Zen Zone Acupuncture and Spa’s original menu of services included traditional acupuncture and Chinese herbal-medicine treatments, but has expanded over the past five years thanks to a growing team, which includes a medical director who is also a plastic surgeon, an acupuncturist/herbalist, and a laser specialist. The team now treats clients with dermal fillers and detox programs, wields the Candela GentleLase laser to remove unwanted hair, and supervises a smoking-cessation program to wean clients off nicotine. Massage therapists deploy hot stones and natural essential oils to relieve aches and pains, and those trained in Chinese and Japanese acupuncture aim to erase facial wrinkles, soothe digestive issues, and rebalance people who feel off-kilter.
Soul Flower Wellness owner Lindsey Walsh helps her clients find relief from aches and tension with her collection of bodywork services. She boasts traditional offerings, including Swedish and deep-tissue massage, but also draws upon training in Asian modalities, such as shiatsu and thai massage. Mothers-to-be escape swelling, back soreness, and cravings for cheese-flavored ice cream during Lindsey’s special prenatal massages, and athletes find respite from post-game strains during her sports massages.
Mass Mobile Massage Worcester's owner was once a fitness trainer in the military, but nowadays, he tends to physiques in a more relaxed way. He and his team of more than 25 licensed therapists travel throughout the area, visiting clients' homes for massage sessions in a choice of 15 styles. Their kneads range from a Swedish massage's gentle gliding strokes to funkier styles such as reflexology, which focuses on the hands and feet, and Thai massage, which is essentially assisted yoga.
Originally started in 1998 as The AIDS Care Project, a nonprofit organization that still provides free acupuncture to patients with HIV/AIDS, Pathway to Wellness expanded in 2000 to a full service clinic offering treatments besides acupuncture. Though the treatments at Pathways to Wellness cost money, they’re available to everyone and not limited to acupuncture. The center’s experienced staff, which includes 12 licensed acupuncturists, a bodywork practitioner, and a mother that kisses boo-boos, shepherds visitors toward good health with traditional acupuncture, Chinese herb therapy, and Shiatsu bodywork. Nurturing the mind as well as the body, Pathways’ third-floor office houses educational resources and materials that cover an array of topics, such as holistic therapies, public health, and HIV/AIDS. The staff also regularly conducts research, including a clinical trial on acupuncture’s effects on women who have HIV/AIDS.
A US Marine veteran, Dr. Ilan Amar traded in the blue uniform for a white lab coat to helm A Touch of Health Chiropractic Wellness Center. Today, the doctor calls on a healthy balance of Eastern and Western treatment techniques to helps clients of all ages overcome chronic and injury-related pain. This blend of approaches allows his treatments to be supremely personalized. Neck and back pain might be corrected with a gentle adjustment, while slipped discs and pinched nerves call for a session or two on the spinal-decompression table. Other issues may require alternative techniques such as Reiki therapy and chakra work, which focus on balancing the body’s internal energies to promote self-healing. Dr. Amar couples these treatments with nutritional guidance and advice for improving each patient's overall lifestyle, such as adding exercise to their daily routine or switching out their vampire coffin for a standard mattress.
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.