instruction on topics more interesting than how to truly understand your mat.
Certified hypnotherapist Lauren Grote draws on a background in psychology to help patients set and achieve goals. She consults with clients at the start of appointments, defining target issues such as anxiety, unwanted pounds, or an addiction to cigarettes. After coaxing them into a deeply relaxed state, she makes suggestions of empowerment and encouragement to be taken in by the subconscious mind. Patients can take home audio recordings of sessions to ponder over later or to play at a dance party.
With a name like The Tranquility Center, it's no surprise that this retreat floods bodies with a sense of calm using massage therapy. Its signature therapeutic massage calms clients into relaxing states and may include techniques from modalities such as relaxation, swedish, aromatherapy, deep-tissue, or hot stone. Those looking to purge toxins from their soles may also try an ionic footbath. Other holistic treatments include colon hydrotherapy and acupuncture to aid clients in meeting and managing their personal goals.
One of The Tranquility's main focus is healing groups, which help people deal with things such as sexual abuse and body image. Clients can expunge emotional baggage through the release techniques embodied in The Emotion Code, and parents-in-waiting can join a group for The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth. Additionally, Heal Your Life workshops based on the writings of Louise L. Hay; workshops are offered in a variety of formats for any group, and aid in self-discovery, releasing negative emotions, and learning to handle life more positively.
For years, Divine Grace Capitle-Yengo tried to fit in with the precepts of the corporate world, denying the clairvoyant nature that allowed her to perceive the deeper layers of life. Then, she decided it was time to stop pretending. Today, Divine shares her gifts with others nationally, globally, and inside the Jean Claude Salon & Spa in Hillcrest. She works to help her clients shake old habits and addictions or achieve goals through Hypnotherapy, Reiki, and Energy-Psychology sessions that blend aspects of Western psychotherapy with techniques such as needleless acupuncture. Divine also conducts intuitive readings for individuals.
Certified hypnotherapist Maureen A. Pisani founded Prioritize Yourself to align and strengthen bodies and spirits with alternative health and wellness services such as hypnosis, reflexology, and aromatherapy. During Pisani's popular one-hour hypnosis sessions, clients lounge in cozy recliners to receive subconscious suggestions on stress-relieving practices, weight-loss techniques, or how to be taller. Unlike subjects of stage hypnosis, patients at Prioritize Yourself are fully aware of their surroundings and in control, always able to act within their beliefs or end sessions at any time.