Agape, derived from Greek and connoting spiritual love, is a fitting name for Joseph Ramirez's massage business. At Agape of Massage, located inside The Look Salon, he soothes bodily tension and stress with mindful strokes and deep-reaching kneads, promoting inner peace and calm in the process. Custom massages are attuned to individual pains, allowing clients to step out of the salon feeling especially refreshed.
The team at Central California Hypnosis harnesses the power of the subconscious mind to help clients overcome personal hurdles and optimize their potential. Staffers employ a friendly couchside manner and positive, encouraging attitude as they help visitors curb addictions, tame phobias, and put cases of insomnia to bed.
Doctor of Chiropractic Michael Shows works closely with clients to help them improve their lifestyles through holistic interventions and healthy behavior changes. His services range from spinal adjustments and corrective exercises to posture screenings and massage therapy. Nutritional counseling programs generally begin with a one-on-one consultation, which can uncover barriers to well-being, including high blood pressure and spontaneous hiccups.
On the surface, asthma, low libido, migraines, and indigestion all seem very different. But they do share a common thread: they’re all conditions that Dr. Samuel Y. Kim treats with acupuncture. The proud owner of a PhD and a license to perform acupuncture, Dr. Kim uses his expertise during sessions of eight-bodily-constitution acupuncture. This specialized discipline emphasizes treating the root cause of an ailment as opposed to its symptoms. It also incorporates a broader way to help prevent disease, which is why Dr. Kim also offers consultations on optimizing diets to establish and maintain good health.
When a year of physical therapy failed to heal the neck injury Jonathan Mates sustained during a rugby match, he turned to acupuncture. Like 2,500 years worth of patients before him, Mates found that acupuncture swiftly relieved his symptoms.
Inspired, he enrolled at Five Branches University, an academy of Chinese medicine where he specialized in pain management and sports medicine. Even after graduating at the top of his class, however, Mates didn’t feel his education was complete. So he built a raft out of acupuncture needles and sailed to China, where he studied with acupuncturists and physicians. Upon returning to the United States, Mates spent more than 300 hours in orthopedics training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Today, Mates' specialties also include rotator-cuff injuries, neck injuries, and sciatica pain. These are part of a wide breadth of clinic services, including holistic-healing treatments such as cupping, herbal medicine, and massage.
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.