Licensed and board-certified oriental-medicine practitioner Shadye Peyvan considered the entire history of health care to select her profession and inform her practice at Green Wellness Acupuncture. She noticed that continuous study helped Western medicine become safe and effective, and that non-Western, holistic techniques had been similarly honed over several millennia, but had been overshadowed by modern technology's neon billboards. To revive them, she enrolled in South Baylo University, where she graduated with honors in oriental medicine, acupuncture, and herbology.
The tranquil office balances intuitive health care with the scientific aspects of acupuncture, which the World Health Organization reports is a clinically proven therapy for more than two dozen ailments, including rheumatoid arthritis and hay fever. Preliminary consultations empower patients to help guide their care while developing trust, a necessity given that Peyvan specializes in reproductive, emotional, and neurological disorders. Tea service uses an age-old ritual to erase anxiety of visiting the doctor or encountering the Mad Hatter.
In 1999, Matthew Castaneda began developing exercise programs for his friends and family. As his reputation grew, so did his clientele base, which quickly expanded to include business professionals, athletes, and stay-at-home moms. More than a decade later, and with countless hours spent perfecting his craft, Matthew opened the doors to Pasadena Muscle Company in his hometown. There, he does what he's always done: engineer customized workout programs for people interested in building mass, losing weight, or gaining strength. In addition to one-on-one training, Matthew also offers boot-camp-style workouts conducted in small groups.
Trainers Brandon Williams and Robert De Leon get clients in shape with personalized, one-of-a-kind fitness and nutrition plans. They lead both semi-private sessions with two to three trainees and private sessions where there's only one trainee and pep talks are whispered in code. The duo also offers sports-specific training. Brandon says he "has been personally training athletes and their parents" for nearly a decade; when he's not at San Marino Athletic Club, he's serving as a strength and conditioning coach for the San Marino High School basketball team.
The exercise enthusiasts at Women’s World Fitness Center chase guests toward fitness goals with a posse of group workouts designed especially for women. With the help of an attentive teacher, Group Power students add muscle tone, subtract calories, and find the square root of pi through a series of squats and presses. Zumba and Cardio Salsa pair easy-to-follow moves with Latin rhythms to dance away stress. Up to 15 pedalers bolster their cardio health in music-fueled spinning sessions, and exercisers of all levels learn jabs, hooks, and empowering self-defense maneuvers in kickboxing classes. The gym also promotes sound minds to fill healthy bodies by offering Pilates, two types of yoga, and an atmosphere that fosters collaboration and encouragement rather than full-contact jumping-jack duels. Consult the schedule for class dates and times.