After spending years watching her sister and father deal with the effects of scoliosis, Shannon Lynn Brown found herself interested in helping others with similar health issues. That’s the reason she attended The New School for Massage in Chicago and became a certified massage therapist and a member of ABMP. Shannon now treats chronic and acute muscle pain inside Breathe, a yoga studio with red roof tiles, a high wooden ceiling, and wall niches inhabited by Buddha statues.
Shannon uses her intuition—as well as her knowledge of anatomy—to minimize the pain caused by scars and to the ease the aches associated with pregnancy and breastfeeding. Her experience as a swimmer and yoga practitioner informs her sports-therapy massage and enables her to skillfully apply kinesio tape, which can improve circulation, manage swelling, and make duct tape seem so inferior you might give a roll of it to a subordinate to express your dislike of their work. In addition to nurturing her clients back to health, Shannon has taught students at her alma mater and at Five Branches in California.
Phoenix DeLeón, owner of Phoenix Rolfing focuses most of her practice on Rolf Structural Integration treatments. During 90-minute Rolfing sessions, Phoenix focuses on manipulating the body's connective tissue to bring the body into alignment in order to perfect her clients' posture and decrease back strain. In addition to Rolfing, Phoenix also offers therapeutic massage.
After undergoing a serious bike accident, Jaimi Ellison became overwhelmed by the rehabilitation process. Constantly traveling to different appointments at different clinics with different therapists, she wished her needs could be met at one location. Fortunately, Ellison recovered, and drew on her personal experiences to open Santa Cruz Core. Today, this hub for holistic wellness caters to clients with services ranging from personal training to chiropractic care to therapeutic massage. In a semi-private, clinical setting, a dedicated team of personal trainers, chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, and nutritionists provide an integrative approach to wellness and spread the positivity by giving back to the community. Staff members are certified within Santa Cruz, and are working on their national certification.
There's more than one way to adjust a back at Sawyer Chiropractic Group. In fact, some of Dr. Scott Sawyer's spinal-adjustment methods are so gentle that patients may hardly feel them at all. Since 1997, Dr. Sawyer has been the director of the Wellness Center offering fast solutions for chronic pain. Dr. Sawyer's study of multiple techniques at the prestigious Palmer College of Chiropractic inform all of his treatment plans, which fall into two categories: relief and wellness care. The former seeks to correct the underlying causes of health problems, and the latter promotes injury prevention and helps patients achieve greater levels of health. To reach these goals, Dr. Sawyer calls on a team of specialists—including a massage therapist and nutritionist—to customize treatment plans to each patient's specific injuries and double-jointed vestigial tails. His team of specialists also assist with soft-tissue body work and gentle chiropractic care.
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.
Skin Treatment & Acne Center's owner and lead aesthetician, Jenny Hodgins, enhances skin’s luster with a medley of facial and waxing services. The spa's earthy aromas and accouterments ease clients’ minds as aromatic oils soothe noses and relax the senses. Whether providing clinical-grade care or catering to more casual indulgences, aestheticians assist guests in selecting suitable oils and masks for their skin.