On the Wellness Journey 8

Alternate Therapies in the Area

The New Year is when many promise to pay more attention to their health and well-being with renewed hope and motivation. Here are a few alternate therapies available in the community on your journey to better mental and physical care for yourself and those around you.

Float North County


If you’ve never tried then floating can be a great way to reduce stress and pain, and rejuvenate the body and mind. Float North County offers salt-water float tank therapy in their health spa and is the only float studio in Southern California with the spacious 7 ft. tall Ocean float rooms to help people get past their concerns of getting into an enclosed space. “Without the need to fight gravity or take in external information in the float tank, you will likely experience the most complete relaxation you’ve ever felt,” says owner Glenn Stokoe.

Floating is a practice where you float in a large enclosed tank (this is not a claustrophobic experience) containing 11 inches of water and over 1,000 lbs of Epsom Salt, allowing your body to float with your face out of the water. The water is heated to the same temperature as your skin (93.5 degrees). This environment reduces all sensory input while eliciting the body’s deep relaxation response and activating its own system for recuperation, recovery and healing. This stimulates the brain to secrete endorphins: pain killing and euphoria-creating substances boosting your mood that can last for days. Laboratory studies show that floating can rapidly and significantly decrease stress and anxiety, by sharply lowering the levels of biochemicals directly related to stress, anxiety, tension, the “fight or flight response”, and heart disease and other stress-related illnesses. FloatNorthCounty.com

Cryo Shield Therapy

The passion project of professional MLB pitcher James Shields, a huge proponent and beneficiary of whole body cryotherapy (WBC) treatment, Cryo Shield opened in 2016, offering cutting-edge treatment that utilizes liquid nitrogen vapor to promote healing and improved well-being.

Cryotherapy’s ability to reduce inflammation makes it a popular treatment for athletes, fitness enthusiasts and arthritis sufferers. Patients come to Cryo Shield for a range of reasons beyond athletic recovery though. People suffering from debilitating disorders have found their relief with regular cold therapy treatments. Positive results with WBC have occurred when applied to everything from immune-mediated inflammatory diseases and Rheumatoid arthritis to psoriasis and fibromyalgia. Even Osteoarthritis, spinal syndromes, depressive disorders and asthma can be treated.

“We’ve served the gamut in terms of client ages and symptoms, and have repeat customers because people experience the results right away,” says Brandon Smith, Manager at Cryo Shield. “If you are seeking relief from pain, wanting to improve your health and get on that path to well-being in the new year, then do visit us for a consultation.”

Cryo Shield now also offers NormaTec recovery technology as a complement to cryotherapy sessions. NormaTec is the latest and fastest form of recovery for athletes of all levels. In as little as ten minutes, you notice a dramatic reduction in any soreness, cramping or fatigue associated with any activity that can wear on your body. CryoShieldTherapy.com

The Dancing Canvas – 
Expressive Arts Therapy

In August 2016, Multi-media artist, Expressive Arts Therapist and Owner Natalie S. Cruz realized her dream of opening a private practice studio, The Dancing Canvas Studio in Solana Beach. “Expressive Arts Therapy is an arts-based therapeutic approach that helps people connect with their inner resources as a tool for emotional expression, self discovery and healing,” says Cruz.

Clients seek her support for a wide range of challenges: From children struggling at school, illness and divorcing parents, to teens exploring identity, independence and navigating relationships, from adults burdened with anxiety, depression and various life transitions, to seniors seeking vitality and support grieving losses of loved ones. Expressive Arts Therapy provides an embodied approach to coping with trying situations and helps clients use their sensory experiences as an important resource for healing.

At Cruz’s studio, five art disciplines are offered to allow clients to explore an assortment of creative opportunities including Visual Arts, Music, Dance/ Movement, Poetry/ Creative writing and Drama/ Storytelling. All skill levels are welcome as she guides clients in easy processes and encourages a sense of play with the materials. Cruz says, “My work is very special to me. I feel honored to connect with people in a meaningful way and to support them as they navigate some of the most difficult times in their lives.” TheDancingCanvas.com

Riverpath Chiropractic

Prenatal and Infant Chiropractors Kim McHugh, DC and Chris McHugh DC specialize in the care of pregnant mothers, infants and children. In addition to eight years of schooling to become Doctors of Chiropractic, both have completed specialized training in pregnancy and pediatrics. While pregnant mothers can and do visit here for relief, the McHughs are more known in the community for their care for newborns!

“We see newborns in their home as soon as possible after birth,” shares Kim. “We use gentle and specific techniques, no more pressure than one would use to check the ripeness of a tomato. Craniosacral therapy is something we use everyday on our patients to facilitate the ‘rest and digest’ response so critical in the development of an infant.”

Their custom built “brain gym” is especially beneficial to kids with learning disabilities, ADHD and autism. Their thermography scans of the spine allow for an objective way of tracking the stress response and a basis for any care plans. What makes their office different though is ‘Brain Based Wellness’. “Our job, as brain based wellness chiropractors, is to find and correct any fixations within the joints to restore proper communication and responses to daily stresses,” says Chris. “What could be more important during pregnancy, when trillions of processes are happening all at once to build the perfect baby?” RiverpathChiropractic.com

Pacific Psychiatry & 
Anesthesia Associates

Founded by Drs. Jake and Jessica Hollingsworth in the fall of 2017, PPAA offers psychiatric treatments with a new interventional approach for anxiety, insomnia, ADHD, depression, and other mood disorders. Their direct focus is on ketamine infusions and injections, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS), and conservative medication management, specializing in detoxing and de-prescribing.

Interventional psychiatry is a mental health specialty that uses electrical or magnetic stimulation, as well as some drug treatments, to alter brain circuitry and subsequently ease the symptoms of long-term depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders. Patients frequently suffer through many ineffective medication trials before TMS or ketamine is considered, and depression and other psychiatric conditions are often resistant to treatment. It is beneficial to be evaluated by a program that can provide all available interventional procedures for an unbiased and informed recommendation of what treatment is likely to be most effective for a specific situation.

“We have more to offer than just medication adjustments,” says Dr. Jake. “We offer several other interventional treatments for psychiatric disorders. We utilize injectable ketamine therapy, neurostimulation technology, along with conservative medication management.” Dr. Jessica shares, “We typically don’t have to be overly aggressive with medications, because we offer different types of treatment. We look for all angles of opportunity to return patients to their highest level of function and quality of life.” PacificPsychAndAnesthesia.com