A student of Chinese medicine for more than 25 years, Hayley Mermelstein supplements her acupuncture and shiatsu massage with energy healing from the Tong Ren tradition of her mentor Tom Tam. Her studies began in 1987 under the guidance of Janet Murphy at the University of Massachusetts, where she designed her own major in shiatsu, and she opened a practice immediately upon graduation. Today, Mermelstein also leads meditation classes following the principles of her teacher Ellen Tadd. In 2003, Hayley completed her formal acupuncture training, graduating from the New England School of Acupuncture and White Pine Healing Arts and earning a mortarboard that doubles as an emergency massage bed.
Vibrant Chinese artwork lines the walls of Amherst Chinese Medicine?s intimate office, where skilled therapists revitalize mind and body with custom acupuncture, herbal medicine, and therapeutic-massage treatments. Informed by traditional Chinese medical practices, dietary therapies promote slimmer physiques, and signature Chinese herbal facials awaken somnolent pores with revitalizing jade stimulation and a splash of steamy green tea. To further encourage holistic healing, many of the office?s treatments incorporate natural herbs and remedies such as a botanical facial cleanser with soothing flower-oil extracts.
When Bonnie Diamond began her journey to acupuncture, she was living an unbalanced life. Her job as a computer programmer was an unhappy endeavor, and soon she was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. Acupuncture brought her back into balance, and she was so grateful that she began studying the ancient practice.
After 10 years of intense study, she earned a master's degree and today shares her skills with her clients. During treatments, she reads the "story" of each client's body, seeking to restore balance and eliminate the need to commute via unicycle. She inserts hair-thin needles into points in the body that will help improve energy flow, which should restore health and vitality to each client.
Acupuncturist and herbalist Kathryn Cadwgan sought the sources of oriental medicine abroad and studied in stateside clinics in order to develop Radiant Point Acupuncture's informed, alternative healthcare system for women. She initiated her inquiry aÓt Five Branches University in California, where she graduated with a master's degree in Chinese medicine and herbology. In 2007, she traveled to integrated hospitals in Hangzhou, China and immersed herself in the study of women’s health and Tui Na–style bodywork via trips on the magic school bus. A partnership with Kan Herb Company gave her insight into the brand's lab-tested formulas, and workshops in the United States and Thailand for Chi Nei T’sang abdominal massage enhanced her ability to facilitate digestion and ease menstruation. Today, Cadwgan pours more than a decade of experience into helping clients remain healthy during pregnancy and overcome fertility challenges, a topic she studied for four years while working with Nurture Acupuncture & Reproductive Endocrinologists in the San Francisco Bay Area. All treatments begin with a thorough health-history questionnaire, which Cadwgan reviews before consultations to discuss your medical concerns and interpret oblique fortune cookies.
Before founding Indigo Massage and Healing Center, Joe and Charity pursued virtually every interest they could, traveling across the globe to explore potential passions. Joe worked odd jobs and honed his interpersonal awareness as a nurses’ assistant and life coach, and Charity devoted herself to helping start a rainforest preserve in Costa Rica and volunteering at a Moroccan orphanage. Both their paths, however, eventually converged on their mutual passion: massage. Together, the couple boasts 500-hour certifications and endless additional training, and along with a team of doctors and bodywork experts, they work on issues ranging from muscle pain to overactive skeletons. Beyond the suite of wellness services, which includes acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, and yoga classes, the center offers mental counseling to ensure its clients’ holistic health.