For more than 10 years, Mark A. Flower has cultivated a tranquil healing setting to help those suffering from headaches, neck and back pain, chronic health issues, anxiety, and sleep disorders. Blending traditional Chinese medicine and other healing techniques, his acupuncture sessions target specific areas of the body or the voodoo doll to calm headaches, reverse digestive problems, melt tense muscles, and soothe joints.
Signature Service: Reiki healing and massage
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: Be on time. Be positive.
Therapist and holistic life coach Mary Sanicola combines her scientific understanding of human anatomy and physiology with an appreciation for healing methods that treat the body as a single, interconnected organism. Rather than take other therapists at their word, Mary traveled around the world to arrive at her current treatment philosophy. Her journey brought her to Tokyo, where she spent two years mastering zen shiatsu massage and on to New York City, where she honed her Swedish-massage techniques on stressed-out cabbies before returning to Northern California to practice reiki therapy.
Today, at Evolving Bridge, Mary continues to target physical as well as incorporeal symptoms with bodywork treatments that gently relieve muscular stress and address the body's energy balance. Clients in need of a more hands-off approach to wellness can benefit from a life-coaching session, during which Mary shares her personal insights to combat anxieties more effectively than a whirlpool filled with thousands of steeping teabags.
Licensed acupuncturist Lauren Sugarman believes that good health must be nurtured patiently, much like the plants in a garden. She applies this philosophy while treating her patients with traditional Chinese-medicine treatments. During acupuncture sessions, she inserts hair-thin needles along certain points on the body's energy pathways, redirecting this energy so that it flows unhindered. Facial-rejuvenation acupuncture uses the same techniques to increase blood flow to the face, working to naturally smooth wrinkles and improve muscle tone. Patients who suffer from allergies can treat their symptoms with Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique, a noninvasive combination of acupuncture and other disciplines that relieves reactions to allergens such as pet hair, pollen, and chores.
Certified acupuncturist Michael Johnston L.Ac. stuidied traditional Chinese medicine in the most logical place: China. Having already earned his master's degree, he expanded his holistic horizons by training elbow-to-elbow with herbalists, doctors, and gynecologists—each well-versed in the arts of managing pain and promoting health.
Now based in Santa Rosa, Michael plies the techniques he learned in China while taking a scientific approach to his art. When not administering acupuncture needles to clients and underdressed cacti, he reads and translates research articles and clinical trials that have been published in Chinese medical journals.
Calistoga Massage & Chiropractic Center is a chiropractic practice, massage center, massage school, and weight-loss clinic all in one. Its founder, doctor of chiropractic Steven Ticen, has tended to patients for nearly a third of a century with services that run the gamut from chiropractic care and Zerona body contouring to hot-stone massage and spa facials. He employs a number of graduates from his attached massage-therapy school, which teaches students a signature technique, the Calistoga massage—a firm, Swedish–style massage that relieves tension and cures the phobia of other people's fingers.