Lead by Dr. Tonya Fleck-D'Andrea, N.D., an all-female team of naturopathic doctors and massage therapists at Santa Cruz Naturopathic Medical Center soothes bodies with holistic care in a nurturing environment. First-time patients create a personalized treatment plan during a two-hour consultation with a licensed N.D. (naturopathic doctor). In these sessions, the doctors review lab work done in the past year, go over current medication, and discuss the client’s health concerns to establish a regimen designed to treat these issues and prevent conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and turf tonsils. The Center's specialists strive to establish an open dialogue with patients when tailoring therapies by performing physicals and ordering new lab work only as necessary. Precision healing also comes from the hands of licensed massage therapists, whose cross-training in Swedish massage, Craniosacral therapy, and acupressure create a single super-modality sent from the future to terminate knotted muscles and release stress-induced tension.
Emergency Response Training’s classes, available throughout each month, equip healthcare providers with the adroitness and expertise necessary to respond to cardiovascular emergencies. The American Heart Association–certified training site gives nurses, emergency medical technicians, firefighters, and other first responders license to practice Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. In a small group setting, each two-day provider course imparts systematic skills for the recognition, assessment, and treatment of cardiac arrest. Licensed and professionally experienced instructors incorporate videos, lectures, and hands-on simulations to cover CPR techniques, airway management, rhythm recognition, and tools such as the automated external defibrillator (AED).
Vital Body Therapy's studio makes every class feel special. Inside the spacious house that’s been turned into a boutique studio, natural sunlight streams onto the hardwood floors of the long room where yoga and core sessions are held. The intimate classroom space is limited to just 10 students, which allows the experienced instructors to focus on each participant. Vital Body Therapy also offers skincare, such as facials and waxing, along with bodywork, such as massage therapy and Rolfing.
Whenever she strolled down a sandy beach or marveled at the redwoods of a lush forest, LeTa Jussila would be reminded that Santa Cruz was the most beautiful place in the world. It seemed a shame to her that most people spent so much of their days inside houses and offices rather than taking advantage of the diverse landscapes of their surroundings. Inspired, she spearheaded the foundation of Optimal Health and Fitness?a multidimensional outdoor-fitness program.
Today, LeTa and her staff of trainers conduct energetic boot-camp classes at local beaches, forests, and mountain trails. They use the tools of their surroundings as exercise equipment, such as running up park stairs for a cardio workout. Encouraging well-rounded, healthy lifestyles, the instructors also conduct seminars on holistic topics such as stress management and meditation. Nutrition specialists, meanwhile, provide students with balanced meal plans and supervise detoxifying cleanses. The staff also offers various treatments popularized in the East, including traditional Chinese acupuncture treatments and rejuvenating qi gong stretching classes.
Calling on more than 50 years of combined experience, the doctors at Body Sculpt By Laser make over clients from the inside out with holistic, noninvasive treatments. Their one-two coup de grâce against flab begins with the FDA-approved Lapex LipoLaser, which shrinks fatty adipose cells by causing them to release triglycerides for natural disposal through the lymphatic system. This gentle process is aided by whole-body-vibration treatments that kick metabolisms into overdrive for expedient fat removal. The staff also creates custom lifestyle programs and nutritional plans, and supplies herbal supplements to bolster weight-loss efforts.
Physical therapist Anne Howard employs hands-on techniques to soothe joints, improve lymph function, and dull nerve pain. Namely, she uses laser therapy, manual manipulations, and an antigravity treadmill, which creates a lifting motion so exercisers can run with less impact on their joints and glass tennis shoes.