Dr. Brian Stenzler, owner of D.R.E.A.M. Wellness, is a one-man who’s-who of chiropractic. As a student, he took a trip to Panama where he spent some time straightening spines pro-bono before performing an adjustment for then first-lady, Dora Boyd Perez Balladares. He flew back to The States where he finished his Doctorate of Chiropractic in 1998, just before graduating Summa cum Laude with a Masters in sports health science in 1999. Two years later, the Red Cross recognized him for his work at ground zero during 9/11, and in 2003 he was named New York Chiropractor of the Year by The New York Chiropractic Council.
And those were just the first five years of his career.
Since then, he’s shepherded a veritable hit parade of professional athletes, celebrities, and politicians back to health, including the likes of Junior Seau, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Orin Hatch. After a cross-continental move to California—where he promptly became the president of the California chiropractic Association—Dr. Stenzler opened the west-coast office of his practice, D.R.E.A.M. Wellness.
The core philosophy of D.R.E.A.M. Wellness is that true wellbeing is much more than simply being free of pain, disease, and sickness. The staff aims to harmonize physical, mental, social, and spiritual wellbeing by emphasizing five particular areas of health, which is where the name D.R.E.A.M. comes in: diet, relaxation, exercise, adjustment, and mental wellbeing. These five facets of wellness have inform the growing number of treatments they offer at their clinic, which includes chiropractic work, massages, nutrition programs, pilates, and more.
The Spa Gregorie team won Spa Finder’s Reader’s Choice award for Best Day Spa of 2011 for rejuvenating skin with Spa Gregorie's botanically enriched product line. Steps away from the spa's tranquil hair salon, Arcona formulas play a central role in the spa's 18 facial treatments while massage clients benefit from fluffy robes and a eucalyptus steam room. But the staff's dedication to well-being doesn't stop with the clients—contributions to the Make a Wish Foundation and multiple cancer research organizations echo this allegiance to communal prosperity, and any nonprofit group or charitable organization may use the Del Mar spa's conference room for free.
In 2011, the International SPA Association honored Spa Gregorie's CEO Angela Cortright with the Dedicated Contributor of the Year award. The press release cites her commitment to well-being and public service beyond her three eucalyptus-scented spas and reveals her favorite quote to be Muhammad Ali's maxim, “Service to others is the rent we pay for our room here on Earth.” This attitude has earned the company an avalanche of awards, which document the good works of its expert aestheticians, hair designers, and massage therapists.
Soft music plays, fountains trickle, and exotic aromatic oils waft through the air as the team at De La Sole Reflexology Spa performs reflexology and other soothing treatments. Clients recline in comfortable, cushioned chairs while staff apply pressure to the feet, hands, and ears, aiming to optimize the operation of specific organs and the entire body. Among other benefits, holistic therapies can bolster circulation and the immune system. Under new ownership and recently renovated, De La Sole features a relaxation area, which welcomes patrons with grand shoji doors and a warm ambiance accented by copper-colored walls, soft candle light, and soothing music, alongside a copper-walled fountain, orchids, and lush greenery. The crew enhances each relaxing service with foot scrubs or soaks fortified with natural Himalayan salt blocks designed to balance the nervous system and improve small talk with water heaters. Staff utilize herbal formulas by Jadience to customize soaks based on a clients’ needs, such as promoting detoxification, boosting metabolism, or alleviating muscle pain.
Point Del Mar Acupuncture founder and owner Valerie Beckwith graduated with a master’s degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine, but she didn't stop there. Since then, she's performed extensive clinical research, studied at a university in Hangzhou, China, and apprenticed under a master acupuncturist. Each day she brings this experience to her practice, a clinic where she's teamed up with Dwayne Lee, a health practitioner who is also board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology. Both are adept at treating a bevy of different conditions, having had success in the past reducing general pain, dealing with respiratory disorders, and helping their clients overcome addictions. In order to maintain the highest of sanitation standards, Point Del Mar uses only stainless-steel needles that are used only one time before being thrown away—like the motorcycles of rich men.
Milana believes that happiness is a journey—a belief that is central to the philosophy at Milana Wax & Skin Studio. Instead of focusing solely on her clients’ outer beauty or unkempt milk moustaches, the licensed aesthetician prefers to promote inner happiness, drawing on informal training in reiki, healing-touch, and positive-energy techniques. Milana also draws on formal credentials as a permanent makeup artist and aesthetician to enhance façades with SofTap permanent makeup and PCA Skin facials and body-care treatments. Ultimately though, she sees herself as the driver on each client’s path toward true beauty through self-acceptance and inner healing.
Certified massage therapists unfurl a menu of relaxing services to increase overall wellness within Essential Therapies' Del Mar studio or in the comfort of clients' homes. A number of massage techniques includes muscle-relaxing hot stones and pain-relieving acupressure. During reflexology, pressure applied to specific points on the feet control the entire body, relaxing muscles on command or making mouths purr like a uniformed Catwoman impersonator.
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