Exotic food, books and healing mind and body 

Faves and raves by Margarita Camarena

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AGE:
36

YEARS IN THE CITY:
11

NEIGHBORHOOD: Sunset district

OCCUPATION:
Graphic designer/massage therapist

SELF-DESCRIPTION: San Francisco’s essence and history is inspirational; its soil is very much like her Mexico City homeland. In energy, it makes her feel at home, except that this home has a Golden Gate.

FAVORITE SALON

Atelier Emmanuel

WHERE:
166 Geary St., Suite 1606, at Stockton Street

WHAT: Exquisite massage and elegance in hairstyling

INFO: (415) 362-8063 or www.atelieremmanuel.com

There is a transformation that happens when I go there. The ambiance is relaxed and professional. I come out feeling wonderful and looking my best after a massage and a hair appointment.

FAVORITE HEALING SPACE

OmSpring

WHERE:
550 Wisconsin St., at 19th Street

WHAT: Transcendental Ayurvedic classes and treatments

INFO: (415) 206-9920 or www.omspring.org

Suteja is a gifted healer and teacher. She uses multidimensional techniques, including meditation, bodywork, chakra healing and Ayurvedic treatments. The herbs and lifestyle changes she recommended took me to a place in my body I never thought existed!

FAVORITE WORKOUT PLACE

The Sports Club/LA

WHERE:
747 Market St., at Grant Avenue

WHAT: A luxurious experience with a welcoming, approachable and professional atmosphere

INFO: (415) 633-3900 or www.thesportsclubla.com

Beautiful facility, great pool and lots of cardio machines. The instructors are exceptional and the trainers exceed everyone’s expectations. They will do whatever you are ready to do to reach your fitness goals.  

FAVORITE CHIROPRACTOR

Northpoint Chiropractic and Family Wellness Center

WHERE:
965 North Point St., Unit A, at Polk Street

WHAT: The most gentle adjustments with a twist

INFO: (415) 931-9355 or www.yelp.com/biz/northpoint-chiropractic-san-francisco

I was unable to walk after hurting my back, so I went to see Dr. Eric Rubin at Northpoint Chiropractic. After getting treatments two days in a row, my pain was gone and I was able to go back to work.

FAVORITE ASTROLOGER

Linea Van Horn

WHERE:
Sunset district

WHAT: Practical astrology you can use in your everyday life

INFO: (415) 418-9677

Linea did my natal astrology chart so that my life and life patterns became clearer, which helped me make different and more-conscious choices.  

FAVORITE RESTAURANT

Starbelly

WHERE:
3583 16th St., at Market Street

WHAT: Cuisine for vegetarians, vegans and carnivores who embrace the joy of eating

INFO: (415) 252-7500 or www.starbellysf.com

Chef Adam Timney is a master of creating dishes featuring exotic flavors with nurturing fillings. The menu is so diverse that it includes every food preference.

FAVORITE CHURCH

The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi

WHERE:
610 Vallejo St., at Columbus Avenue

WHAT: A church founded in 1849

INFO: (415) 986-4557 or www.shrinesf.org

This church is humble and beautiful, with lovely frescos and architecture which speaks of its time. Even if you’re not a Catholic, it is a perfect place to sit and meditate.

FAVORITE MUSEUM

California Academy of Sciences

WHERE:
55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park

WHAT: Beautiful, educational and fun, with some great nightlife

INFO: (415) 379-8000 or www.calacademy.org

The three-story Amazon rainforest swirls above a transparent tunnel, my favorite place in the museum. Weekly Thursday night events feature music, entertainment and cocktails.

FAVORITE BOOKSTORE

Green Apple Books

WHERE:
  506 Clement St., at Sixth Avenue

WHAT: Local bookstore that has a great selection of new and used books

INFO: (415) 387-2272 or www.greenapplebooks.com

I love supporting local businesses, so I always go to GAB. The used books are in great condition, and the history section is vast. It’s a great place to go on a budget, or on a rainy day with a hot chocolate.

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