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.
Bodies in Balance's muscle mender, Michael Millner, soothes tightened stress knots with a slew of revitalizing techniques. After a consultation, during which clients can call out specific problem areas or their favorite colors, bodies recline for a 60-minute custom mollycoddling, which targets specific aches and pains. Based in the Swedish circulatory style, each human tenderizing session blends elements of deep-tissue massage, trigger-point therapy, and hydrotherapy into a rejuvenating treatment that helps restore battered meat suits to their former glory. Meanwhile, athletes can reap the healing benefits of a sports massage to promote speedier regeneration from back injuries caused from doing improper handstands instead of defending themselves during boxing matches.
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.
Massaged therapist Cameron fine-tuned his golden touch at massage schools in both California and Massachusetts. Now drawing on more than six years of experience, he relieves chronic tension out of his own studio, White Birch Massage. Here, clients can request flowing Swedish strokes to promote relaxation, or access lower-layer tension with firm trigger-point and deep-tissue techniques. When not untying muscular knots, Cameron enjoys disk golf, yoga, and running barefoot across the backs of tense giants.
Certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists, John Ramsay, certified hypnotherapist works to empower patients by facilitating communication with the subconscious mind. After clients enter a trance, suggestions are given on a level below the conscious mind, often leading to change without struggle.