Health & Fitness in South Pasadena

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While she was paying the bills by writing, producing, and casting Hollywood projects, Roxy Han, L.Ac., harbored a secret fascination with health. In her spare time, Han would research health-related topics, and when anyone on set had a headache, a cough, or a sniffling pet rock, she would draw from a well of wellness wisdom to dole out advice. Eventually this earned her a reputation as the unofficial doctor wherever she was, but she didn't switch careers just yet.

Then, at a jujitsu convention, Han reached forward to perform an advanced-level throw on a black-belt fighter. In one painful pop, her shoulder was out of commission. Fortunately, Han's sensei was an acupuncturist, and the skills he demonstrated throughout the following week lessened her injury’s impact. Galvanized by this personal experience, Han trained with master acupuncturists, graduated from her program with honors, and became a professional needle master. Now, with the help of Doctors of Chiropractic Mary Ensign and Rick Fox, skilled acupuncturist Sandy Lee – a former classmate of Han's who specializes in pain relief and psycho-emotional issues – and a team of licensed massage therapists, she holistically treats a range of bodily symptoms.

1605 Hope St
South Pasadena,
CA
US

A triathlete since 2004, Brandon Hament knows cycling's physical rigors and benefits firsthand. At The Cycle Annex - the indoor cycling facility Brandon has run since 2007 - his crew of instructors imbue beginners with pedal-pumping confidence at introductory sessions during which pupils first familiarize themselves with their bike before hopping on and burning calories. For cycling students of all levels, Brandon's team lead more intensive workouts such as the Ultimate 90, a combination of core and strength training that segues into an hour of riding. An abdominal workout on yoga mats follows cycling during AB 20 sessions, while interval cycling gives way to running and stretching during brick workouts. In between exercises, guests can hydrate with complementary gulps of The Cycle Annex's oxygenated, filtered water.

807 'B' Meridian Ave
South Pasadena,
CA
US

Lionheart Fitness Kids instills little ones with self-confidence and social skills behind a fun façade of sports drills and games led by an encouraging staff of coaches. Non-competitive classes corral similarly aged kiddies in one-hour weekend classes that introduce them to the pastime of their choice (call for schedule and availability). T-ball lessons brandish basics such as diamond running, base hitting, and ritualistic-catcher's-masks crafting, and accompanying plyometric exercises boost agility, flexibility, and strength. Juveniles geared toward the gridiron can delve into elementary defensive strategy and timing, and fellow foot fielders fine-tune soccer skills such as dribbling, passing, and accuracy. Track-and-field lessons round out Lionheart’s curriculum, taking children on a leg-strengthening journey without the hassle of transforming them all into centaurs.

362 Monterey Road
South Pasadena,
CA
US

A certified clinical hypnotherapist, Diane Brach treats a wide variety of symptoms and ailments during her powerful hypnotherapy treatments. Diane sees herself more as a guide than a therapist, working with her patients to discover the inner strength that lies within them.

1910 Huntington Drive
South Pasadena,
CA
US

When he looked past the flourishes of players in the majors, Dylan Gaines realized the swings of professional hitters were nearly identical. Working with pro ballplayers such as Darrell Thomas and Nez Belelo, Dylan honed those swing fundamentals during his stint on the Seattle Mariners. At All-Star Baseball School, he's broken down and distilled these basics into a potent dram of batsmanship for students since 1997. Along with Eric Fischer, a veteran of the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins, Dylan teaches his pupils hitting, pitching, and fielding skills during private lessons and summer camps. After the classes let out, little leaguers can study the greats with an instructional DVD hosted by baseball legend and record holder Pete Rose, who walks viewers through pointers for hitting homers without planting baseballs in the stands beforehand.

660 Stoney Dr
South Pasadena,
CA
US

At Mission Dental, dentists Vincent Spero and Farrah Koutchek work to improve the health and appearance of teeth and gums. They peek inside teeth using low-radiation digital x-rays before performing services that range from routine cleanings to root canals. Patients also can opt for cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening or Invisalign braces, and can request sedation dentistry to ensure a comfortable experience.

1401 Mission St.
South Pasadena,
CA
US