Marcelle Racine, the certified massage therapist at Boston Empowerment and Wellness Center, kneads tension out of anxious backs and shoulders during one-hour Swedish massages. Employing a series of long strokes, gentle pressure, and encouraging pats on the back, Marcelle works to alleviate pain and improve flexibility. While the muscle mender manipulates dorsal landscapes, clients relax, allowing their bodies to take part in a mélange of health benefits, from bolstered blood flow to increased tissue regeneration to more effective immunity against diseases and dive-bombing pigeons.
Certified hypnotherapist Jeffrey Scott Rosen helms Professional Hypnosis Center of Weymouth. A chronic smoker for nearly three decades, Rosen saved his health by seeking out hypnotherapy. After quitting smoking, he turned to hypnosis once again to bolster his weight-loss efforts; he lost 125 pounds. Inspired by his own experiences with subconscious suggestion, he opened a hypnotherapy clinic to guide clients through depression, fear, and addiction to fear.
At i Free To Be Hypnosis, certified hypnotist Larry Quemere helps patients to overcome anxiety, habitual behaviors, and other issues through guided hypnosis sessions and personal coaching. He also educates groups in classes on topics that range from public speaking to attracting romance. Smoking cessation and weight-loss hypnosis are two other specialties.
From registered nurses to certified hypnotists, the five therapists working for Natural Body Works Healing Center have backgrounds that run the gamut from the scientific to the spiritual. However, what binds them is that each is a graduate of the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, a degree that takes 900 hours of hands-on practice to earn. With their experience and training they relax bodies, reduce chronic pain with massage and reflexology treatments, and relieve psychological stress with hypnosis and meditation. Even the painted walls soothe the senses with their gentle earth tones and soft pastel colors, carefully coordinated with the furniture and each therapist's Care Bear.
Hypnotherapy runs in Rebekah DeMartino's family. She spent her childhood watching her grandfather guide clients to well-being through hypnotherapy—a task to which he devoted 35 years of his life. Today, the certified hypnotherapist honors her grandfather at her hypnotherapy practice, Able Success Hypnosis. Through self-improvement and recreational hypnotherapy, she decimates barriers that keep her clients from wellness. Self-improvement hypnosis can preempt the subconscious precursors to poor behaviors, such as smoking or overeating, or simply ease anxiety. Recreational hypnosis, on the other hand, exists solely for fun, allowing clients to relive memories, unearth the secrets of past lives, or reflect on a deeper level.
Marisa Fanelli's first close-up encounter with Western medicine was at the age of 17, when her mother fell ill, and it was riddled with disappointments. Misdiagnoses, ineffective medications and surgeries, and most importantly, doctors' apathy toward her mother's personal well-being, discouraged Marisa. But her negative experience with modern medicine culminated in something positive: an exploration of acupuncture. At Healing Point Therapeutics, Marisa not only uses acupuncture to heal her clients mentally and physically, but she also offers other treatments in the same vein. These treatments include hypnotherapy—which she sometimes blends with acupuncture—cupping, and Gua Sha, a massage-like practice.