Well + Good Health Studio, an alternative healing space in Hermosa Beach, opened in early September, founded by 30-year South Bay resident Kelly Bloodgood.
The relaxing spa environment offers red light therapy, infrared saunas, pressotherapy, and dermaline infusion skin care.
Bloodgood was inspired to begin the health studio when she was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme disease after misdiagnoses that lasted years. Once diagnosed, this misunderstood disease has limited treatment options in the U.S., according to Bloodgood.
“I started researching alternative therapies and found that different types of light therapy as well as pressotherapy were beneficial for people suffering from Lyme disease," said Bloodgood. "These treatments aid in detoxifying the body, reducing inflammation and improving the immune system."
In addition to leaving her feeling rejuvenated, said Bloodgood, these treatments helped her keep Lyme symptoms at bay.
"I immediately began to feel less joint and muscle pain," she said. " My immune system is up and running again. I haven’t caught so much as a cold in the last two years. I joke that I am the healthiest sick person I know.”
One major problem, however, was that Bloodgood was having to drive distances throughout the LA area to find the treatments she needed.
That's when she decided to open a wellness studio in the South Bay.
“I want us to start focusing on what’s on the inside as well as the outside," said Bloodgood. "It doesn’t matter how good you look if you don’t feel well. These are treatments that I will need to do for the rest of my life, and I want everyone to have access to them in a beautiful and embracing environment at an affordable price.”
Bloodgood grew up in San Jose, taking long road trips with her family that included camping throughout the western states.
She was bitten by a tick as early as 1977, when the disease was—and startlingly, still is, she said—discounted or ignored on the West Coast by many in Western medicine.
After attending Loyola Marymount University, Bloodgood taught high school English, and later, eighth grade English, at Hermosa Valley School.
She took a leave of absence to have children, dealing with infertility issues which were an outgrowth of Lyme. Fortunately, she gave birth to two healthy sons, albeit two months prematurely.
Bloodgood adopted her third child, knowing that Lyme can also be passed congenitally.
“I am forever grateful that Lyme led us to our amazing daughter, Jane,” she said. “It’s one of the three blessings Lyme has given to me. The other two are connecting with others who are dealing with their own trauma from health-related issues, and opening up Well + Good.”
Everyone can benefit from these light therapies, said Bloodgood, from elite athletes to the chronically ill.
A recent client called Bloodgood to say after receiving an infrared sauna and a pressotherapy treatment, she was able to sleep nine hours uninterrupted for the first time in about 20 years. Another client can finally use his right arm without pain after one of her treatments, she said.
"I love hearing that people are feeling good because of these treatments," said Bloodgood, "No truer words have ever been spoken… if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything.”
WELL+GOOD Health Studio
1310 Pacific Coast Highway #250
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
For more information, visit: www.wellandgoodhealthstudio.com