Friday, March 6, 2009

New Wellness Businesses Come to Downtown

Two natural health and wellness businesses have opened in downtown San Pedro. The Body Purification Center and Moya Body Care & Colon Hydrotherapy approach health care holistically, bypassing pharmaceutical remedies in favor of counseling, medicinal foods and herbal treatments to improve clients’ wellbeing in body, mind and spirit.

Body Purification Center

It’s a toxic world and even more so adjacent the harbor.

Even if symptoms aren’t as extreme as asthma, air pollution combined with an unhealthy diet, stress and job-related aches and pains can make a person feel sluggish and run down.

Body Purification Center on Sixth Street is dedicated to healing these problems.

“Our passion is dealing with the health impact of environmental issues,” said co-owner Marc Ryan. “We offer non-toxic solutions to health problems.”

The lounge at Body Purification Center.

The herbal pharmacy.

The facility is a “multi-specialty health and wellness center for all ages focused on treating health issues resulting from exposure to environmental toxins and injuries, aches and pains caused by work.”

It offers preventative treatment for maritime-industry workers and others who want to strengthen injury-prone muscles and mitigate the effects of air pollution. The center also offers rehabilitation services for injured workers.

Clients are treated by Ryan, a integrative medicine specialist at UCLA, and his colleagues: acupuncturist and herbalist Olesia Farberov, personal trainer Steve Sanchez and chiropractor Dr. Gregory Cartmell.

Whether a person is preventing or recovering from a job-related injury or just wants to explore an alternative approach to better health, the Body Purification Center offers individualized remedies based primarily on a blood chemistry analysis performed on site.

After reviewing the results of the blood test, the experts will recommend a regimen of diet, exercise and herbal supplements for preventative or rehabilitative purposes.

The center offers detox foot baths “a la carte,” so clients can literally get their feet wet before deciding to undergo a full purification diagnosis.

Integrated, holistic treatment may include a combination of personal training, acupuncture, massage, chiropractic treatment, teas, herbal tonics and elixirs.

Prospective clients are invited to come by for a cup of tea and learn more about the center.

Located at 150 W. Sixth St., Suite 200. Open Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (310) 831-2202;

Moya Body Care & Colon Hydrotherapy

This new business specializes in colon hydrotherapy, a treatment to remove bodily waste from the colon. The procedure can improve overall wellness and help relieve constipation and other maladies.

The treatment is performed by Monisha Garner, owner of Moya Body Care at the 8th Street Lofts.

Monisha Garner of Moya Body Care.

Services are based on the philosophy of “retreating back to our natural state of wholeness, becoming centered well-beings and maintaining a balance between a healthy lifestyle and genuine wellness.”

Services include colon hydrotherapy, wellness coaching, massage, yoga, Pilates, detox foot baths, ear candling, detox retreats and organic body care products.

Prospective clients may be people who want to lose weight, have more energy, sleep better, improve facial complexion or just have a more positive, empowered attitude towards life.

“I use a lot of affirmations and controlled breathing to help people release what’s hurting them, physically and emotionally,” said Garner. “Just learning how to breathe deeply and fully can be so powerful. When you allow your organs to stretch out and breathe, you can get rid of the negative and give the positive room to flourish.”

Located at 800 S. Pacific Ave., Suite 201. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and Sun. by appointment; (562) 682-0818;

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