Berkeley

1700 Shattuck Ave, 2nd Floor

Berkeley, CA 94709

(510) 486-0264

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Damiana Carpizo, Massage Therapist

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Damiana Carpizo’s fascination with the body as the abode of spirit and as an instrument and reflection of the mind has defined her exploration and keen interest in the healing and creative arts, meditation and yoga. She has practiced bodywork since 2005 when completing the Holistic Health/Massage Certification Program at the University of California Santa Cruz. Her yoga practice for the past 10 years and careful study of the therapeutic principles of alignment informs her work. In her sessions Damiana weaves swedish and deep tissue techniques, myofascial release, and accupressure/energy work to provide a nurturing, deeply restoring and effective session.Damiana’s passion is working with pregnant and postpartum women. This began with a desire to offer relief, comfort and healing care during this challenging and most beautiful time in a woman’s life. The experience of giving and receiving bodywork is, in her eyes, not only therapeutic but a way of celebrating and enhancing the gift of embodiment.

Contact:

(831)-227-0129


Allana Beauchamp, Esthetician

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Allana Beauchamp is a  Clinical Aesthetician and Holistic Health Educator in Nutrition and Culinary Arts. She is a Certified Massage Therapist and skilled in Herbal body treatments  & Aromatherapy, also incorporating  her skills and knowledge as a Medical  Herbalist.

Skin treatments with Allana will leave you feeling  refreshed , renewed , rejuvenated and uplifted. In her customized Facials, she offers a Skin care evaluation upon which she is able to determine the appropriate treatment. This may include: deep facial cleansing with extractions, Aromatherapy, a hot back pack for deep muscle relaxation, appropriate serums, masks & moisture replenishments, hand, shoulder, neck & scalp massages are also offered to deeply relax the body, mind and spirit. After your customized Facial, you will leave with radiant skin and a soothed soul.

She also includes Nutritional consultations for clients with Acne and other health related issues.. Available for  Raw to Paleo Dietary consults and Catering.

Contact:

(510) 486-0264


 Dale Fanning, Acupuncture/Bodywork

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Dale Fanning MS LAc, is an acupuncturist, clinical herbalist and therapeutic body-worker. He holds a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the prestigious ACTCM in San Francisco, and has completed over 3500 hours of training. His post graduate work is in the area of Five Element Acupuncture, a powerful and little known system of Chinese medicine that is able to treat at the deepest level of spirit and produce the most comprehensive transformations in patients. Dale’s specialties include musculoskeletal pain and injury, anxiety and insomnia, hormonal and mood imbalances, and emotional disorders. His mission is to do for his patients what this ancient and profound system of medicine has done for him: Rid the body of illness, nurture the spirit and bring the patient more fully into all aspects of their life.

Contact:

daylight@speakeasy.org


Dr. Vera Singleton, ND

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Dr. Vera Singleton, ND helps clients identify concerning skin growths & lesions and eliminate any risk through a natural topical treatment so you can live a worry free and skin cancer free life.  Since healthy skin comes from the inside out, Dr. Vera will educate you on how to have optimal skin health for your lifetime.  Dr. Singleton and the Ecopolitan network of natural skin doctors has helped over 100,000 clients  over the past 10 years all over the world.  Ecopolitan is a non-profit organization that helps rebuild sustainable communities in Nepal and all proceeds from the skin clinics support this international charity.  Dr. Singleton has a integrative medical practice in Lafayette, CA.

Contact:

drverasingleton.com


Bhaskar Benerji, Thai Yoga Bodywork

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Though I primarily teach and practice Thai Yoga Bodywork, I’m a lover of all forms of floor massage and have extensively studied other floor-based modalities such as Shiatsu and Breema which I integrate into my practice. I consider gravity and the floor to be two of my best friends. Thai Bodywork is not just a form of massage but a therapeutic art form – often referred to as “the Dance of Thai Massage” on account of it rhythmic & graceful movements. Part healing modality, part moving body poetry, its goal is not just to relax a person but promote mind-body-soul integration so that an individual can function at a higher level. Most of my training took place in Northern Thailand with numerous teachers over a period of six years. I chose to attend many rather than one school as I wanted to get a taste for the diversity of this therapeutic healing modality and bring that diversity to my practice. Currently, I practice privately out of two studios in Berkeley and Fairfax, Marin. I also teach classes on an on-going basis at the MckInnon Institute of Bodywork Therapy in Oakland, CA.  Come check out the Tandem Thai class being offered on June 16th where two people practice on one person, one of the many fun ways in which Thai bodywork is morphing as this ancient practice discovers new wings in the 21st century. In addition to bodywork, I have a Masters in Holistic Health Education and am currently obtaining my PhD in Mind Body Medicine at Saybrook University (SF, CA) where my intent is to revive the ancient Aesclepian dream healing practices of the Greco-Roman period that once helped thousands to get in touch with their Inner Physician and heal from many so-called “incurable diseases.”

Contact:

bhaskar_banerji@yahoo.com


Jennifer Benton, Physical Therapy / Myofascial Release

ABOUT MYOFASCIAL RELEASE

If you have chronic pain, frequent headaches or an injury from which you have never fully recovered, consider addressing the source of the problem with myofascial release instead of treating the symptoms.

Fascia is a strong connective tissue that surrounds every cell and forms a three-dimensional web throughout the body.  It becomes damaged from injury, surgery, and trauma and then creates large amounts of pressure on nerves, tendons, organs, and bones.  Since fascia is continuous, a restriction in one area can commonly cause symptoms in other areas.  Even though myofascial restrictions do not appear on standard medical tests and are often undiagnosed, they can create considerable pain and dysfunction. 

Myofascial release is a gentle hands-on technique used to ease restrictions in the fascia and allow the body to return to a more healthy and balanced state. Your body is treated as a whole, and the mechanics of your entire system are considered.

ABOUT JENNIFER

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Jennifer Benton, Founder of Being in Balance Physical Therapy, has gained a wide variety of clinical experience through working in outpatient orthopedic, acute neurological rehabilitation, skilled nursing, aquatic, and home health settings with people of all ages.  She has over 13 years of experience and holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree and a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Saint Louis University. 

A need for longer-lasting results and improved pain management led her to study with John F. Barnes, renowned Physical Therapist and authority on myofascial release. With extensive education in correcting body alignment and releasing restrictions through manual interventions, Jennifer is able to create customized treatment plans that focus on the needs of each individual person.

Contact:

543-1637 

BeinginBalancePT@gmail.com


Rhea Borromeo, Massage Therapist

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“For me massage is a form of meditation. Being mindful allows me to support my clients connection to their own wisdom, listening to their own body. I provide each person a safe place to let go for a moment and be. I believe that self awareness is a prerequisite to good health.

Aromatherapy, acupressure, Thai stretches, and breath work enrich my massages. I also love doing prenatal work to support women during their childbearing time. Pregnancy is a very delicate process and being able to provide healing and comfort during this time is sacred and empowering”Massage is an integral part of Rhea’s life. Since a young child, Rhea received massage as way to  when to relieve pain and encourage sleep. Because of that massage was always seen as part of a lifestyle rather than a job. In 2004, Rhea embarked on a spiritual journey to heal herself; she was trained in California Healing Arts in Southern California. Developing an awareness of the physical systems of the body and the energy within it had made her more in tune with her own body and its needs toward a holistic approach to good health.  Her style is a combination of Deep Tissue and Swedish, acupressure and Thai massage. She’s also trained in hot stone and pre-natal massage. Being present and mindful during her sessions connects her intuitively to restoring balance. She is a believer in the spirit of humanity and our interconnectedness.

Contact:

livingheartbodywork@gmail.com


Aparna Dandekar, Family Medicine, Osteopathy & Ayurveda

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I am a board certified family physician trained in three medical sciences–Western (Allopathic) Medicine, Osteopathy, and Ayurveda.

The philosophy that I adhere to is simple: nature knows best. My inherent faith in nature’s self-regulating wisdom is further strengthened by my Osteopathic and Ayurvedic training. Simultaneously, my experience as an allopathic physician has given me the utmost respect for modern science.  I believe that balanced health can be better achieved by aligning ourselves with the guidelines handed down from ages past, while availing ourselves to the benefits of today’s technological advancements.

Ayurveda is a medical science from ancient India, thought to be over 5,000 years ago.   Ayurveda believes that disease states are expressions of deviations from one’s inherent physical and mental constitution. These deviations, with time and proper effort, can be managed, if not eliminated entirely.  In my practice, special attention is given to diet, lifestyle, and herbal therapies. I have used these techniques to help with issues ranging from migraines, acid indigestion, irritable bowels, menopausal issues, to low energy and poor sleep. My goals are to demystify Ayurveda and present it as it has existed through the ages: an intuitive, practical, no-nonsense way to find balance.

Osteopathic medicine is a form of medical practice with its roots in the United States. American Osteopathic physicians are trained in modern medicine, pharmacology, technology, and surgery. However, we also have approximately 500 additional hours of training in Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy, or OMT.  This therapy emphasizes hands-on diagnosis and treatment.

Osteopathic doctors view the patient as a whole person, and not just a bundle of body parts and biochemical reactions.   We believe that the body possesses an innate ability to repair itself. The techniques we employ are non-invasive manual treatments that address altered musculoskeletal biomechanics, as well as restrictions in the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems.  OMT seeks to balance the organ systems and promote overall health by easing these restrictions and restoring mobility, decreasing inflammation, and reducing pain. This return to balance encourages the body to heal itself. Techniques used by Osteopathic physicians include soft-tissue stretching, releasing fascial tension, gentle manipulation of joints, treating the cranial mechanism, and encouraging lymphatic mobilization.

When I’m not here in the office, I bring these practices to the comfort, convenience, and privacy of your own home through the tradition of the house call.  Currently, I see patients within the San Francisco Bay Area.

I enjoy being the mother of two growing children.  My husband, a pediatrician, and I live in the Berkeley area.  I am fluent in the Indian languages of Marathi and Hindi, and have a degree in Sanskrit.

I look forward to working with you to create positive and lasting changes in your health, using techniques that are easily incorporated into your daily life.

Contact:

ThreeRiversAyurveda.com

510-423-4253

818-621-6987


John Luna-Sparks, Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist & Diplomate of Oriental Medicine

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John is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist and Diplomate of Oriental Medicine.  He combines the wisdom of Chinese Medicine with over 20 years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in trauma & abuse recovery.  He is skilled in the treatment of emotional, gastrointestinal, gynecological, musculoskeletal, neurological and respiratory disorders.  His practice is housed within the healing space of Yoga Kula where he offers comprehensive treatment with acupuncture, herbal formulas, cupping, moxibustion, gua sha, Tui Na medical massage and Wellness Events.  He is also a teacher of Qi Gong and Tai Chi and a certified self-defense instructor with Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower, International.  He strives to build healthier communities and help people take charge of their own healthcare.

Contact:

www.lunasparksacupuncture.com


Alok Rocheleau, Bodywork

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Alok is an experienced yogi and bodyworker who has traveled the world studying with various master teachers and styles.  He primarily works with Zen Thai Shiatsu, which is a blend of Thai Massage and Shiatsu techniques effective for injury prevention and rehab.  Alok also intuitively incorporates Acupressure, Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy and Chi Nei Tsang (abdominal Chi massage) based on the client’s needs.  Using knowledge of the Chinese Meridians, Alok supports the internal balance of the body,  removing blockages to the free flow of healing energy in the body. With his background in the yogic arts and a degree in exercise physiology, Alok uses this knowledge to unwind both the muscular and energetic systems of the body. Known for his strong, intuitive hands, Alok encourages awareness of the breath to help with release.  Sessions are done on a Thai mat over loose clothing.  Alok also does therapeutic flying massage and personalized yoga asanas with adjustments.

Contact:

www.RockWaterHealingArts.com


Fanny Clavier, LE, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, Pancha karma Specialist

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After growing up in France, Fanny pursued her interest of Philosophy and the Visual Arts at UC Davis under the guidance of Wayne Thiebaud, Manual Neri and Robert Arneson. She has since transferred her artistic passion to the Healing Arts, Ayurveda and Yoga philosophy, earning her Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist Certification from the California College of Ayurveda in Nevada City and her Esthetician License from Cinta Aveda Institute in San Francisco. She is delighted to share her passion for healing, using Ayurvedic therapies such as Shirodhara, as well as individualized facials and body care. She is grateful to work with organic, eco friendly, plant based oils and herbs in all of her treatments that are balancing for mind, body and the planet.

Contact:

www.fannyayurveda.com

(510)- 501-9784


Stephanie Doucette, Acupuncturist

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I am a Licensed Acupuncturist, Clinical Herbalist and Certified Massage Therapist. My advanced training in orthopedic therapy allows me to specialize in the treatment of injuries and chronic pain and in athletic performance enhancement. I also enjoy working with complex health conditions, using functional medicine, acupuncture and herbal therapy. Additionally, having completed special training in acupuncture obstetrics, I love supporting women through pre-conception, pregnancy and postpartum.

Supporting my patients to feel better, to experience greater ease and comfort, and to show up more fully in their lives is very rewarding to me.

I utilize a variety of therapies and modalities, including acupuncture, massage, orthopedic manual therapy, trigger point dry-needling, interpretation of laboratory tests, herbal medicine and whole foods nutrition.

Conditions effectively treated include:

  • Injury & chronic pain conditions affecting back, neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee,
  • ankle and feet
  • Digestive concerns: colitis, IBS, acid reflux, morning sickness
  • Lifespan women’s wellness: menstrual irregularities and pain, fertility, pregnancy & postpartum support, hormone-balancing, healthy menopause
  • Emotional concerns: depression, anxiety, insomnia, stress
  • Metabolic imbalances, such as diabetes, hypertension
  • Immune support: asthma, allergies, common cold, fatigue
  • Migraines, TMJ
  • Eczema, acne, rashes
  • Side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy

Contact:

stephanie@stephaniedoucette.com

(510)495-5752


Vaishnavi Lewis

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Vaishnavi Lewis left the corporate world of cable television in the 80’s to pursue intensive spiritual study, later traveling and teaching yoga and meditation throughout the United States, Canada, India and Australia.  Her interest in flower essences and vibrational healing began with the birth of her daughter.  Settling into family life, raising her daughter at home, she began to join spiritual insight and wisdom to a study of the subtle energies and gentle messages of the flowers. As a healer, in service of others, she offers her light, her insight, her gentle joy and wisdom, through her loving healing sessions.

Contact:

510 – 414-9649

vaishnavi@earthlink.net 


Anjuli Mahendra, LMT, NCBTMB

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Anjuli Mahendra is a multi-modality massage therapist, teacher, and retreat leader. Her Embodied Resonance practice includes integrated bodywork, workshops and retreats, coaching, and consulting that focus on wellness and empowerment. With over 15 years of experience as a yoga teacher and massage therapist and regular trips to Asia for further training, Anjuli brings a wealth of somatic experience to her treatments. She is a nationally licensed therapist with 1000+ hours of training in both Integrated Connective-tissue massage and Traditional Healing arts systems.

Anjuli’s bodywork practice is an integrated form of Connective-tissue and Thai bodywork focused on balancing the body with connective tissue elongation, deep stretching, compression, acupressure, and intuitive unwinding. Her practice incorporates a range of techniques informed by traditional healing arts systems including Shiatsu and Taoist bodywork and can include abdominal massage to balance the organs and meridians of the body. Anjuli’s therapeutic, intuitive touch supports clients to work through physical and emotional issues as well as bring them into a deep state of relaxation and connection. By layering in soft toning, breath cues, and energy-work into her practice, she encourages her clients connect to their innate wisdom and release what no longer serves.

Anjuli is the co-founder of ContactYoga.org and facilitates workshops and retreats to explore connection and touch through partner yoga, contact improvisation, and Thai Massage. In both teaching and bodywork, her goal is to create a sacred container for healing and growth, heightened listening, and expanded perspective.

Contact:

anjulimahendra@gmail.com

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www.contactyoga.org


Our body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening.

Treat it with care.

-YogaKula

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