Rolfing is a system of bodywork that involves the reshaping of connective tissues, and it's been Ramone's area of expertise for the past two decades. During sessions, clients either stand or recline covered on a table as the certified Rolfer analyzes posture and feels for unevenness in tissue characteristics. He then applies deep pressure to the fascia with the aim of reversing the effects of gravity, which pulls down on the body until its alignment and powers of levitation are off. Ramone also offers tips on how to improve movement and body awareness, which can help prevent further strain or misalignment.
Certified by the American Board of Opticianry, the staffers at 20/20 Optical match faces with a pair of their more than 5,000 frames aided by customer-service chops that earned them a spot on Pacific Sun's Best of Marin Hall of Fame 2012. Their cache of glasses includes haute and stylish frames from designers such as Tom Ford, Lindberg, and Anne Et Valentin, which stand ready to welcome newly crafted single- or multifocal lenses. All lenses are cut with laser technology in 20/20’s own onsite laboratory by certified opticians.
At Mind Full Pilates, instructors follow Stephen Gavin's method of practice. Atop Reformers, students perform a high-intensity, 55-minute series of moves that challenge every major muscle group. The workout incorporates cardio and strength exercises that boost stability and range of motion so that it's easier to do backflips on a tightrope.
Arjay Parker came to yoga as a result of an intervention to help her deal with stress in the workplace; Jefferson Parker started while seeking a way to heal his body from a crippling injury. In the practice of Bikram and Power yoga, they not only found what they were looking for, but they also found each other. Soon teamed as husband and wife, the duo decided to open a dual yoga studio of their own. The newly christened Bikram Yoga San Rafael & Power Yoga San Rafael would boast two classrooms, each completely dedicated to one yogic form.
Today, the Parkers enlist the aid of other talented instructors they've met throughout the years to bend bodies with both kinds of yoga seven days a week. Their dedication has earned them Pacific Sun magazine’s Best Yoga Studio award for five years running and part of Pacific's Hall of Fame for three consecutive years, as well as countless high-fives from their appreciative students.
Licensed acupuncturist R.H. Leach, who has a PhD in oriental medicine, treats not only humans at Lotus Medical & Health Clinic, but also various breeds of dogs. She helps heal adults, children, and pooches, specifically treating their allergies to foods, plants, or cat enemies, with Eastern-medicine techniques such as acupuncture, acupressure, and homeopathic work. Leach uses wellness consultations to determine the proper course of treatment, but she has noticed throughout her decade of experience that children and dogs tend to respond best to acupressure, not acupuncture, techniques.
Certified massage therapist Hazel Frost took her massage education one step further with advanced training in neuromuscular therapy. She deploys those skills, along with Swedish and deep-tissue techniques, during 60-, 90-, and 120-minute massage sessions. Hazel offers shiatsu, thai, and reflexology massages, in addition to trigger-point and myofascial therapy. Also a certified holistic health coach, she helps her clients accomplish their overall wellness goals such as losing weight or increasing their energy level enough to beat Super Mario Bros. in one sitting.
Dr. Howard Ortman's medical career spans more than 30 years, four hospitals, and his own private practice, where he now cares for foot and ankle maladies with both conservative and surgical treatments. He and his staff uphold prompt diagnosis, early intervention, and prevention as essential tenants for maintaining the health of feet. To this end, they use x-rays and diagnostic ultrasounds to uncover pedal woes, perform in-office surgery with safe sedation methods such as local anesthesia, and keep feet aesthetically pleasing with laser treatments for nail fungus, warts, in-grown toenails, and in-grown shoes. In his quest to stay on top of the most advanced techniques, Dr. Ortman regularly attends conferences sponsored by esteemed institutions.
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