Health is more than the absence of disease; it's the overall well being of the physical, psychological, and emotional biospheres. Today's Groupon can heal you through and through, unstick your qi, and release your hidden superpowers with an integrated, holistic deal. For $25, you get an acupuncture session and consultation at Whitespire Center of Oriental Medicine in Concord, a $60 value.
Body in Balance Studio’s neutral tones engender peace and clarity, and it is in that atmosphere that owner Pamela Smith and a staff of licensed therapists work to extricate stress from muscles. After consulting with clients, therapists personalize massage sessions with techniques such as Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stone. They can add aromatherapy to promote relaxation the way the smell of hot coffee makes it easier to wake up and the scent of gasoline makes it easier to know something's wrong with the wedding. The team also renders spa treatments—such as facials and waxing—to groom exteriors, and they host occasional yoga classes in a sage-green room.
At A Kneaded Balance, LLC, founder Angela Sharkey draws from a host of certifications as she assuages aches and pains throughout the body. Having completed advanced training in oncology massage and lymphatic treatments, Angela soothes patients battling or recovering from cancer, or encourages drainage and decongestion in clients suffering from lymphedema. In addition to treating chronic or temporary physical ailments, she also promotes a deep sense of relaxation through hot-stone massages and reflexology treatments.
At Health Source of Concord, Doctor of Chiropractic Chris W. McNulty eliminates pain and puts bodies back into balance with noninvasive, drug-free chiropractic techniques. For instance, he performs gentle spinal adjustments, using a "specific prone" technique that's geared toward patients' comfort. He also promotes health through acupuncture treatments, expertly redirecting the body's flow of energy with thin, sterile needles.
People afflicted with chronic pains and sore muscles come to licensed massage therapist Jason Colvard for relief, relying on treatments such as therapeutic bodywork, neuromuscular therapy, and Thai yoga therapy. Colvard draws on these modalities as he mends sinews damaged by injuries, repetitive motions, or stress placed on them during professional slouching competitions. He can also use bodywork techniques to help healthy athletes boost their performance.
Elizabeth Goodman is very sensitive to the stress that comes from working in a cubicle. It wasn't until she discovered massage that she felt herself begin to unwind, and she realized that the act of helping others relax was more fulfilling than her desk job. So she fled the cubicle. She works as a therapist now, treating the very same aches and pains on her clients she once experienced herself.