The connection between Beth Ferruccio's and Meg Francis's work is as intuitive as the connection between body and mind. Beth, a yoga teacher of six years certified in Yogafit, teaches body-strengthening poses for students at different stages of their lives, whether they're silver foxes or moms-to-be. Meg, on the other hand, uses her sonorous voice to coax minds into relaxed meditation. Her lilting mantras help with feelings as mundane as everyday stress or as devastating as grief. Within the stone-walled haven of Breathe Wellness studio, the pair work together from opposite ends of the wellness spectrum to bring balance to lives of clients.
Doctor of Chiropractic Todd Whittemore’s familiarity with chiropractic care dates back to the adjustments he received before he was 10. Years later, chiropractic adjustments came in handy again after a hockey injury damaged his ability to breathe, which a chiropractor remedied. By this time, Dr. Whittemore had already graduated from college and was working as an engineer. But the success of the treatment for that rib, along with subsequent treatments for his ankles, inspired him to enroll in chiropractic school.
As a former engineer, Dr. Whittemore has a head for structure and function, and he applies this knowledge while examining the spine for structural deficiencies. Stow Family Chiropractic's high-tech diagnostic equipment picks up whatever his eyes can't see. Computer analyses reveal any roadblocks in the nervous system, and x-rays paint a picture of backbones, showing any deterioration or slipped disks that might be impinging on the nerves or on patients’ ability to carry their cars to work.
At Life Achieved, certified life coach and hypnotherapist Harry Kroner guides clients toward healthier lifestyles by helping them to overcome a range of fears and personal blockades. For more than 14 years, Kroner has continually studied in the fields of psychology, coaching, philosophy, medication, and self-help. His integrated approach to improving life quality combines elements from these fields to personalize a therapy plan tailored to each of his clients. Through talking, deep-relaxation techniques, and the power of suggestion, clients can take charge of their life, gaining the motivation and the mental tools to realize weight-loss goals, quit smoking, and overcome phobias, such as fear of enclosed spaces or dizzyingly high stacks of utility bills.
Esha Washington describes herself as a cancer-conquering, God-loving, beach-bumming, jewelry-making mother of two with a passion for roller coasters, indoor skydiving, and of course, massage therapy. Her experiences, like her interests, have been diverse. She graduated from UMass Boston with a degree in business, and after 20 years as a successful realtor, decided she wanted to change people's lives more directly; that's when she took up therapeutic bodywork. She attended the massage program at Salter College, where she learned relaxation techniques such as hot-stone therapy, deep-tissue massage, and napping in a kangaroo pouch. Today all can seek Esha's expertise of her own Head to Soul Therapeutic Massage clinic.
At Pure Self-Reflection, healer Rose, a social worker, taps into an arsenal of nontraditional techniques to rejuvenate the spirit. She tears down the walls that trap clients in poor health or mental states, and helps them move forward with hypnotherapy, reiki, chakra-aligning, past-life regression, or other holistic methods. By doing so, she gets as the root of issues, from smoking addiction to stress to pain.
At Dunsky Rehabilitation and Spine Center, Doctor of Chiropractic Joshua Dunsky applies a whole person approach to each of his patients. Instead of treating them based solely on their x-rays or relation to Stretch Armstrong, he inquires about lifestyle habits and diet to gain a full picture of health. From there, he recommends treatments that can include nonsurgical spinal decompression, massages, or corrective exercises. To accommodate busy schedules, the center offers morning hours and stays open until 7 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
For more than 18 years, the licensed practitioners at Harvard Therapeutic Massage have relaxed and healed patients suffering from stress, injury, and chronic pain. Each member of the team specializes in relaxation massage and pain relief therapy. The former uses oils and lotions with a combination of gliding, kneading, and stretching all over the body to help muscles unwind and put minds at ease, while the latter sees therapists focusing on trigger points, helping blood flow to contracted areas in order to bring relief to the surrounding nerves. Select members of the team are also specialized in styles of treatment such as hot stone massage, reiki, and pre-natal massage, which helps bring relief to expectant mothers and unborn babies tired of sitting in the same position for weeks on end.