Muscles that aren't properly maintained are prone to rebel with painful stiffness or uncontrollable spasms that make you breakdance well past curfew. That's why Massage Practitioner Paula Wood offers a wide range of massage techniques to keep the body happy. In the comfort of her private studio, Paula can promote relaxation with light to medium Swedish strokes, or use more focused deep-tissue pressure for lower-layer aches. Clients may also make use of SLO Wellness Center's many other wellness services such as chiropractic care, acupuncture, and one-on-one nutrition counseling.
Drs. Carmelo and Aracely Plateroti channel nearly two decades of holistic medical care when helping promote natural healing within their patients’ bodies. Many of their treatments blend Eastern and Western practices, such as the Meridian Stress Assessment—which uses a combination of acupuncture and modern diagnostic tools to locate the body’s weaknesses. Acupuncture points are also used during Acugems Facial Rejuve, a treatment designed by the doctors to help renew and tighten complexions.
Inside the heady offices of Santa Barbara Brain Fitness, Dan Staso, PhD, engages brains in a variety of cerebral calisthenics. On a given day, business executives, college students, athletes, and those seeking self-improvement tap into all-natural neurotherapies to tone brains to top condition. Board-certified in neurofeedback, Staso focuses on five core areas: sleep improvement, anxiety and stress, brain brightening, meditative enhancement, and academic/executive enhancement. Clients who have completed the program may feel calmer, maintain greater focus, sleep more soundly through the night, and feel more effective in achieving their goals.
Rallying 19 years of bodywork experience, nationally certified acupuncturist and licensed massage therapist Robert James Cutter takes a comprehensive approach to each massage session instead of adhering to a one-size-fits-all philosophy. Depending on his client's needs, he integrates a variety of modalities including sports, deep-tissue, shiatsu, and biodynamic-craniosacral therapy, tweaking the amount of pressure based on client cues and the readings culled from each muscle's built-in barometer. In order to help promote better body balance and overall wellness, Robert also pulls from his training in oriental medicine to incorporate methods such as acupuncture and herbal remedies.
Jacquelyn L. Sugich L.Ac. began her career with the single goal of healing people without resorting to drugs. She enrolled in Santa Barbara College Of Oriental Medicine and studied ancient modalities in China as she worked toward a master's of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. After graduating in 2006, she started her practice and went straight to work.
Today, she follows the guiding principle of Chinese medical theory, the cornerstone of which is prevention. She fights off stress and eases muscular tension with her signature massages, and uses hair-thin acupuncture needles to unleash endorphins and reduce anxiety, abdominal pain, and balloon-animal populations. Though these acupuncture sessions are her specialty, they generally make up just one spoke in the wheel of customized, holistic treatment plans that incorporate multiple approaches, including diet and Chinese herbal remedies.
Doctor of Chiropractic Jacob Bastomski first became interested in problems tied to the nervous system when his youngest son was discovered to have a lazy eye. Eager to understand this specific type of dysfunction and learn interventions that could help his son avoid surgery, Dr. Bastomski went back to school and completed a post-graduate course in neurology. Today, he relies on the holistic practice of neurology to treat neck and back pain, as well as help patients simply maintain their health. His office boasts high-tech gadgets such as deep-muscle lasers, a DeLorean that sends patients back to less achy moments of their lives, and a VAX-D decompression table, which Dr. Bastomski uses to complement services such as spinal adjustments and nutritional counseling.