While a majority of your month will be spent toning and groaning in class, your 60-minute massage offers a tangential escape into tranquility. Combining elements of traditional Swedish and sport techniques, this full hour massage is designed to leave your many muscular regions relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on whatever yoga pose, weighted lift, or air guitar rift that may await. Club One Fitness hosts over 500 classes weekly, which may include spinning, rowing, Aqua Fit, BalleCore, Pilates, martial arts, dance, and 12 different types of yoga. Beyond organized gatherings, each fitness center provides various amenities including saunas, steam rooms, sun decks, as well as state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment.
As a Certified Nutrition Educator and Consultant with 13 years of experience as a vegetarian cook, Maria has a résumé that barely fits on one page. It's a good thing that most of her recipes do. Maria gravitates toward simple, nutritious ingredients when crafting her salads, soups, and gluten-free pastries. Rich vegetables and legumes often serve as the backbone to her meals, which are designed to support overall health and heal the body's illnesses.
These meals are only part of Maria's wellness and weight-loss program. She also advocates meaningful lifestyle changes that may range from growing your own unprocessed foods to avoiding products with gluten. If you're uninitiated with holistic nutrition, there's no need to worry. Maria regularly leads tours of local grocery stores, cluing her clients in on which grains promote health and which vegetables most effectively ward off vampires.
Nestled amid the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Balance Studio Spa beckons patrons into a holistic mecca festooned with tile mosaics and flowering plants. The health center is the brainchild of owner Melissa Stone, a massage therapist and intuitive healer who oversees a team of therapists and instructors. With a common passion for alternative health care, the specialists restore patrons' physical and mental balance either within a weathered-wood building or in the garden, where draperies shelter outdoor treatment areas. Visitors to the practice can bask in spa treatments or take home Balance Tool Kits that include yoga DVDs, guided meditation materials, and allen wrenches for tightening up loose joints. Custom spa packages encompass a diverse suite of treatments such as reiki, Pilates, and detox footbaths.
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. 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.
Natural Foundations Healing Center offers innovative anti-aging microcurrent facials that are a noninvasive, comfortable alternative to surgery. Additionally, aesthetician and waxing specialist Ashley Litchtenbeger ousts unwanted hair from brow, bikini, and other body areas, leaving them looking smooth and sculpted.
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, running up park stairs for a cardio workout or curling plump raccoons to strengthen their biceps. 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.
In treating patients, Doctor of Chiropractic Buford McCharen doesn’t have to deliver the cracking thrusts of traditional back and neck adjustments. Instead, he treats spinal subluxations, nerve interference, and pain syndrome with gentle instrument-assisted adjustments. These adjustments are designed to gently tap the vertebrae to restore normal motion and take pressure off of sensitive nerve tissue so the body can do its job of healing. Cold-laser therapy further circumvents invasive treatments by targeting inflammation with laser light that bypasses the skin completely.