The San Francisco Wellness Guide
San Francisco has been a long-time pioneer in the world of health and wellness, putting many a food trend on the map before it ever went mainstream. It doesn’t hurt that the city is surrounded by some of the country’s best surf breaks and hiking.
In honor of our San Francisco goop MRKT, we put together a list of the city’s best healers, facialists, bodyworkers, and restaurants.
EOS Massage450 Sutter St., Nob Hill | 415.971.9373
Michelle Bravo is a certified holistic massage therapist (HMT) and certified aromatherapist (CAT), two skills that she expertly combines in her signature treatments, which are all trademarked to her unique EOS technique. She's celebrated for a lymphatic massage that incorporates aromatherapy. Clients also love that Michelle is a kind, intuitive sounding board and love talking to her during their treatments—for the full experience, you can book her for a lifestyle coaching session.
Tanya Corona1069 York St., The Mission | 415.350.6585
Reiki and spiritual healing are definitely not for everyone, but if it's not your first alternative therapy rodeo, Tanya Corona is kind of a one-stop-shop. She's trained in Reiki, chakra clearing, and crystal and sound healing, and her healing activation sessions combine a little bit of everything.
Margaret Arent2998 Pacific Ave., Pacific Heights | 415.674.3462
Margaret Arent is a bit of an institution in San Francisco at this point—treating local celebrities like Alice Waters, she's been in practice for nearly 40 years. She practices five element acupuncture.
PostureWorks9 Columbus Ave., Financial District | 415.373.3897
It's hard to find two people more geekily passionate about chiropractic care (in the best possible way) than Scott Levin and Jason Miller, which is a big part of whey PostureWorks is San Francisco's gold standard for anyone with back problems. In addition to their chiropractic practice, they both lecture frequently at UCSF Med Center and handle their nutritional clinic, Nutraworks.
Psoas Massage + Bodywork333 3rd St., SoMa | 415.227.0331
The great thing about Psoas is that founders Jennifer Lighthouse and Scott Schwartz bring so many different types of massage under the same roof; they offer everything from neurokinetic therapy to orthopedic massage. They're particularly great for sports massage (Jennifer is a former gymnast and diver) and pre-and post-natal bodywork.
Michelle Graves30 Hotaling Pl., Financial District | 415.677.4447
What makes Michelle Graves' practice special (she does acupuncture and herbalism) is her focus on women; from prenatal to new moms to hormonal pain and imbalances, she's particularly in tune with issues that affect women specifically. Michelle learned Chinese herbalism and medicine during her graduate study in Zhejiang Province, where she studied gynecology, oncology, and women's health. Michelle also does cupping and fertility treatments.
Retreat Acupuncture1801 Bush St., Pacific Heights | 415.441.7200
Retreat Acupuncture has an office in the coolest old building in Lower Pacific Heights; formerly the Green Brothers Eye Hopsital, it's now full of alternative healing practitioners. Retreat was founded by Julie Hackmann (who specializes in womens health), and she's got a roster of amazing women who all specialize in traditional Chinese medicine. Ask for Rachel Root for acupuncture.
Fred Mitouer44800 Fish Rock Rd., Gualala | 707.884.3138
When acupuncturists and other healers need bodywork, they go to Fred Mitouer. He does bodywork for all of the Buddhist priests in the area (seriously), using a variety of modalities. He's best known for a somatic therapy called Transformational Bodywork, where he combines deep therapy with an emotional release for lasting effects.
Tempel Smith started studying Buddhism and meditation in 1989 and even spent a year in Burma as an ordained Theravadan monk; after which he studied in silence for nine months (talk about commitment). He also completed a four-year teacher training program at Spirit Rock, where he learned a particular brand of somatic healing called Somatic Experiencing that's a powerful healing tool for people with PTSD. Though Smith does Dharma teaching and much of his work has its foundation in Buddhist principles, his somatic healing methods are firmly secular.
Juliana Kramer2006 Dwight Way, Berkeley | 415.672.2036
Juliana does acupuncture, cupping, herbal work, and fantastic massage. She's also well known for her excellent bedside manner; she's kind, warm, and a pleasure to be around, which makes the entire experience all the more pleasant.
Julie Lynge309 Brigdeway, Sausalito | 415.471.9934
As a dental technician, Julie Lynge wondered what was causing clients to grind their teeth. Curious to learn more about how the body is connected, Lynge began training in craniosacral therapy, deep tissue, and other massage methods and techniques in Copenhagen. Today, Lynge's clinic specializes in massage therapy that helps to resolve ailments ranging from TMJ, to migraines, headaches, and joint pain. Lynge also offers a "facelift massage," which focuses on relaxing tension in the face and stimulating circulation for fresher looking, and feeling, skin.