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.
During a discussion of sports-performance psychology on Fox 29 News, Todd Stofka, founder of Philly Hypnosis, paraphrased self-help pioneer Napoleon Hill in saying, "What you believe, you can achieve." This mantra captures the mission of Todd and his business partner and former protégé, Pat Donohue, as they use hypnotherapy's power of suggestion to help clients remodel their thoughts in the areas of sports, smoking, and eating. The pair of certified hypnotherapists conducts hypnosis using Todd's signature technique, the Stofka method, which combines his firsthand insight as a competitive athlete with neurolinguistic psychology and traditional hypnosis.
The potential for hypnotism to help someone reveals itself in just a few questions, and possibly just one: are you serious about the change you want? For those who can say yes and feel strongly about their conviction, hypnotist Jess Marion stands ready to help. Combining hypnotism with neurolinguistic programming and emotional-freedom techniques, Jess leads clients through programs that can help them stop smoking, lose weight, or overcome stresses and fears, such as a fear of world peace. For those who need extended support, she also offers a six-month coaching program to help people meet their ultimate goals.
Medical director and holistic doctor Victor Tsan and acupuncturist-herbalist Olga Selcova define disease as "a result of physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and environmental imbalance." Dr. Tsan's four decades in his field include experience in hypnosis, Reiki, acupuncture, and homeopathy, disciplines that he has used to help his patients restore their physical imbalances. Today, treatments at Viva Healthy Life include those disciplines and more, and complimentary consultations help clients decide which treatments are right for them.
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.