Surrounded by a lush curtain of foliage, the Briggs Mansion evokes an unshakable sense of luxury to those who step inside the shadow of its beige façade. The mansion’s exterior, however, pales in comparison to what goes on inside. As the certified massage therapist behind Energy is Life Heal Thy Self Massage, Pamela Allen outdoes her luxurious surroundings with treatments that nurture sinews weakened by injury, stress, and toxins. In addition to Swedish, deep-tissue, and chair massages, she offers specialty modalities such as lymphatic massage, which supports the immune system by removing toxic blockages. Pamela's aromatherapy treatments also relieve stress by matching specific smells to emotions and memories: rosemary for contentment, lavender for motherhood, and peppermint for the time you walked in on Santa Claus doing his laundry at your house.
Even before becoming a naturopathic doctor, Dennis Godby was always interested in preventative medicine and the healthy effects of exercise and nutrition. A lifelong runner and founder of a cross-country activism project called The Run, Dr. Godby works to educate patients on the mind-body-spirit connection and how it applies to overall wellness. At Sacramento Naturopathic Medical Center, he and his team use a variety of tests and good old-fashioned listening to diagnose chronic and acute ailments. They then treat these ills with supplements, counseling, and other proven methods.
Mercy Medical Group Plastic Surgery and Laser Center believes that how we look can affect how we feel. The plastic surgeons at this skin- and body-care center are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and they offer natural-looking procedures aimed at boosting self-confidence, from facelifts and breast augmentation to tummy tucks, brow lifts, and liposuction. Clients are free to come in for a a no-pressure consultation. If they know what procedure they want, that's fine, too. Among the non-invasive procedures they offer are chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and Botox services. The staff here is professional, experienced, and eager to help—they're happy to answer questions or prank call your third-grade teacher for you.
Treating the cosmetic blemishes that can appear on aging skin requires a forward-looking approach. Overseen by Drs. Hratch Karamanoukian and Raffy Karamanoukian, Advanced Aesthetics Medical Spa keeps pace with the passage of time by constantly seeking out new advancements in technology, skincare products, and cosmetic procedures.
The center’s cache of technology includes cosmetic laser systems that work to improve skin tone and texture by addressing fine lines, acne scars, and scratch-and-sniff tattoos. Beyond light, these and other systems can also use sound waves or radio frequencies to firm and lift faces. Even the more traditional spa procedures at the clinic pamper clients with medical-grade products and equipment. The crystal-free microdermabrasion system uses a diamond-encrusted titanium wand to smooth away impurities, and facials with botanically derived balms and vitamin C rejuvenate complexions.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Craig E. Berris estimates that he's performed over 10,000 procedures over the course of his career. While that seems like a staggering number, this level of experience is the norm. Dr. Berris believes that physician designed skin care products and custom blended peels are the most effective treatments available and the Center's esthetician has over 25 years of experience in medical esthetics. Together at the Center for Cosmetic Eyelid and Laser Surgery, they keep faces looking ageless with services ranging from facials to surgery.
Rise Yoga's soothing studio begins releasing students' tension with calming, contemporary trappings before they ever set foot in the stress-relieving, mixed-level yoga classes led by experienced and attentive teachers. All of the 60-to 90-minute yoga sessions incorporate gentle stretches and meditative practices, including the beginner-friendly Hatha yoga session, a slow-paced class incorporating long-held poses and calming deep breaths. Vinyasa classes increase heart rates with dynamic flowing movements, sun salutations, and traditional yogic spelling bees in which students bend their bodies into common yoga vocabulary. Yoga therapy works to help students to overcome chronic pain or injuries, and intensive yoga workshops introduce students to the ancient practice or strengthen their relationship to it.
Dr. Victor Manuel Nava's extensive training and surgical career have taken him across the country and back again. After an internship in Baja, California, he completed his general-surgery residency in Wilmington, North Carolina. After 14 years in the Tar Heel State, he came back to California in 2002 and opened his own private practice, where he puts his extensive training and artistic touch to good use performing a full slate of cosmetic procedures, including facelifts, breast augmentations, and liposuction. Not all of his services are surgical, though; he also offers laser hair removal and acne treatments, as well as dermal fillers that diminish wrinkles and render skin smoother than a newborn bowling ball.