The massage therapists at Herb Spa don’t focus on offering a head-spinning selection of services—instead, they give their undivided attention to making sure their techniques are highly effective. Both therapeutic and Swedish massage styles are employed to melt away stress and ease body aches, and a deep-tissue massage focuses on releasing deep-set knots within the muscles. Therapists help to further eliminate muscle aches with the use of water-heated hot stones, which aim to expand constricted vessels by increasing blood flow. To release built-up energy within the body, the studio's team relies on pressure-point therapy and singing Motown classics while massaging feet during reflexology sessions.
Medford Muscular Therapy Centre has been restoring function and peace to overworked muscles since it opened in 1994. That healing tradition continues today, as four nationally certified therapists employ multiple techniques to keep patrons' tension at bay. Deep-tissue massages strategically knead sore spots, and specially designed prenatal and infant massages soothe new mothers and children who just emerged from their cocoons. Reiki, acupuncture, and energy work blend holistic healing techniques with more traditional massage treatments.
The team of licensed acupuncturists at Open Space Community Acupuncture don't knock when they're about to enter the room. That's because there's only one treatment room here, as the center specializes in communal acupuncture. In a comforting group setting, the professionals insert sterile needles into the body in an effort to boost qi, or the body's life energy. Aside from community acupuncture being better suited for a family reunion, its main difference from private acupuncture is its accessibility. Due to Open Space's arrangement, the staff members can see more patients and charge less per visit. Case in point, their treatments are priced on a sliding scale between $20?$40.
At Inner Strength Studios, seasoned instructors such as E-RYT 500 instructor Roman Szpond lead vinyasa yoga sessions for beginners, experts, and kids as young as five. Classes ranging from 60 to 90 minutes are held in heated rooms within Innerstrength's Boston studios, which were recently renovated after the Watertown location suffered fire damage. Aspiring teachers can take Innerstrength's 200-hour training program, which instills advanced yoga knowledge through classes, workshops, and a rollercoaster ride through a giant lotus. The studios also provide a slate of other services, such as personal training and massage therapy sessions.
After earning a dual bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston, Latoya Lewis graduated from the Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics and Massage Therapy. Today, she specializes in reflexology, deep-tissue, Swedish, and sports massage, in which a cushion-footed baseball mascot walks on the client's back. Latoya prides herself on her level of empathy and intuition, always making the effort to understand clients' problems and constantly tailoring her services to the individual in her care. She often incorporates elements of trigger-point therapy and reflexology, as well as stretching and breathing exercises, into her massages. Past clients have included oncology patients and senior citizens, for whom she's developed ongoing therapy plans that she hopes will translate into broader, life-related changes.
The acupuncturists at Acupuncture Together holistically combat a wide range of ailments by leveraging their Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degrees. Whether they're treating migraines, depression, or insomnia, the acupuncturists lead clients to the central treatment room, where comfortable, reclining lounge chairs await. Once everyone is comfortable, the acupuncturists carefully place therapeutic needles on the client's legs, arms, forehead, and scalp, targeting areas dictated by the client's current health or interest in the Orion constellation.