Looking and feeling your best comes from the inside.
So take care of your whole body with our arsenal of Bay Area health and wellness resources including yoga and fitness classes, healthy meal plans, relaxing massages, energy healers, chiropractors, sound baths, and even holistic vets for your BFF. We've curated the best of it all. Go forth, and be well.
(From the editors: This guide was originally published in January 2017 and has been updated in 2018 to reflect the latest news and closures.)
Stretch + Sweat: The Best Yoga, Pilates + Fitness Classes in the Bay Area
YOGA TO THE PEOPLE
Stephanie Snyder's studio may feel the Mission's toniest spa, but the droves of devoted yogis who practice at Love Story (473 Valencia St, Mission) come to sweat it out to challenging, spiritually spiked all-level Vinyasa flows. Advanced practitioners pack the weeknight Vinyasa Flow Level 2/3 classes mat to mat. // It may be corporate, but there's nothing formulaic about Yoga Tree's Bay Area studios (multiple locations), which offer a broad spectrum of classes from kundalini to kirtan, acro to restorative. // Due to its prime Union Street address, The Pad (1694 Union St, Cow Hollow) has become It Girl central. You can find the beautiful ones enjoying the studio's creative programming, which includes a restorative practice with aromatherapy and reiki training. // Unobtrusive from the outside, packed and buzzy on the inside, Yoga Flow (1892 Union St, Cow Hollow) is best known for its challenging heated flow classes. // The East Bay's Namaste Yoga (multiple locations in Oakland and Berkeley) offers a wide range of class styles that cover not just athletic variations on flow, but also Nia dance and intensives such as yoga for beauty and aging. // Looking to avoid the sweaty studio? Kinesiologist and anusara teacher Jami Grassi teaches regular yoga classes in her Napa Valley barn, with views of Atlas Peak at the Silverado Hills.
PILATES FOR STRENGTH
Set in a chic and industrial studio, Informed Body (1731 Buchanan St. #1b, Japantown) offers expert classical instruction on a variety of Pilates machines either one-on-one or as part of a duet or trio (amazing for getting all of the personal attention while saving a few bucks). // The studio of choice for so many fitness professionals due to its focus on classical machine technique, Mighty Pilates (3654 Sacramento St., Presidio Heights) also offers non-traditional coursework (try booty and core) using a variety of Pilates machines to fine tune form and dig deeply into muscles you never knew existed. // If you've got your technique down and want to amp up the resistance and speed, the FitFormers at Pilates ProWorks (multiple locations, Bay Area–wide) will push you beyond anything Mr. Joseph Pilates could have imagined. // Founded by a ballerina turned Pilates pro, MNTSTUDIO (766 Brannan St, SoMa) offers reformer classes rooted in classical Pilates but with an athletic approach—even though your heart is pumping and you're breaking a sweat, your technique remains, ahem, on point. // Situated in Union Square, Maiden Lane Studios (80 Maiden Ln, Union Square) is a small, sunny, and modern space where we can breathe through our hundreds in peace. Plus, reformer and mixed apparatus classes are limited to just four people, so we can get all the special attention we need.
Having been called the "SoulCycle of yoga," Ritual (586 6th St, SoMa and 49 Kearny St, FiDi) offers a 55-minute fast-moving Vinyasa in a heated room. It is also the only studio to include one private yoga class per week in its $200 monthly membership. // Not for those looking for a relaxed ride, SoulCycle's (multiple locations Bay Area–wide) energetic and inspiring instructors lead some of the most intense 45-minute cardio classes in town through a series of flat sprints, hill climbs, core work, and the signature SoulCycle "tap back." You thought SoulCycle's standard 45-minute sessions were sweaty? The brand's new, 60-minute HIIT class will push your heart rate and your sweat glands to their limits. // If you love barre but feel like you need a second workout just to get your cardio in, Salt's (327 Divisadero St, Lower Haight) clever barre-and-boxing fusion class, Barre Fight, will get you strength, length, and sweat in one 60-minute session. // The interval class that launched a thousand copycats, the tried-and-true Barry's Bootcamp (multiple locations in SF) formula mixes treadmill grinds with resistance work. The franchise just opened a third SF location in FiDi. // Founded by Sebastien Lagree, who touts his patented Hollywood-favorite workout as the best way to achieve "ninja"-like tight muscles, Lagree has made its way up north, now with seven independently owned Lagree-licensed studios teaching the method in the Bay Area. Check our guide for Lagree classes in the Bay Area.
FITNESS FOR BEGINNERS
The gorgeously converted church that is now the Assembly (449 14th St, Mission) plays host not just to mind expanding art and wellness talks, or posh coworking digs for monthly members, but to some of the most forward-thinking group fitness classes in town. In addition to strength classes like Stronger and recovery classes like Liz Letchford's the release,acts, this place is (a stunning) home base for visiting superstars including Taryn Toomey's The Class. // If you're Ashtanga-curious and not yet ready to commit to a self-led Mysore practice, the Ashtanga Primer class at Asta Yoga (417 14th St, Mission) modifies poses to be challenging yet not out of reach for beginners. // SF's most stylish spin on ballet fitness, Avant Barre (592 3rd St, SoMa) features a signature class with fun and functional choreography that uses full-body movements such as pushups en relevé that are more about the sculpting than they are about technique. // Dance and Pilates-inspired, Vertical Method (2848 Webster St, Pacific Heights) uses a vertical pole and a series of bands and weights to strengthen the core and correct "tech neck" and "desk slouch." // For eager beginners hoping to fast-track their way to stripper strength in an non-intimidating space, the classes at SF Pole & Dance (301 8th St. #202, SoMa) include intros to pole, handstands, and floor acrobatics. // New to North Beach is a training gym focused on small group fitness, but unlike the many excellent and hardcore gyms across town, TribeFit (222 Columbus Ave. #220, North Beach) offers an Exercise Basics and Movement class as a gentle crash course on proper form for popular movements used in standard classes here and elsewhere.
While it might be the dream to have JLaw's personal trainer leading us through workouts and showing us what to eat while we're busy starring in the next Marvel movie, the next best thing might be SF's newest digital fitness startup, Everfit. A Slack-enabled "trainer in your pocket" creates workout, nutrition and recovery plans with regular check-ins on progress and encouragement along the way. // Like a magical gym where you can take class at any time from all of your fitness faves, Cody App features classes from sculpting to acroyoga taught by superstar instructors (including the Bay Area's own Janet Stone) that can be purchased á la carte or in training bundles without an ongoing subscription. // Just launched in the Bay Area in January 2017, Handstand is an on-demand personal training app for finding a thoroughly vetted (and affordable) trainer or coach who can help you strength train or fine-tune your yoga technique on your own schedule. // The app for exploring new studios and buying classes at a discount, ZenRez has a large inventory of classes offered by an impressive roster of partner yoga studios. // Friends have gone from couch to 10K using Aaptiv, an audio app that specializes in running and yoga for any level of fitness, and provides goal-based challenges and coaching along the way.
From beginners learning their first "footlock" to those who can "wheeldown" with ease, the aerial-silks courses at Aerial Artique (132 9th St. #302, SoMa) will do wonders for your upper body and core while doing your best Peter Pan and Tinkerbell. // It may not have the sleek locker rooms of a luxury gym or that new-studio smell, but SF's landmark Circus Center (755 Frederick St, Inner Sunset) is where you can work on strength and balance with circus and acrobatics experts in handstands, aerial silks, and tightrope. // Formerly called Basic Training, Revision Athletics' classes, held outdoors throughout the city at locations such as Aquatic Park Pier and the Palace of Fine Arts, combine interval work with bodyweight exercises to build functional strength and endurance in a community-driven environment. // Fitness bootcamp, yoga, and meditation for the time-deficient, Zenfit (multiple pop-up locations) rolls them all into one hour-long, nighttime pop-up class that begins with 25 minutes of HIIT, followed by 20 minutes of a yoga flow, and finishes with a 10-minute guided meditation.
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Eat Up: Healthy Meal Delivery, Restaurants, Juice Cleanses + More in the Bay Area
True Food Kitchen, inspired by the teachings of health guru Dr. Andrew Weil, serves up delish healthy fare such as this T.L.T. made of tempeh, lettuce, and tomato.
(Jani Gross, courtesy of @true_food_kitchen)
HEALTHY MEAL DELIVERY
Sakara Life launched its nutrition-focused meal delivery program in the Bay Area in 2016 after finding success in NYC and L.A. Big name celebs (ahem, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson and Chrissy Teigen) are hooked on the brand's delicious plant-based and organic meals. // All the gluten- and dairy-free meals at Methodology are customized to suit your body type, personal preferences, health goals, and allergies. // Thistle also delivers GF and DF meals, as well as cold-pressed juices, to the homes and offices of busy, health-conscious foodies all around the Bay Area. // Once a week, Purple Carrot ships everything you need to prepare quick-and-easy vegetarian meals in 40 minutes or less. // Berkeley-based Three Stone Hearth's weekly menu features nutrient-rich foods with maximum digestibility such as black bean chili, cottage pie with cauliflower mash, and even maple-vanilla tapioca pudding. // Sprig delivers super-healthy meals such as grilled chicken with marinara and spaghetti squash made from organic and sustainably sourced ingredients. // Sun Basket drops off pre-measured, farm-fresh ingredients and easy recipes at your door. Choose from a variety of different dishes such as pan-seared wild salmon and pork blade chop with paleo and gluten-free options (we love their zebra eggplant bowl). // Green Tiffin takes meal delivery to another level with plant-based sustainable food, eco-friendly delivery (e-bike), and reusable double-decker "tiffins" that come in a burlap sack that keeps food cold and creates zero waste. Their menu consists of vegan eats loaded with flavor—this week's menu has spinach chia-goji salad and falafel burger; ola pakora and eggplant parmigiana; and feta frittata and pumpkin pea curry. // Those seeking vegetarian meals will be thrilled to discover Veestro. Their 100 percent plant-based, organic, non-GMO, and chef-prepared entrees and juices are available a la carte, in meal packs, and there's even a gluten-free feast and weight loss menu plan. On the menu are black bean pasta alfredro, Indian kamut stew, and red curry. // If you want to put a little legwork in, Terra's Kitchen will provide everything you need, while still allowing you to feel like a Top Chef champ. Choose from 40 mouthwatering recipes created by their culinary team each week, and receive chopped ingredients with recipe cards. The options range from simpler eats to gourmet items like pesto goat cheese vegetable flatbreads. They also have pre-portioned meal kits as well as paleo, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. // The Cupboard SF is a one-woman show. Rachael Gorjestani has been cooking up healthy meals from her kitchen to deliver to anyone and everyone wants a pre-made, homemade healthy lunch—in singles or packs of four. // Farm Hill offers veggie options, grain bowls, dishes from Dosa, smoothies, and protein power packs. // Luke's Local has meal plans and pre-packed lunch boxes made by professional chefs with sustainable ingredients. They even have a house butcher. // Model Meals offers an array of options including grain-free, Whole 30-compatible, local, and organic meals delivered two days a week.
RESTAURANTS WITH VEGAN + GLUTEN-FREE FOCUS
Locally sourced and globally inspired, the menu at Millenium (5912 College Ave, Oakland) is constantly evolving. // Souley Vegan (301 Broadway, Oakland) is full of traditional Southern flavors; chow down on seitan steaks, sweet potato waffles, battered kale, and fried okra. // Shizen (370 14th St, Mission) prepares authentic Japanese dishes free of seafood, meat, dairy, or any other animal byproduct. Try their kale and beet salads, smoked bean curd and grilled mushroom skewers, and intricate sushi rolls made with spicy tofuna (that's faux tuna), avocado, and chili tobiko. // San Francisco's newest healthy addition, Little Gem (400 Grove St, Hayes Valley), comes from chef Dave Cruz (formerly of Ad Hoc) and offers a menu that's gluten-, dairy- and refined sugar-free. Little Gem wins for its morning salads that promise a green start to the day. // Serving up flavor-forward cuisine that caters to vegans, vegetarians and those with gluten sensitivity, menu items at True Food Kitchen (180 El Camino Real, Palo Alto and 120 Broadway Lane, Walnut Creek) are based on the anti-inflammatory diet principles of wellness superstar and father of integrative medicine Dr. Andrew Weil. // For dessert, Pepples Donut Farm (6037 San Pablo Ave, Oakland), a strictly vegan donut maker, will put any sweet tooth at ease with their grand selection of fried, filled, and glazed decadence or grab a sweet vegan treat and a individual pot of tea at the ever-popular Timeless Coffee Roasters and Bakery (4252 Piedmont Ave, Oakland) in Oakland. // The Butcher's Son has an ever changing menu with a variety of house-made "meats" and "cheeses" that will make you rethink what it means to be vegan. Their plant-based takes on deli classics and delectable pastries include meatball grinders, fried chicken, pulled pork and bacon patty melts. // Head over to Gracias Madre for vegan Taco Tuesdays and gorge on fried cauliflower with cashew-based queso in a warm tortilla. // Eat at Oakland's Shangri-La (4001 Linden St. and 4905 Telegraph Ave.), you only have two options: moderate or full and you'll get a hearty soup, endless kukicha tea, and a heaping plate of deliciously cooked greens, legumes, and veggies. // At Ananda Fuara (1298 Market St, Civic Center), spiritual guru Sri Chinmoy creates vegetarian and vegan eats like mushroom ravioli, curries, and mushroom burgers. // Prefer to cook it yourself? Gluten Free Forever, a quarterly magazine based in San Francisco, collects recipes from top chefs, tutorials for mastering gluten-free cooking, and a whole lot of stunning photography. GFF's founder/editor, Erika Lenkert, also curated 7x7's Big GF: 50 Downright Delicious Gluten-Free Eats in SF.
ULTIMATE JUICE CLEANSES
If a lifestyle reset is what you're looking for, Urban Remedy's Metta-morphosis will address body, mind, and spirit with its combination of green juices and real foods (there is chewing!), plus wellness shots, tinctures, coffee, and tea. // Adorably presented, Can Can Cleanse's mason jar-packed cleanse options range from all juice, mostly green, to mostly juice with some nut milk and a light dinner salad. // The Classic Reset is Project Juice's liquid-only cleanse that helps get rid of pesky cravings and fire up your newfound clean-eating habits. Six bottles include a D-Tox blend of chlorophyll, mint, green apple, and young coconut water, as well as the signature indulgence, Cashew Mylk. // If you're an experienced cleanser looking to up your juice-fast game, Juice Shop's Pro Cleanse offers an all-green organic vegetable juice cleanse with no fruit added. // Pressed Juicery has three different cleanse options: for first time cleansers and athletes (rich in protein and complex carbohydrates); those who want a balanced cleanse and juices with high efficacy; and their most intense, lowest calorie option for experienced cleansers. // Regenerate without feeling overly fatigued or starved with Happy Moose Juice. Try their full or mini cleanses packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and living enzymes to restore balance.
HEALING BONE BROTH
Your favorite Bay Area-based sustainable butcher-restaurant Belcampo Meat Co. (1998 Polk St, Nob Hill) has two bone broth options—organic beef and pork bones, or organic chicken and turkey carcasses and vegetables—simmered for a minimum of 20 hours to extract all the beneficial collagens from the bones. Enjoy a cup over brunch, or get a 28oz. container for $16. // Proposition Chicken's (1750 Market St, Mid-Market) broth really pushes the health agenda: Their $5 cup of chicken bone broth is simmered with another miracle elixir, apple cider vinegar, for 24 hours. // With a slew of healthy, organic fare, it's no surprise that As Quoted (3613 Sacramento St, Presidio Heights) also has their very own bone broth, made with pasture-raised chicken, chives, and Jacobsen sea salt. // Cooked in small, slow batches, and seasoned with organic veggies, seaweed and sea salt, Broth Baby delivers delicious doses of protein and minerals to your door. // Cafe Umami (2224 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland) offers Broth Baby's brew with a little something extra: Their broth bowl has brown rice, mushrooms, blanched spinach, burdock pickle, sauerkraut, and a dash of nori-gomasio. Don't miss the broffee, that's right—bone broth-infused coffee. // Mission Heirloom's (2085 Vine St, Berkeley) house-seasoned bone broth is made with the most highly gelatinous bones they can find; and they blend all the collagen and soft cartilage from the bones back into the broth so it's as nutrient-rich as possible (imagine the glowing skin and hair you'll have). Pop in for a cup of sipping bone broth in their outdoor garden (add a sous vide egg for some extra oomph), or grab a jar to take home.
Tea is the new coffee at Samovar Tea Lounge (411 Valencia St, Mission), where latte lovers can grab a wonderfully nuanced chai, which simmers all day in handmade copper urns; a shot of creamy, grassy matcha; or a turmeric latte with a fresh crack of black pepper on top. // Asha Tea House's (2086 University Ave, Berkeley) Pineapple Oolong, a sweet delicate tea paired with fresh seasonal fruit puree, is perfect for days when it's too hot for coffee. // Meanwhile, Boba Guys (8 Octavia St #308, Hayes Valley) focuses on ethically sourced and local ingredients for the highest-quality boba tea in town. Ask for yours with almond milk and honey instead of sugar. // For a tea education, cozy up to the bar at Chinatown's Vital Tea Leaf (509 Grant Ave, Chinatown), where the Blue People Oolong offers a solid coffee alternative with an added kick of sweet ginseng. // Not feeling tea? An Espresso Date Shake at Nourish Cafe (189 6th Ave, Richmond)—made with banana, dark roast coffee, cacao, dates, almond milk, and a pinch of sea salt—will get you through the day. // Head over to the Tea House of the Sacred Heart at the Center SF for a zenned-out Esalen-like experience. You can also do some yoga and learn about cannabis consciousness and biomimicry.
Marshall's Farm (159 Lombard Rd, American Canyon) harvests small quantities of gourmet honey from seasonal blooms (eucalyptus, star thistle, wildflower, and blackberry) in the microclimates of the San Francisco Bay Area. Pick up a jar at Whole Foods or Bi-Rite. // Steve Gentry of Steve's Bees specializes in raising local honeybee survivor stock (bees that can thrive in the local ecology). Find him selling honey, beeswax and propolis, candles, soap, lip balm, and hand salve at farmers markets in Orinda, San Ramon, Danville and Walnut Creek. // Bay Area Bee Company manages each of its hives without the use of pesticides, antibiotics or other chemicals, using hand-raised queens for optimal hive strength. Get it at Rainbow Grocery, Berkeley Natural, and Good Earth.
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Bliss Out: Massage Therapy, Acupuncture + Energy Healing in the Bay Area
SAY "AAH" MASSAGES
The recent addition of CBD-infused massage, promising an aromatic and anti-inflammatory experience, is reason enough to revisit the beloved Kabuki Springs & Spa (1750 Geary Blvd., Japantown), where communal hot tubs, a cold plunge, steam room and sauna promise you'll feel refreshed. In need of some deeper pampering? Try one of their worldly services like the Javanese Lulur—a traditional Indonesian ritual with a massage, turmeric and rice body scrub, a moisturizing yogurt application, and exotic flower bath. // Although anyone could benefit from the hands of holistic massage therapist Michelle Bravo, the EOS™ Lymphatic Massage at EOS Massage (450 Sutter St., #2011, Union Square) is particularly healing for people seeking post-operative support for oncology, plastic surgery, or orthopedic procedures. Includes therapeutic-grade essential oils to help soothe, detoxify and heal the body. // At the all-suite, hyper-luxurious Meadowood Spa (900 Meadowood Ln, St. Helena)—complete with soaking pools, relaxation gardens, and its own culinary offering—hotel guests and club members may hole up among plush furnishings, private steam rooms, and views to tranquil natural surrounds for the Essential Journey, a 90-minute refresh sesh that includes a one-hour massage, facial or body treatment plus a wellness consultation. // We're all for the lavish, luxurious spa massage experience, but when we need something down and dirty, we go straight to Suchada Thai Massage (multiple locations), for a 90-minute
beatdown Thai Therapeutic Massage that leaves us feeling like jello. // In addition to Swedish and shiatsu massage, Pearl Spa (1654 Post St, Japantown), a women-only oasis, is known for its unique Korean spa offerings: Let a pool of marble-sized clay balls massages your aching muscles, or balance your energy and blood sugar levels in the Himalayan salt room. // We love International Orange (2044 Fillmore St, 2nd Floor, Lower Pac Heights) for its four-handed massage, in which not one, but two practitioners use four hands to rub in a myriad of calming aromalicious body balms from local company In Fiore. A finishing heat towel for the shoulders melts away any remaining tension.
ACUPUNCTURE + BEYOND
Moss Acupuncture (415 Spruce St., Presidio Heights), a traditional Chinese medicine practice led by Jennifer Moss, serves up acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, and moxibustion to relieve whatever ails you, from PMS to poor digestion. // Known for her sense of humor, thorough consultations, and magical pre-needling massage, Marintha Tewksbury (605 Chenery St., Civic Center) is a universally adored healer. // Jonah Hershowitz, cofounder of San Francisco Acupuncture Group (220 Montgomery St, Suite 450, FiDi), is passionate about helping his patients with highly individualized plans that may include acupuncture, massage, herbal medicine, and light and laser therapies. // Healthy, radiant skin starts with a comprehensive skincare and body wellness consultation with Kristina Holey (864 Post St., Tenderloin). Once she has identified internal and external imbalances, treatment includes a combo of traditional Chinese medicine and dietary and lifestyle recommendations. // For almost 40 years, Goop-approved acupuncturist Margaret "Peggy" Arent (620 Euclid Ave, Inner Richmond) has been practicing holistic Classical Five Element acupuncture. The journey begins with a rigorous diagnostic consultation. (Fun fact: Alice Waters is a longtime student.) // With a background in cell and developmental biology ,Camille Schindler of Honeycomb Acupuncture (541 Athol Ave, Oakland) pairs acupuncture sessions with massage so you feel entirely rejuvenated afterward. // Jonny Nobleza of Root Source Medicine (2730 Telegraph Avenue Suite 2, Berkeley) is one of the most zen-ned out humans you'll meet—just being in this yogi's presence has a calming effect. Practicing East Asian medicine, acupuncture, and bodywork, he offers craniosacral therapy, cupping, and moxibustion, and more.
Integrative nurse practitioner Anne Easthope's expertise is treating women's health and fertility issues, as well as autoimmune and thyroid/adrenal problems at CPMC's Institute for Health & Healing Clinic (2300 California St., Pacific Heights). Addressing more than just symptoms, her unique treatment blends nursing, holistic, and medical care to meet the needs of each client. Everyone needs to clear their chakras at some point, right? // When the time comes, hit up Tanya Corona (1069 York St., Mission) for a crystal therapy session wherein various gemstones and rocks are used along with a combination of healing techniques such as reiki. These sessions are also meant to activate your own healing abilities. // Put a little shamanism in your life with a session at Vibrant Reiki (399 Arguello Blvd., Inner Richmond), where founder and shaman Anna Dorian blends traditional ceremony with the needs and desires of individuals, which often includes laughing, or crying. // SF Reiki Center (3150 18th St #243, Mission) caters to a multitude of reiki needs include private sessions, distance sessions, a Monday evening clinic, as well as classes and workshops.
COLONICS ARE THE SH*T
With the tagline "We Really Know Our Sh*t," TMI Colonics (1478A Church St., Noe Valley) is our kind of place for a good flush. Hydrotherapists Marianne Graham and Julianne Bice use the LIBBE "open" system regarded as the most comfortable and advanced way to lose your, well, you know. // Marinites in need of Marie Kondo-ing their colons flock to CleanseMarin (1100 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., #3, Kentfield) for colon hydrotherapy, as well as customized detoxification/cleansing programs. // Revel & Rose (3303 Buchanan St, Marina) offers a smorgasbord of colon-hydrotherapy treatments, including the Dotolo closed system, where a therapist controls the flow of water used. Expect reasonable prices and excellent technicians. // Cultivate Detox (4333 Piedmont Ave, Oakland) is the only Bay Area studio offering the Woods Gravity cleansing system; you can even take a class in colon hygiene.
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Get Cracking: The Best Chiropractors, Integrative Medicine, Healthy Dentists + Vets in the Bay Area
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CHIROPRACTORS ARE THE NEW GP
Once upon a time, the chiropractor was simply good for a crack. But with a surge in integrative practices, and specialties ranging from nutrition to physical therapy to neurology, modern chiro offices are one-stop wellness shops. Chiro-Medical Group (One Embarcadero Center, FiDi) brings to the table wizards of medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, nutrition, and athletic training for a 360 approach to care. // Marathoners and mountain climbers trust Lisa Covey and her team at FitWell Chiropractic Sports Medicine (900 Noe St., Castro) to cure acute injuries and chronic nuisances through a menu of offerings that includes Active Release Technique (ART), functional rehab, massage therapy, and even Pilates. // At Union Square Chiropractic (450 Sutter St., Ste. 825), Jacalyn Buettner (aka Dr. B.) practices an inside-out approach, offering detox programs as well as Designed Clinical Nutrition, which utilizes whole-food supplements to correct underlying deficiencies or imbalances. // Folks with neurological disturbances—think migraines, dizziness and vertigo, and concussions—will love certified chiropractic neurologist Dr. Josuke Tanaka (1904 Franklin St., #705, Oakland), who, in addition to brain-based rehabilitation, also focuses on sports injuries, diet planning, and health coaching. // Dr. Steven Katz (Harmonia Wellness Center, 2200 Marinship Way, Sausalito) is Marin's go-to for diehard yogis: In addition to his brand of chiropractic-meets-yoga therapeutics, Katz teaches courses on yoga posture alignment. Go on, show him your downward dog.
THE BEST OF ALL WORLDS: INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE
There may come a time when you need to bring out the big guns (knock on wood). For folks with more serious health concerns who may also be wary of the medical establishment, these practices marry the best of Western, alternative, and precision techniques. We swear by the wisdom of Dr. Ahvie Herskowitz, founder of Anatara Medicine (1700 California St, Ste. 250, Pacific Heights), who fights everything from aging to Lyme disease and cancer with various IV therapies, multi-pass ozone, and low-dose chemotherapy, as well as naturopathic, regenerative, and genomic medicines. // Functional medicine clinic Parsley Health (600 California St, Chinatown) is the only doctor's office we've ever visited inside of a WeWork, but that's not the only first we experienced here. Its cutting-edge cred spans from its real estate to 24/7 messaging, to a big focus on testing for data-driven preventative medicine, a 90-minute initial intake appointment and regular check-ups with an on-staff health coach. The membership-based services include precision testing, stress management, health-coaching, and 24/7 access to medical records. // West meets East at Dr. Michael Broffman's 30-year-old Pine Street Clinic (124 Pine St., San Anselmo), where the holistic approach to cancer treatment includes acupuncture and herbal protocols. // For integrative offerings in a more traditional setting, try Sutter's Institute of Health and Healing (multiple locations) or UCSF's Osher Center for Integrative Medicine (1545 Divisadero St., 4th Fl., Pacific Heights). // San Francisco Natural Medicine (1615 20th St, Potrero Hill) offers everything from neuroscience testing to acupuncture.
THE DENTIST'S OFFICE 2.0
Polishing up your pearly whites need not be a pain—modern Bay Area dentists are making the experience greener and more stylish. In San Francisco and Orinda, brothers Koopah & Koopah (490 Post St., Ste. 710 Union Square; and 96 David Rd., Ste. 6, Orinda) run a tight and smartly outfitted ship, with design-minded furnishings, cutting-edge technology (they can 3D print your next crown!), and a focus in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. // Meanwhile in Berkeley, Transcendentist (3030 Ashby Ave., Ste. 101, Berkeley) lives up to its hippie name. Billed as the "very first green dentist office the country," this holistic practice uses only sustainable and nontoxic materials—think BPA-free mouth guards and low-radiation digital imaging. // For an eco-friendly take on dentistry in the North Bay, make an appointment at Smile Marin (1000 S. Eliseo Dr., Ste. 202, Greenbrae), where Dr. Eric Zaremski may treat your teeth and gums with a painless application of bacteria-busting ozone. // At *Soothing Dental (locations in SF, Los Gatos, Belmont, and Sunnyvale), the docs believe that having a clean mouth not only feels better but is physiologically beneficial, the team brings a holistic approach to oral care. Install their app to book your initial visit.
HOLISTIC VETS TO THE RESCUE
Do unto your pets as you would do unto yourselves. Get thee to one of the Bay Area's most forward-thinking vets. Blue Sparrow Holistic Veterinary House Calls (check their site for Bay Area service locations) emphasizes a blend of Western and traditional Chinese veterinary practices. Dr. Araba Oglesby offers preventative and wellness care through acupuncture, herbs, and nutrition—and she takes the pain out of dragging your quivering pup to the vet. // Lotus Veterinary (Bay Area–wide) also comes to you, offering integrative treatments such as cold laser and ozone therapy. // SF's Healthy Pets Veterinary Hospital (373 West Portal Ave, Forest Hill) provides both Western-style and holistic care, plus massage therapy to keep Fido in tip-top shape. // Coastal Holistic (1830A Palmetto Ave., Pacifica) is a homey clinic offering animal chiropractic and herbal medicine. // For pets with chronic pain, Creature Comfort Holistic Veterinary Clinic (2501 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland) offers electromagnetic therapy and prolotherapy. // For pet owners in need of financial assistance, the SF SPCA (201 Alabama St., Mission; and 2343 Fillmore St., Pacific Heights) offers affordable care programs.
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Go Green: How to Utilize Cannabis for Wellness
(Courtesy of Flow Kana)
A healthy lifestyle increasingly includes a bit of cannabis, whose powerful effects range from elevating mood and increasing energy to encouraging sleep and reducing inflammation.
*Flow Kana partners with heritage farmers in Northern California who cultivate cannabis sustainably, using only the power of the sun and organic inputs to provide a consistent and reliable selection of carefully curated and organically cultivated cannabis products. Here's your guide for going green.
All Flow Kana flowers are top shelf, hand-trimmed, and available in one-eighth or one-gram premium airtight, UV-protected amber jars made from the finest glass. When shopping for flower, it's important to consider the effects you seek. Active flowers are sativa-leaning strains, ideal for powering up and offering an invigorating boost with a sense of euphoria. FK's Relaxed flower family includes indica-leaning strains that are great for helping unwind tensions and allowing for peace to wash over you. Balanced flowers, meanwhile, offer a higher concentration of CBD and less THC to soothe the mind and body with fewer psychoactive properties.
All Flow Kana flowers are also available pre-rolled for on-the-go use. Try the Minis—a six pack of strain-specific, half-gram pre-rolls—and Pre-Roll Cones, one-gram full flower pre-rolls that are hand-packed and housed in premium UV-protecting amber glass tubes to maintain quality freshness. Both are available in Active, Balanced and Relaxed effect-based blends.
Flow Kana products are available at dispensaries Bay Area–wide and for delivery at flowkana.com/products. *Thank you to our friends and partners at Flow Kana.