I'm lucky to have friends who are healers. whenever I arrive in L.A., someone ends up doing some sort of alternative therapy on me. I have bad nasal allergies and a lot of tension in my back and neck, which are probably related. my friend Laura is a healer who is always learning new therapies, the latest being the chinese/vietnamese/javanese method of gua sha. the treatment involves scraping the skin with a jade blade and oil, to unlock tension and promote circulation. she asked me if I'd like to try it the other day, and I have to say I'm hooked. my back and neck were immediately looser in a way I've never experienced with even the deepest qui gong massage, chiropractic, or acupuncture treatment.
If you live in Los Angeles, you can contact Laura through her blog for an appointment.