When I first started looking into the world of alternative medicine it was an exciting time full of new experiences and possibilities. Now that that I know it works, I am hooked for life. There is no better feeling than being able to take care of your health, on your own, in a natural way. To live preventatively is so much easier than to try and reverse an ailment.

We all have things that come up from time to time. An achy back or spring allergies, something is bound to pop up at some point and when it does you need someone you can go to. Alternative medicine (bodywork) practitioners offer a wide range of healing modalities from massage to reiki to acupuncture.

Here are my recommendations on where to go if you are in San Francisco or Hawaii. They are (in my opinion) the best in their fields.

San Francisco, CA

Jbodyworks – 

What you go here for: Injury recovery and strength training.

Founder, Jae Yee has been in the health and wellness industry since 2003. As a Hendrickson Method therapist, he specializes in muscular dysfunctions and soft tissue injuries. His study of the human body started at age 10 where he practiced and studied the philosophies of movement and energy through Chinese martial arts and Tai-Chi. Jae holds over 200 hours of study in combined Eastern and Western modalities of bodywork, is a Nationally-Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and a Performance Enhancement Specialist with Z-Health, a neuro-science based performance system.

After having the honor and privilege of being on staff for 6 years with Dr. Tom Hendrickson at the Hendrickson Clinic, Jae is now a Master Trainer for Z-Health and has a movement therapy studio located in the SOMA area of San Francisco, where he trains and develops a team of coaches dedicated to having : “EVERY BODY WORK”.

Contact Jae:


In Touch

What you go here for: Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, bodywork, injury recovery

Founder, Jordanna Eve is a New York and California State licensed acupuncturist, nationally certified Chinese herbal therapist, certified Forrest Yoga instructor (RYT-200) and certified Authentic Pilates instructor specializing in pain management, injury recovery & prevention, and emotional balancing.

After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Dramatic Art-Dance from the University of California at Berkeley, she completed a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. In addition to operating a dual private acupuncture and pilates + yoga + barre practice, Jordanna has instructed both individual and group classes in large-scale gyms, privately owned studios, homes, and offices throughout the New York area since 2002 and most recently, in San Francisco.

She is the co-creator of Barre Burn, an ultra fresh and fierce Equinox group fitness class with international acclaim. Nationally, Jordanna has led numerous Master Classes and Teacher Trainings in this dynamic, powerful method.

Clients gravitate toward her movement + healing arts sanctuary for compassionate care, inspiring flow and magical healing touch. With a whole-hearted penchant for travel, Jordanna LOVES leading seasonal wellness retreats from the local to the exotic, brightening spirits along the way.

Contact Jordana:


Oahu, HI

Kara Zahl

What you go to her for: Massage, reiki, cranial sacral therapy

Kara is one of the most gifted healers I have ever met. Going to her for bodywork is an experience for all of the senses and you will receive so much more than what you pay for. First off, she really listens so tell her not only about what is going on in your body but also in your life. She takes that information and her acute intuition and chooses specific healing modalities that will best apply to your unique situation. Your body will feel amazing and you will find deep personal inspiration after a visit with Kara. This is a very personalized and special experience.

Contact Kara: (732) 281-7938

Kara Miller

What you go to her for: Thai Yoga Touch Therapy

Kara is one of the only practitioners of this modality on Oahu. This type of therapy is a magical psycho somatic experience, much different from a Thai massage. Inquire to learn more.

Contact Kara: (503) 807-3179

Global Health Chiropractic

What you go here for: Chiropractic adjustments.

Dr. Micaire Hawkins offers chiropractic work, weekly wellness classes, nutritional advice and supplements in Honolulu. She is highly regarded amongst her colleagues and clients as being the best on island.

Contact Dr. Micaire Hawkins (808) 521-9686

Justin Ryan

What you go to him for: Neural reset therapy

Justin specializes in muscular pain relief. By sending quick signals to the brain he can eliminate any type of body pain on the muscular level in minutes, sometimes even seconds. Justin is located conveniently in town at: 2658 South King St. Honolulu, HI 96826

Contact Justin (808) 358.7197 or

Maui, HI

Discover Katalyst

What you go here for: Life transformation

Kat Michelle offers intensive programs that offer several different modalities including holistic health coaching, brain training, deep therapeutic work and yoga over the course of 10 days. Sessions happen during an average of 4-4 1/2 hours per day. Days can be consecutive or spaced 2-3 days apart for convenience.

Contact Kat