Michelle Delbonifro began her career in 1996, when she received certification as a massage therapist and opened Main Line Therapeutic Massage and Spa. She didn’t stop there. After hypnosis helped her quit smoking—which is the most satisfying job to quit—she went on to study with the American Guild of Hypnotists, becoming certified in 2005. By 2006, she added the credential of licensed aesthetician to her CV and began administering facials, chemical peels, and waxing at her salon.
Today, Michelle helms Main Line alongside staff members Sue and Jessica. The trio doles out services ranging from relaxing therapeutic and organic stress relief massages to cellulite and toning treatments. They brighten and smooth complexions with crystal- or diamond-tipped microdermabrasion tools, and administer anti-aging facials to combat fine lines and wrinkles or gentlemen’s facials make even the roughest of men look gentle. Beyond skin treatments and bodywork, Michelle continues her work as a hypnotist by helping clients shatter all sorts of habits, including smoking and insomnia.
The team renders these myriad treatments amid the sound waves of relaxing music, the scents of calming aromas drifting through the room, antiques, stained glass, and a fireplace.
Certified hypnotherapist Todd Stofka knows that, when it comes to improving performance, computers aren't the only things that require periodic upgrades. Using his Stofka Method, which he's perfected over a decade as a hypnotherapist in Philadelphia area, Todd remakes clients into people 2.0 with programs designed to halt smoking addiction, improve athletic performance, and lose stubborn pounds. "Weight loss is simple but not necessarily easy," Todd notes, adding that "hypnotherapy gets to the core reasons for being overweight". Living Thin’s weight-loss programs strive to adjust how participants view and plan their meals. The soothing hypnosis sessions combat resigned attitudes and familiar cravings, aiming to replace them with confidence and an intuitive preference for wholesome foods.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Since its founding in 1987, Living Lite's weight-loss program has helped thousands of people slim down quickly and almost effortlessly. Instead of simply telling clients to change their eating habits, its practitioners use hypnotic suggestion to root newer, healthier behaviors in the subconscious brains. Clients find themselves exercising regularly and picking more wholesome foods without ever having to think about it consciously. Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis does not induce amnesia, and participants will usually remember everything that happens during the soothing sessions.