Born and raised in the Philippines, Clarita Tano Zinatbakhsh grew up in the country, living on farms and eating food from the earth. She learned early on the importance of what goes inside your body and where it comes from. This sentiment has traveled with her throughout her life. Today, she lives in Los Angeles, California and works at a local farmers market, selling locally grown products that use no pesticides or chemicals.
Experience has taught Clarita the connection between eating healthy and the benefits of seeking relief of illnesses through eastern medicine. Prior to discovering acupuncture, Clarita was one of many people who sought out western remedies for illnesses and ailments. Working at a beauty shop in Bagiou City when she was young, Clarita found her immune system compromised from exposure to chemicals used in the shop. She suffered from chronic coughs and colds, which were treated with antibiotics following an impersonal visit with the doctor. As her conditions continued to worsen, so did the prescribing of antibiotics, only at higher doses. This vicious and expensive cycle continued leading to her feeling even worse with new symptoms, which included stomach pains similar to symptoms of an ulcer.
During the seemingly late hours in which only artists and writers create magic, I had the pleasure of speaking with attuned musician, harmonious spirit and Topanga local, Joel Shearer. As we spoke about energy shifting, mindfulness and maintaining a continuous posture of growth and practice, I was gratefully aware of the years I’ve spent dancing through Los Angeles only hearing of Joel’s musical endeavors and running into him on occasion. So it came as a pleasant surprise to find that I was going to interview him about his connection to Elysia Life Care and the kindred nature that connects me with so many other like-minded people throughout Los Angeles.
One might recognize the strikingly beautiful and creative Ally Walsh from the likes of their favorite online shops and storefronts, or they may recognize her from the local Mercado Segrado as she prepares ‘Sex Dust Lattes’ made with her very own Canyon Coffee, a business she started alongside her boyfriend this past year.
Christy Dawn offers me some green juice and kombucha on tap, as I’m surrounded by her beautifully designed dresses, in her newly renovated downtown warehouse, on a traditionally hot Los Angeles day. As I look around, enamored by the growth of her business and her astonishing natural beauty, I wonder how she manages her many hats, while still evoking such inner peace and dedication to all that surrounds her.
With beauty, serenity, and open arms, Elaina Bellis lets me into her home to speak a little bit about her pregnancies, hardships, wellness regiments, and favorite foods. As a healthy mother of two beautiful one year old twin girls, she has a great deal of insight about the benefits of acupuncture and other wellbeing regiments during and after her births. As I sit with her over a meal of freshly prepared organic chicken fajitas (which I initially declined but then couldn’t help myself over), she opens up about some of the challenges surrounding her physical and emotional life as a result of trauma’s she’s experienced over the last few years.
Embodying the lifestyle and philosophy of Elysia Life Care has been nothing short of miraculous for Stephen Fisch, who speaks passionately with me about his transformative experience and lifestyle. Before beginning our interview, Stephen shares with me a little background story, and the moments that helped him find this healing space.