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 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.
After years of working as physical therapists in the Boston area, Joint Ventures co-owners Dan Brownridge and Dave Larson noticed one major aspect missing from in most clinics—a personal relationship between the healer and patient. The duo created Joint Ventures in an effort to bring those strong relationships to their community through advanced integrated healthcare clinics where each patient gets optimal one-on-one time with their physical therapists. At all seven locations, Dan and Dave’s more than 55 practitioners craft detailed treatment plans using the facility's four-lane pools and cardio and weight machines, including therapies ranging from acupuncture to massage, yoga, or personal training. Throughout each patient’s therapy, the team of practitioners keeps their interpersonal skills on point with regular meaningful patient-therapist conversations that end with the pair weaving BFF bracelets from each others’ hair.
At Weightloss Boston, Drs. Shalva Nash and Lilia Bespalko adhere to the Sadkhin Complex, a weight-loss technique that focuses on 16 points behind the ears believed to control hunger. The duo stimulates these hunger-control points during acupressure treatments. Then, they augment the treatments with a nutrition plan of fruits, vegetables, and whole milk, or a milk alternative for those who are lactose intolerant or just afraid of cows. If the regimen is followed correctly, Weightloss Boston claims patients can lose up to 25 pounds per month.
Eric St. Laurent holds a master's degree in acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture, where he specialized in several Japanese styles, including non-insertive techniques. Though he is adept at treating a variety of ailments, he specializes in helping patients manage their anxiety without the use of medication.
According to Eastern tradition, chi—the body’s internal energy—flows along a web-like network of pathways throughout the body, connecting the brain to organs and tissues and ultimately serving as a key to wellness. For thousands of years, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners have treated everything from stress to infertility through these channels, redirecting energy and unblocking paths with sterile, hair-thin needles in an effort to restore balance and natural healing. At Koru Therapy, Geralyn Kruger and Elizabeth Debari continue this time-tested practice, helping alleviate injuries, high blood pressure, depression, and a slew of other conditions.
Elizabeth and Geralyn aren’t alone in their efforts, either—they’re joined by licensed massage therapists Carrie Stevens and Meg Taylor. These muscle gurus calm bodily tissues with custom massages that react and adapt to each client’s individual concerns. Specializing in pregnancy, myofascial, and Swedish modalities, among others, the duo can effectively eliminate chronic pain and tension or rehabilitate injuries obtained through sports or heated games of footsie.